Nine Things You Didn’t Know About Fiji
Fiji is made up of only 10 percent land斐济的领土中只有10%是土地
There are 322 islands that make up the country of Fiji, and of those only 106 are inhabited,but 90 per cent of Fiji territory is water. It’s two biggest islands are Vanua Levu and VitiLevu.斐济这个国家由322个岛屿组成，其中只有106个岛屿有人居住，而斐济90%的领土都由水构成。斐济最大的两个岛屿分别是瓦努阿岛和维提岛。
The Fiji Sevens is one of the top rugby teams in the world, and many Fijians playprofessional rugby league and union. Most islanders consider rugby to be the national sportand locals are obsessed with watching and discussing the game.
There are three official Fijian languages
Fijian, Fiji Hindu and English are the three main languages on the islands.
It’s rude to wear a hat in a Fijian village
In Fijian villages only the chief can wear a hat, it is considered an insult for anyone else todon a hat as the top of the head is considered sacred. It’s also rude to touch someone’shead and to wear shoes into someone’s house.
You can be in two different days at the same time
The International Date Line runs through the Fijian island of Tavenui, so you can stand withone foot in the present date, and the other in the day before.
Fijians used to practice cannibalism
Cannibalism was a common practice in Fiji for centuries with tribal chiefs devouring theirenemies after they had been killed.
食人习俗曾在斐济流传了好几百年，那时部落的首领杀死敌人后会把他们吃掉。The last known act of cannibalism was thought to have been in 1867 when ReverendThomas Baker was attacked while trying to spread Christianity through the islands.历史上记载的最后一次食人发生在1867年，那时传教士托马斯·贝克来到这里传播基督教，但遭到了攻击。
Fijians like to raise their eyebrows
While we tend to nod our heads, in Fiji it is common for locals to raise their eyebrows as asign of ‘yes’.
The name Fiji was a mispronunciation
The story goes that Captain Cook asked the Tongans what the name for the islands to theirwest was. He heard “Feegee”, the Tongans pronunciation of Viti, so it seems the name Fijicame from the mishearing of a Tongan pronunciation.
Most of Fijian land is owned by traditional landowners
When Fiji became a British colony in 1874 it was divided between the white
settlers and theFijian traditional landowners. Today almost 84 percent of Fijian
land is communal land,owned by indigenous Fijians and administered by the Native
Land Trust Board.