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Girmit Day / Girmit Diwas
Girmit Day / Girmit Diwas
Girmit day is celebrated in memory of Indian ancestors who were the very first settlers in Fiji. The first ship of Indian people had landed Fiji on 14th May 1879 and this day is remembered as GIRMIT Day / GIRMIT Diwas. These Indian settlers were called Girmitiyas. More info on girmit.org
Programs and prayers are organized on this day across Fiji and New Zealand at community centers and temples, to pay our respect and honor Girmitiya ancestors.
- Fiji Girmit remembrance day – 140th anniversary program on 10th May, 6.30pm to 9.30pm at ARST Community Hall, 53 Skipton St, Mangere East, Auckland 2024. Organized by Fiji Girmit Foundation of New Zealand
- 140th Girmit Day remembrance program on 10th May evening. Organized by Waitakere Indian Association, Auckland
- Program at Shri Ram Mandir, 11 Brick Street, Henderson on 14th May, 7pm onwards (Arti, Ramayan, Girmit program and followed by maha prasad / feast)
- Girmit Diwas celebrations, 18th May, from 10am at Shiv Hall, 43 Holmes Road, Manurewa. Organized by SST Senior Citizens Association.
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