ABOUT 100 people from across Nadroga gathered at Sila Village in Cuvu on Sunday to celebrate the 164th year of Christianity in the province.
The Methodist Church in Fiji's Nadroga division hosted the event to commemorate then Na Ka Levu, Ratu Kinijoji Nanovo's decision to accept Christianity and encouragement of his people to do the same.
Nadroga division tuirara Orisi Nabekasiga said the occasion was important for the people as it marked a huge change the province's people.
"This isn't just about Ratu Kinijoji's decision to accept Christianity 164 years ago. It also marked the change of his people and for the entire province. It is because of what happened on November 4, 1848 that the whole of Sigatoka has become so blessed," said Mr Nabekasiga.
Mr Nabekasiga believes the positive development that Nadroga and Navosa has seen since then was the direct result of the decision to turn away from the old iTaukei ways and accept Christ in their lives.
"Our tourism industry thrives, our people have entered into different fields of work and some have gone to become great sporting athletes representing not only Nadroga but also the nation.
"That is something that we are very proud of," Mr Nabekasiga said.