So does Fiji have a 4th of July? Of course, there is a 4th of July everywhere, every year. Sorry for the old joke!
But we can testify that the Samabula 1st Ward does indeed celebrate the 4th of July. The YSA were in charge and decorated the rec hall with red, white and blue streamers and balloons and organized a dance. Everyone was told to dress “America”. I had to ask exactly what was meant by that – seems it meant they could wear jeans. I have a whole closet full of American clothes and there is not one pair of jeans in it!
But it was a fun evening and after we oldies left and the YSA’s arrived they tell us it was a good evening.
As we went over at the appointed hour – you know that hour when no one else comes for a least another hour, we found another celebration taking place just outside of the church grounds. There was a group all dressed in Indian gear with a statue in the back of a pickup truck and drums and marchers all parading past the church. We asked what they were celebrating and they told us they were celebrating the birthday of their church.
Evidently it was quite a birthday because Elder and Sister Terry reported that it was a church just down the hill from their house and that they celebrated all week-end long. Lots of drums!