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Relationships, Marriage, & Family Life in Fiji

Significant dating is somewhat rare in Fiji, by both the ethnic Fijians as well as the ethnic Indians. In both these cultures marriage is important to the families of the individuals and in both cultures the families get intimately involved in who their child marries. Today dating is becoming more common and many young people want more freedom to date and marry who they please, but most families still help with this process.

Once a couple decides to marry (and today most couples make this decision although arranged marriages do still exist), they have a wedding ceremony. Many of the Fijians will get married in a church or another venue with family and friends present, while the Indians tend to get married in a temple or elsewhere that is more representative of their religion (most of the Indians in Fiji are Hindu). Very few people will marry without their family's approval as this can lead to an individual being excommunicated from their family and town.

Once a Fijian couple marries they are officially viewed as adult members of the community as they are given mats and other items to begin their lives together in one home. Marriage among ethnic Fijians also forever links families as the two families will communicate more and act as one extended family. Marriage in Fiji is at the core of the culture as villages, towns, and relationships with other towns are heavily dependent on marriage and family ties. Because family is so important, it is not a surprise that most Fijian couples have large families, generally with two or more children.

Like the ethnic Fijians, the ethnic Indians also view marriage as a cornerstone to their culture and community and families tend to be large and extended families are often very close. Like the Fijians, the Indians view marriage as a union between families as a whole and this union forges a bond between families.

This page was last updated: November, 2013