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Published on Mar 9, 2014
When visiting a Fiji village, it is customary to present a gift of kava root or ground up kava to the village chief or his representative. Ground up kava is then mixed with cold water and the resulting drink looks like muddy water. The ceremony is usually in a communal hall which is covered by mats. Before entering the hall, you must remove your footwear and your hat. Your group elects a chief who will represent your group and drink kava with the village executive. Everyone must sit down and remain seated during the ceremony. Men are seated opposite the villagers and in front of the women. You are allowed to take photographs, but it is always respectful to ask. The chief (the eldest man in your group) presents the root to the Village Chief. The ceremony then begins as the villagers grind up the Kava and strain it through a cloth bag into a large wooden bowl placed in the middle of the room. It is then offered to your chief and second. Then the village's executive head drinks the Kava before it is offered to the rest of the room. After that it is shared with everyone. The men drink first and then the women.