Fiji Day, on 10 October each year, is the anniversary of Fiji's independence from British Colonial rule in 1970. Fiji Day is called Fiji Week. Fiji Day is a double anniversary for the nation - on that date in 1874, King Seru Epenisa Cakobau ceded Fiji to the United Kingdom and on the same date in 1970, Fiji regained its independence.
During Fiji Week, which is the week preceding Fiji Day, the nation celebrates its unity and religious and cultural diversity with performances and programs each day focused on the two main ethnic cultures - Fijian and Indian.
The Christian, Muslim, and Hindu religions celebrate their traditions. A different theme is chosen every year, but common elements include religious ceremonies and cultural performances.