FIJI ISLANDS NATIONAL SYMBOLS





National Flag



Fiji's flag flew for the first time on Independence Day, October 10, 1970. It includes the red, white and blue Union Flag of Britain in the top left-hand corner and the shield from the Fiji Coat of Arms on a light blue background in the fly. The design for the national flag was selected as the result of a competition won jointly by Mr. Robi Wilcock and Mrs. Murray MacKenzie.







Coat of Arms

Fiji's National Coat of arms consists of the images of two Fijian warriors on either side of a shield and the motto "Rerevaka na Kalou ka Doka na Tui" below the shield. These words mean "Fear God and honour the Queen." The shield from the coat of arms has the image of a heraldic lion holding a cocoa pod across the top. Sugarcane, a coconut palm and bunch of bananas are represented in three of the shields sections. The fourth contains the reproduction of a dove of peace, the main feature, of the Cakobau Government's flag before cession.







The Tabua

The tabua a whale's tooth is much prized in Fijian tradition. It takes precedence over everything else and occupies first place in Fijian ceremony, whether for family, intertribal or s



tate occasions. It is regarded as a sacred bond between two parties. It is used as a symbol of peace and disputes or quarrels can be smoothed over by its presentation.



National Anthem

(English Version)



Blessing grant oh God of nations on the isles of Fiji

As we stand united under noble banner blue

And we honour and defend the cause of freedom ever

Onward march together God bless Fiji



For Fiji, ever Fiji, let our voices ring with pride.

For Fiji ever Fiji her name hail far and wide,

A land of freedom , hope and glory to endure whatever befall.

May God bless Fiji

Forever more!



Blessing grant oh God of nations on the isles of Fiji

Shores of golden sand and sunshine, happiness and song

Stand united , we of Fiji, fame and glory ever

Onward march together God bless Fiji.





Words by: Michael Francis Alexander Prescott (b. 1928)



(The melody is based on an old traditional Fijian song)

Fiji became an independent Commonwealth country on the 10th of October , 1970.



Listen to the Fiji National Anthem

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Meda Dau Doka - Fijian Version



Meda dau doka ka vinakata na vanua

E ra sa dau tiko kina na savasava

Rawa tu na gauna ni sautu na veilomani

Biu na i tovo tawa savasava



Chrs...

Me bula ga ko Viti

Ka me toro ga ki liu

Me ra turaga vinaka ko ira na i liuliu

Me ra liutaki na tamata

E na veika vinaka

Me oti kina na i tovo ca



Me da dau doka ka vinakata na vanua

E ra sa dau tiko kina na savasava

Rawa tu na gauna ni sautu na veilomani

Me sa biu na i tovo tawa yaga



Bale ga vei kemuni na cauravou e Viti

Ni yavala me savasava na vanua

Ni kakua ni vosota na dukadukali

Ka me da sa qai biuta vakadua