Tavo Bale Bokini with her grandchildren holding a framed picture of the late Tui Tavua, Ratu Ovini Bokini. Front: Adi Kelera Dakainiviti, Ratu Josua Naborisi, Losalini Palu Korosaya Middle: Filomena Korosaya, Adi Sala Malawa Korosaya, Tavo Bokini , Adi Sa
THE Tavualevu Village ground was a sea of colours on Saturday to mark the end of the official mourning of the late Tui Tavua, Ratu Ovini Bokini.
The village ground was filled with fine mats, masi and tapa, bales of cloth, drums of kerosene and other traditional gifts during the vakataraisulu which were presented to the vanua by the members of the chiefly Navotukuyawa family.
It also included 20 huge tabua.
Tikina rep Apisalome Ulusova said Ratu Ovini's older sister Adi Laite Nariu was dressed in traditional garb to represent the chiefly family and her siblings.
His widow Tavo Bokini, their children and grandchildren were also outfitted in traditional clothes.
"They had been wearing black since our chief passed away last year. This marks the end of our mourning for our chief," Mr Ulusova said.
He said the vanua presented the family with 11 tabua, three carcass and 60 bundles of dalo to thank them for observing the mourning period.
"We also had the representative of the Sau kei Mualevu, a delegation from the Tui Ba, Tui Vitogo and all those other chiefly households that have links to us," Mr Ulusova said.
He said although Ratu Ovini had left them, the turnout on Saturday showed that his legacy was still remembered.
www.fijitimes.com - Sunday, January 17, 2010
THE immediate family of the late Tui Tavua, Ratu Ovini Bokini, ended their official mourning with a traditional ceremony attended by hundreds of people at Tavualevu Village yesterday.
The vakataraisulu was attended by all those with blood and kinship ties to the family. It also marked the one year since Ratu Ovini's death.
Tikina Tavua rep Apisalome Ulusova said at the ceremony that it was a solemn affair of great magnitude.
"They had been wearing black since our chief passed away last year. This marks the end of our mourning for our chief," he said.