Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Lovo, Meke, and Songs

In Fiji, a Meke is a traditional dance done for a party. Men and women wear grass skirts or long dresses and dance. A lovo is an underground oven used for cooking food. Traditionally at a lovo, people sing and dance and enjoy good food. If you ever go to Hawaii (part of our country but also in the Pacific Ocean like Fiji) you may go to a luau. A lovo is similar to a Hawaiian luau. Shawn loved all of the meat that was cooked. I enjoyed the cooked pumpkin, a taro which is a root that tastes similar to potato. Another pastime in Fiji is singing. We were able to enjoy some songs written by Sailasa (the chef on the island) and his trio. They play the guitars and sing songs in their local Fijian language.
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5 comments:

  1. I read about cooking by covering things with leaves while I was researching Fiji. I did not do that when I cooked, but it sure looks fun. Did you wear a grass skirt?

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  2. It looks like that it a big ball of baked potatos wrapped in foil. And the guy uncovering the food is wearing Crocs...at least they look like Crocs.

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  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE all the videos! The singing in Fiji was wonderful-made me teary for some reason.....what a phenomenal experience for you! Thanks for posting your trip ;)

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  4. Oooh, GREAT videos!!!! The cooked pumpkin sounds yummy!
    That was such beautiful singing you guys got to see. Sounds like you guys are having a FABULOUS time!

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  5. I am very proud of you for trying new foods and taking that picture of the lovo. Looking forward to the updates from New Zealand and Australia. Are you gonna try a Vegemite sandwich while your there?

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