Sunday, August 31, 2008
The custom of tevutevu
Perhaps the gift-givers from Geelong who collected colourful materials and sewing kits wondered what happens at the other end of the Donation in Kind boxes sent to places like Fiji. Many women in Geelong gave me many boxes of goods that were sent on and I was pleased when Rinieta from Labasa showed me photos of pillowcases made for her daughter's wedding from some of the gifts.
The tevutevu is a ceremony where a room is prepared with bedding for the bride and groom, dozens of pillows, mosquito nets, blankets and so on -not that they need so many! The gifts later are shared out between relatives and only the best kept for the newly married couple!