ALL countries participating in the Pacific Mini Games attended early morning mass at the Mata-Uta Village near the Kafika Stadium yesterday.
Straight after mass, everyone took part in the royal kava ceremony, which is similar to the ones we have in Fiji.
Close to 100 pigs and woven mats were presented during the ceremony that was hosted by the King of Wallis and Futuna.
Team Fiji Chef de Mission Alini Sovu said the mass was very motivational while the kava ceremony was an insight to the Wallis and Futuna culture.
"The mass was very big and there were like a lot of people inside the church as well as outside," she said.
"All our athletes and officials attended the mass and the message shared during the mass was very motivational for them.
"As for the kava ceremony, the high chief had to do it before the opening ceremony of the Mini Games.
"And while it was quite similar to the Fijian ceremony, it was quite different as well."
Sovu said while culture and language may separate the 22 nations competing in the event, it also brought them together.
"By understanding each others customs and cultures, we become closer to them and that is what the spirit of the Mini Games is about, the unity of Pacific cultures."
The opening ceremony will be held at 2pm today (Fiji time).