Bilibili race to revive culture, traditions

Youths of Nadogo during the Bilibili race at Wainikoro river, Macuata. Picture SUPPLIED.

Youths of Nadogo during the Bilibili race at Wainikoro river, Macuata. Picture SUPPLIED.

A BILIBILI (bamboo raft) race was held along the Wainikoro River outside Labasa on Saturday in an effort to empower youths of Nadogo in Macuata.

According to Ratu Solomone Catarogo, the leader of Navialoa clan of Nadogo Village, the event was also aimed at reviving the iTaukei culture for their younger generation.

“Most of our young generation today have lost touch with their culture and traditions,” he said.

Ratu Solomone said through the bilibili race, youths would be able to know more about their history, culture and tradition.

“The youths will be able to learn of how our forefathers travelled from one place to another by using simple bamboo rafts.

“This is another way we can strengthen them to use bamboo along our rivers instead of the powered fibreglass boats.”

Ratu Solomone said while their aim was to keep the iTaukei tradition and culture alive for their young ones, the race was also another way to challenge youths to be active in their various youth groups.

“We remind them that being involved in a youth group would strengthen them to become independent and responsible adults in the future.”

Twenty teams took part in the race.

The event was organised by the Nadogo Bilibili Association.