19 October 2023
Augusta Court celebrates Fiji Day
Fijian members of the care team at Augusta Court care home in Chichester shared their culture with residents for Fiji Day
On 10 October, carers at Augusta Court put on their jambas and long mumus to celebrate Fiji Day with residents. With traditional music playing throughout the day, the team taught residents some dance moves and discussed the cultural significance.
A central focus was the importance of the Fijian language and so the care team taught residents two words in Fijian – “Bula” which means hello and “Vinaka” which is thank you. The day ended with snacks in the lounge while unwinding to Fijian music.
Litia Bavia, Deputy Manager at Augusta Court, said of the day:
We were excited to share a little more about our home country with all our residents who were so keen to listen to us and join us with the celebrations. We were able to show off some hand-crafted traditional home decorations. We all wore our Fijian jambas, long mumus, and I think this alone put a lot of happy faces on our residents.
The day was so successful that the team plan to throw national day celebrations more often. It will allow everyone at the home to share their culture with one another and created conversation about all the different countries represented among the team and residents. They are planning on getting the flags of all nationalities that are present at the home and will be allocating one day a month to celebrate each resident’s national day, allowing them to learn more about each other and share what makes them unique.
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