THE people of Waya Island yesterday commemorated 96 years since the measles epidemic in Fiji.
They celebrate every February 17 with a feast and a special church service to remember how the epidemic spared their island.
About 300 people from the island attended the church service at the Assemblies of God Center in Waiyavi, Lautoka.
Natawa villager Vasu Cokanauto said February 17 was remembered no matter where they were in the world.
"We mark this special day because when Fiji was fully infected back then, Waya had three prayer sessions per day to ask for the Lord's protection and it worked," Mr Cokanauto said.