Rotuman Language Week 2021
Rotuman Language Week is on from Sunday 9 May 2021 to Saturday 15 May 2021. Activities and events are held through New Zealand to showcase the richness of the Rotuman language, culture and traditions. Find out more on the official NZ Rotuman Language Week Facebook page.
The theme for Gasav Ne Fäeag Rotuạm Ta – Rotuman Language Week this year is Tutur häk ne måür lelei – the four pillars of life and wellbeing:
Måür Fak’ata (spiritual – a place of solace that gives meaning to life)
Måür Fakforo (physical – living life in all its fullness)
‘Os A’häe (psychological – steers our presence and place in life)
Hạikạinagaga (social – our connection with people)
The traditional Rī Fak Rotuam is a Rotuman thatched shelter or house which needs four strong pillars to hold the entire house together, just like the four pillars for our wellbeing. This years theme acknowledges and celebrates the strength and resilience of the Pacific communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Where is the Rotuman language spoken?
Rotuman is spoken mainly in the Rotuma Island of Fiji. The Rotuma volcanic islands are located 646 kilometres north of Fiji. While Rotuma has bene part of Fiji since 1881, the Rotuman culture resembles that of the Polynesian Islands.
The Rotuman language is also know as the Rotunan language or Rutuma language.
Useful Rotuman words and greetings
What is the national athem of Rotuma?
Atumou Helava la Kele is the national anthme of Rotuma.