Fiji declare public holiday after cup win
March 21, 2005

Fiji's Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase has announced a public holiday to allow the Pacific nation to celebrate winning the Sevens World Cup.

Qarese said Thursday would be a public holiday which will see the celebrations continue into Easter weekend.

Proof of rugby's popularity in Fiji was evident when crowds left a live performance by Bollywood star Sonu Nigam in Suva to pack around a small television set outside the auditorium to watch the final.

Although a recent US State Department report identified tension between indigenous Fijians and Indians as a major problem in Fiji, political commentators said on Monday the World Cup win would help unite the nation, with people putting aside their differences to celebrate together.

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