SUVA, Fiji, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 12th Augst,2016) - Fijians erupted in celebration Friday, setting off flares and dancing in the streets while a national holiday was declared after the tiny nation won its first ever Olympic medal -- and gold at that. The South Pacific island country came to a standstill at the start of the rugby sevens final against Great Britain, and by half-time the fireworks had started and there was a monumental chorus of car horns as it became evident Fiji would win and create history.
"This is the biggest day in Fiji's history. Everyone is celebrating," said photographer Feroz Khalil who watched the final on the big screen at the main stadium in Suva. "It was crazy. There were people chanting, crying, tears were flowing. I'm feeling so happy." Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, who was in Rio de Janeiro to watch the final, announced there would be a public holiday on August 22, the day after the team arrive home.