NASEAKULA villagers in Labasa embraced the spirit of forgiveness following an emotional spiritual cleansing ceremony organised by the village's Methodist Church circuit on Friday.
The young and old from the Tuatua, Wasavulu, Sumunaira, Nakoroicake, Tikinaiqawa and Banito clans shed tears and sought each other's forgiveness during the much-awaited ceremony which took place on the village ground.
In his speech, Wasavulu chief Ratu Savenaca Ritova sought the church and the vanua's mercy for his clan and family's transgressions.
A lot of bad things, Ratu Savenaca said, had happened in the past which created a barrier among villagers.
He said some of his actions also contributed to perceived splits in their relational ties, which he was sincerely sorry for.
Ratu Savenaca told the villagers that it was prudent for them to emulate the lifestyle of their forefathers, one that fostered inclusiveness, forgiveness and togetherness.
He also apologised to the church and its faithful. He added they should forgive and forget the past for the purpose of moving forward and creating a healthy relationship.
Circuit steward Ulaiasi Racaku said the ceremony was initiated by the church in a bid to bring the members of the clans together to seek each other's forgiveness.
He said organising such ceremonies was needed to ensure a better, strong and healthy relationship among the villagers.