Fiji stories, Labasa, South Pacific culture, family, migration, Australia/Fiji relationship
Sunday, May 27, 2012
20 years of Fijian congregation at Dandenong
We've just been up to Dandenong in Melbourne for the weekend for a splendid celebration at the Trinity Uniting Church to signify twenty years of the Fijian congregation there. Abundant hospitality, great yarning with friends going back even more than twenty years, many stories and connections with Fiji - Ba, Lautoka, Rakiraki and other places. It was an excellent way to also celebrate Pentecost - we had a concert Saturday night with items from Fijian, Fiji Indian, Cook Islander and other groups. The church service this morning involved various groups singing, including bhajans, and again a delightful meal shared by more than two hundred people. One photo is of a Dilkusha girl holding a photo of Gwen Davey who will celebrate her 94th birthday next week. Happy birthday Gwen who was Mum to the Dilkusha girls for many years. I'll post
Introducing Peceli and Wendy. Babasiga (pronounced bambasinga) is the dry land of Macuata in northern Fiji - our place in the sun in Fiji. The town is Labasa and our village is Vatuadova and the beach is Nukutatava. We are part of Wailevu Fijian tribe with relatives in Mali Island and Naseakula village. Peceli was born in Labasa and Wendy is an Australian and today live in Geelong, Australia.