12 June, 2006
Celebrations today in Suva
Suva celebrates the Queen's birthday which has been put together with celebrations of the IRB 7s series win for 2006. The celebrations are happening at the time of this post at the Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva. Waisale Serevi, player/coach of the 7s Rugby team for this year, is the centre of celebrations as is the team that won the final leg of the tournament at the London 7s. The players and team officials share a F$160,000.00 prize set aside by Government to thank them. All players that played in the series this year will have a share of that prize money. In the meantime, Digicel Communications, the largest mobile telecommunications provider in the Caribbean, has recently agreed on a major sponsorship deal for Fiji 7s Rugby. The win in the IRB 7s tournament would certainly be a good boost to the company for sponsoring the Fiji team. Fiji's connections to Britain and the British Royal Family goes back to the time of Queen Victoria when chiefs of Fiji ceded the country to the Queen for protection under the crown in 1874. Even though Fiji was made a republic in events back in 1987, Fiji has not ceased to celebrate the Queen's birthday as a sign of our personal allegiance to the Queen and the Royal Family. One of the highlights today is the display by the brass band of the Fiji Military Forces which has always topped any such celebrations with their smart display and march formations. The band has participated a few times at the military tattoo, a march display by brass bands, in Scotland. There you go. If you are in Suva, you can still go down to the Post Fiji Stadium at take part in the celebrations or simply tune into Fiji One TV from your homes to watch live.