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Minister for Home Affairs and Immigration, Pio Tikoduadua during a media conference at the Government Building New Wing press centre in Suva on Thursday, Sep 21, 2023. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) will have the opportunity to display their products, whether it be food or intricate crafts, during the upcoming Fiji Day celebrations at Albert Park on October 10, 2023.

The celebrations will start with a Fiji Day parade and a public march from the Suva Flea Market to Albert Park.

Speaking to the media yesterday, Home Affairs Minister Pio Tikoduadua said all members of the public are invited to the celebrations.

“The main centre of celebration, Suva, has a day filled with activities that truly represent the spirit of Fiji. Senior government officials, the diplomatic corp, schools, civil servants, and the public are all invited to join in this grand spectacle at Albert Park,” Mr Tikoduadua said.

“The day will commence with the much-awaited Fiji Day parade, showcasing the trooping, the colours by our very own Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF). Following this, a public march will ensue, bringing together schools, government bodies, NGOs (non-government organisations), faith-based organisations, and business houses, all marching from Flea Market to Albert Park.

“To further highlight the entrepreneurial spirit of our nation, the event will also host a market day, where Small and Medium Enterprises will display their products, offering a myriad of choices, from delicious food to intricate crafts.”

Mr Tikoduadua said sporting activities and musical performances would also be available on that day.

“The youth is our future, and to invigorate their participation, the Ministry of Youth and the Fiji Sports Commission will organise sporting events at Albert Park, making it a complete Fiji Day at the park program.

“Of course, no Fijian celebration is complete without music and dance. Renowned musicians, the Fiji Police band, the Fiji Corrections band, and meke groups from across our islands, including those from Lutu, Nukutubu, Rotuma, the Solomons, and our Indo-Fijian community, will grace the occasion with their mesmerising performances. Fifty-three years of independence is no small feat. It is a testament to our strength, our unity, and our shared vision. I urge each one of you to participate, raise our beautiful Fiji flag high, and take immense pride in being a part of this great nation.”

Celebrations in the Western Division would be at the Golden Age Home Lautoka, in the Northern Division celebrations will take place at the Subrail Park in Labasa, and Levuka will be the centre of celebrations for those in the Eastern Division.

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