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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."

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