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Zebra57
899536.  Fri Apr 06, 2012 8:52 pm Reply with quote

Fiji became a republic in 1987 following a military coup, but symbols of the monarchy were still visible. The Queen's portrait for example remained on banknotes and coins and her official birthday is still a public holiday on the island. The Queen retains the title of "Paramount Chief".

The majority of ethnic Fijians have two given names, a Christian name and a traditional name. Therefore George Speight who led a coup d'état in 2000, contested a future election under the name of Ilikimi Naitini.

Singh would appear to be the most common name among the Indo-Fijians with the golfer VJ Singh an example.

 
suze
899549.  Sat Apr 07, 2012 4:41 am Reply with quote

In most of the world, the surname Singh usually (although not always) identifies the owner as Sikh, but I discover that this is not the case in Fiji.

There are only one thousand or Sikhs in Fiji but quarter of a million Hindus, and Singh is indeed the most common surname among Fijian Hindus such as that golfer.

Unil last year, the word "Fijian" was supposed to apply only to persons of indigenous ancestry, while citizens of other ancestry (primarily Indian, but there are also Chinese and white communities) were supposed to be called "Fiji nationals".

But the Prime Minister Frank Bananarama changed that by decree last year. All citizens are now Fijian; if it is necessary to note that a person is of indigenous ancestry then the word itaukei should be used.

 
Bondee
900151.  Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:31 am Reply with quote

Zebra57 wrote:
Singh would appear to be the most common name among the Indo-Fijians with the golfer VJ Singh an example.


Vijay Singh. It's his name, not his initials.

 
krollo
900271.  Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:35 pm Reply with quote

In Fiji it is a sin to touch the arm of a chief.

 
Sadurian Mike
900439.  Tue Apr 10, 2012 4:38 am Reply with quote

Fiji is one of the smallest regular military forces in the world, numbering only 3500 full-time troops. It has a small patrol-boat navy but no air force or weapons heavier than infantry mortars.

During the Second World War, the Fiji Defence Force (FDF) served with the New Zealand Army in the form of the Fiji Infantry Regiment. Its highly effective ambush technique earned it the nickname of 'death with velvet gloves'. The Fijians had a reputation for bravery in combat, with Corporal Sefanaia Sukanaivalu earning a posthumous Victoria Cross during the Battle of Bougainville.

More recently, the stationing of FDF battalions overseas is an important source of income.

 
Zebra57
917331.  Sat Jun 16, 2012 8:27 am Reply with quote

Fiji is rapidly becoming a favourite location for Bollywood film makers.

http://india.nydailynews.com/entertainmentarticle/315be3421ce666de059a1cb62ff915e8/fiji-is-new-hotspot-for-indian-movies

 
Zebra57
969534.  Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:10 am Reply with quote

Fiji is likely to be adopting a new flag.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/union-jack-may-disappear-from-fiji-flag/story-e6frg6so-1226546495383

http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=221561

 
duglasbell@hotmail.co.uk
1248071.  Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:04 pm Reply with quote

Zebra57 wrote:
Fiji became a republic in 1987 following a military coup, but symbols of the monarchy were still visible. The Queen's portrait for example remained on banknotes and coins and her official birthday is still a public holiday on the island. The Queen retains the title of "Paramount Chief".

The majority of ethnic Fijians have two given names, a Christian name and a traditional name. Therefore George Speight who led a coup d'état in 2000, contested a future election under the name of Ilikimi Naitini.

Singh would appear to be the most common name among the Indo-Fijians with the golfer VJ Singh an example.


Fiji is, in fact, the only country in the word to violently overthrow Queen Elizabeth II.

A further interesting tit-bit - the ceremonial uniform of the Fijian Army also includes the kilt.

Source: P Brogan, World Conflicts Book 2

 
AlmondFacialBar
1248177.  Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:16 pm Reply with quote

At an improbablity factor of roughly 276,709 to 1 against, Fiji has also given Gaelic Games (and partly Aussie Rules) four of its absolute finest, the Ó hAilpín Brothers, Setanta, Seán Óg, Aisake, and Teu. They're Australian-born Corkmen with a Fijian mother of Rotuman ethnicity cos life is complicated like that. Should they ever decide to adopt the above mentioned double naming tradition, it'll become even more so.

As for the kilt, it makes more sense if you give it its proper name, sulu, because it's definitely not the type of garment Conor MacLeod from the clan of MacLeod would wear. It's white, made from the kind of light fabric that goes with a tropical climate and part of general Fijian formal dress:

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
duglasbell@hotmail.co.uk
1248422.  Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:50 am Reply with quote

And if you think Fiji are the current reigning Olympic rugby champions then it's a klaxon for you, I'm afraid!

The actual reigning world rugby champions are the United States of America. In Paris 1924, and to the horror of their hosts, the USA thrashed the French 17-3. After two French players were injured and fighting broke out in the stands the US team were booed for the rest of the game and throughout the medal ceremony.

Fiji are the reigning Olympic champions in rugby sevens.

Source: D Wallechinsky, The Complete Book of the Olympics.

 
AlmondFacialBar
1248454.  Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:21 pm Reply with quote

Well yes...

 

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