Virus restrictions force Fiji’s kava culture to adapt | AFP

Once the preserve of men and consumed in ritualistic ceremonies by villagers and chiefs alike, Fijian traditional drink kava is attracting a new market as coronovirus restrictions prompt more women to sample the mildly narcotic brew. Kava, known in Fiji as yaqona, is an essential part of South Pacific culture, used throughout the region for relaxation and stress relief.

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