The religious significance of Easter was profoundly expressed by students through their moving performances at the post Easter celebration held at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Lautoka on Wednesday, 23 April.
The event gave students an opportunity to show their acting and singing talents through their performances that left the crowd stunned.
Organised by the USP Student Association (USPSA) Lautoka Campus, the event was attended by students from all ethnic and religious groups as well as staff of the campus.
The key speaker and chief guest at the function, Mr. Isimeli Qaranivalu from the Lautoka Methodist Church, enlightened the participants on the essence of Easter.
Mr Qaranivalu said Easter symbolized love, forgiveness and sacrifice as Jesus Christ suffered on the cross so our sins could be forgiven and we could be given a new life.
He said Easter was also a time of soul cleansing and tolerance and urged everyone to love one another and remove the ill-feelings they had towards others.
Mr Qaranivalu said Jesus was executed because of ignorance and intense jealousy of people, who were not able to match up to Him and he said the same applied to us.
“Ignorance is very dangerous. We are here to be taught so I urge you to enlighten your minds and focus on your learning, and do not feel threatened if you cannot match up with others, because that will lead to jealousy,” Mr Qaranivalu said. “Learn to love and support one another in this multi-racial country and we can then hope for a bright future.”
Student Administrative Services Coordinator USP Lautoka Joseva Veresi also briefly shared his thoughts on Easter as well as gave a special vote of thanks to everyone involved in the celebration.
“On behalf of the Director and staff of the Lautoka Campus, I thank the USPSA Lautoka for organizing this event and all the participants. We also thank Mr. Qaranivalu for making himself available for this event.”
The USPSA also provided lunch, cakes and other refreshment to the campus students and staff.