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Fara Festival, Fiji

Fara Festival, Fiji

The island of Rotuma and its neighboring islets belong to Fiji, though they are culturally and socially very distinct. With their own indigenous ethnic group and a culture heavily influenced by other Polynesian islands, particularly Tonga and Samoa, Rotuma is a unique member of the archipelago.

Each year Rotumans celebrate Fara, during which large groups of singers, musicians, and dancers travel between houses to entertain the families who live there and encourage their participation. In return the performers are given food, drink, and are ceremoniously sprinkled with perfume and scented powders.