Every year on the beginning of October Fiji celebrates its independence day. Fiji got its independent from Britain in 1970. The celebrations that last for a week focus on Melanesian Cultural Festival and present various traditional cultures of the area.
The festival entertains local music and dancing bands. Bands from the neighbor countries: Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu as well as some groups from New Caledonia also participate in the festival. Lots of tourists participate in the joy of the Fiji week.