Independence days celebrated

Members of Southland's Indian community gather on the SIT campus to raise their national flag to commemorate Indian Independence Day last Tuesday. Photos: Hayden Williams

THE independence days of various Asian nations were celebrated at the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) last week.

The celebrations began on Tuesday with an Indian flag-raising ceremony opposite the SIT cafe to mark Indian Independence Day.

Indian Independence Day commemorates the country’s independence from the United Kingdom on August 15, 1947.

On Wednesday another flag-raising ceremony was held to mark Korean National Liberation Day, which is held annually to commemorate the liberation of the Korean Peninsula from Japanese colonial rule in 1945 and the formation of independent Korean governments in 1948.

Members of Southland’s Korean community gather to acknowledge Korean Liberation Day at the campus last Wednesday.

On Thursday, Indonesian Independence Day was celebrated with a third flag-raising ceremony at the campus.

The Indonesian celebration continued with an evening of traditional food and festivities at SIT’s Hansen Hall on Saturday evening attended by visiting Indonesian ambassador Tantowi Yahya and featured Indonesian singer Kristina.

Indonesian Independence Day marks the country’s declaration of independence from the Netherlands on August 17, 1945.

Southern Institute of Technology chief executive Penny Simmonds (left) and members of Southland’s Indonesian community in traditional batik-patterned clothing to mark Indonesian Independence Day.
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