Fiji Time: 6:34 PM on Sunday 28 May

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Celebrating the life of Girmitiya

Atasa Moceituba
Friday, May 15, 2015

FIJIANS of Indian descent marked Girmit Day yesterday — a day of remembrance, a day to honour the Girmitiya, their dreams, their hardship, and their life — a past which has beyond doubt positively influenced our today.

People from all walks of life joined in the celebrations at Suva's Civic Centre to honour the sacrifices and the struggles of the indentured labourers, who arrived on ships in search of a better life — 136 years ago.

India High Commissioner Gitesh Sarma said the term Girmit meant "suffering of people" adding the term is also associated with hope.

Mr Sarma said they also took advantage of the day to rededicate themselves by establishing good relationships with others.

"The celebration today reflects modern Fiji where everybody is part of this country and has an equal chance to make a contribution in the development of the country."

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65410.6351
JPY 54.851651.8516
GBP 0.37340.3654
EUR 0.43260.4206
NZD 0.69690.6639
AUD 0.65350.6285
USD 0.48690.4699



Exchange Rate updated on 26th, May, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Narrative from 16 queens
  2. Nurse pact
  3. Tu'uakitau urges students to acquire trade skills
  4. Rabuka commends Fiji's UN peacekeepers
  5. Talei's rise in rugby
  6. Food bank project
  7. Education is Kovisa's top choice
  8. Design Divas
  9. Search begins for Kaila! star
  10. Miller seeks to minimise injuries

Top Stories this Week

  1. $16k freight scam Saturday (27 May)
  2. Man wants house back Wednesday (24 May)
  3. Qoro on Pleass board Monday (22 May)
  4. Henry's debt to mum Wednesday (24 May)
  5. Work cut out Monday (22 May)
  6. Toorak youths distraught over lost jerseys Tuesday (23 May)
  7. Mystery chests, villagers warned Wednesday (24 May)
  8. Pillar of strength Wednesday (24 May)
  9. Thank you midwives Monday (22 May)
  10. Rabuka not happy Wednesday (24 May)