LAND OF PRISTINE BLUE OCEAN
Fiji is an island group in the South Pacific Ocean, about four hours out from Australia and 5 hours from Hawaii. This island terrain is diverse and capturing, with the southeastern portion overflowing with tropical rainforest and the western portion covered in mountains. The average climate ranges between 68 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing for a warm and friendly environment for anyone that enjoys the sun. The island itself is slightly smaller than New Jersey.
Communal living is a true treasure of this land. There are as many as 332 islands that make up this country, but approximately only 110 are inhabited. This allows for a closeness in society that is unique to small populations. The majority of people living in Fiji are from the iTaukei ethnic group. The other approximately 40% are from Indian ancestry, European, part European, other Pacific Islanders, or Chinese descent. This unique history has produced a very unique but accepting society. Fijians, Indo-Fijians, and people of mixed Euro-Fijian descent, interact accepting with one another in the market, shops, and at their work. The only time one sees true distinction is in religion and domestic customs. Ethnic Fijians (iTaukei) feel a strong connection with their village or community through shared kinship. Households affiliate with households with which they share a male ancestor. This allows for a sub network of social and economic support among some iTaukei families.
Both the iTaukei and Indo-Fijian cultures have strong domestic customs tied to their religious beliefs and societal values. An instance where this can be seen is in how each approach their mealtimes. Indo-Fijians tend to separate their men and women during meal times while iTaukei eat evening meals together, serving the men first, with women attending to the preparing of meals. The ex