THE people of Tailevu turned out in numbers on the first day of the Adi Tailevu Festival at Syria Park in spite of the rain and heavy underfoot conditions.
And organisers of the festival — the Soqosoqo Vakamarama Tailevu — said it was happy with the turnout on the first day.
Decked out in their sulu jaba and bula shirts, the men and women turned the otherwise dreary park in Nausori into a sea of colours as they came out to show their support for the festival.
"As you can see, we have our 13 queens from the districts there on stage. So at the end of the day, we hope to collect so much and as you can see here on the first day, people are still here in numbers," Soqosoqo Vakamarama Tailevu secretary Ana Tagivakatini said.
"The people here have come in numbers from as far as Tailevu North — Wainibuka and Dawasamu."
She also appealed to all people from Tailevu to come and be a part of the celebrations.
"To the people of Tailevu, we hope that we can continue to get very good support, we have been having the support of the turaga ni vanua and all the chiefs of Tailevu.
"And the women of Tailevu hope that this festival can bring us all together.
"It had lapsed some years ago but we hope that this will bring them together, the men, women and children."
The festival aims to raise $200,000 that will go toward the construction of a hall for women in the near future.