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A proud vanua

Luke Rawalai
Sunday, August 24, 2014

THE people of Delaivuna on Taveuni were proud to be part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Catholic Church in Taveuni after performing meke especially for the occasion.

A 60-member strong delegation of performers from the farming community clad in traditional wear proudly performed for the Archbishop Peter Loy Chong who was on the island to celebrate the opening mass.

Braving the dark as the reception for Archbishop Chong started late after the Catholic head arrived late from Vunikura Village, the meke group put on a lively show depicting the presentation of the cross to former Tui Cakau, Ratu Golea Lalabalavu and the conversion of the people of Taveuni and part of Cakaudrove into Catholicism.

A senior citizen stood out as she glided gracefully through as the group performed for the head of the Catholic Church in Fiji.

Sixty-five-year-old Ursula Low said she was proud and happy to be part of the celebrations, particularly being the oldest member of the group.

Ms Low, who is a farmer at Delaivuna, said the meke was part of a history forgotten and as for youths who took part in the dance, it would revamp the Catholic Church on Taveuni.

She said most of these stories and history had been lost to people and she was proud because the meke retold the great event.

Youngest group meĀ­mber Ioane Poasa, 13, a student at South Taveuni Primary School described the feeling of performing at the celebrations as the proudest moment of his life.

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