Patriotic vibes were spread across the Indian community around the world as they celebrated the 68th Indian Republic Day by participating in flag hoisting ceremonies, cultural events and some interesting digital displays.
The Indian Diaspora across the world marked the 68th Republic Day by hoisting India’s national flag, playing the Indian president’s address to the nation from Republic Day eve and singing the national anthem. Various cultural events were also organised at Indian embassies all around and at private venues.
At the embassy of India in France, Ambassador Dr Mohan Kumar took the celebratory leads by hoisting the tricolour and sharing the president’s message. The inauguration was followed by singing of patriotic songs in Hindi and Kannada.
In Egypt, members of the Indian community as well Egyptian friends of India and students of Indian languages at the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC) celebrated the day at the India House premises in Zamalek. India’s Ambassador to Egypt, Sanjay Bhattacharyya hoisted the national flag and read out President Mukherjee’s message.
Expats in Ukraine’s capital Kiev also participated in the flag hoisting ceremony.
In Singapore, a Republic Day event was organised by India’s High Commissioner, Jawed Ashraf who unfurled the flag and also hosted a reception for the community which included business leaders.
Interestingly, the island city-state used the world’s largest high definition video wall at Singapore’s Suntec Convention Centre, lighting up with Republic Day greetings which read, ‘India Happy 68th Republic Day’ and displayed the Indian flag. Suntec is one of the most popular convention centres for hosting international exhibitions and conferences.
On similar digital lines of celebrations, Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building lit up in tricolour and presented a spectacular view of the building wrapped in the Indian flag. This not just marked the 68th Republic Day but also the strong cultural and trade bond between India and the UAE.
“#BurjKhalifa wishes The #RepublicOfIndia a Happy National Day,” the official account of Burj Khalifa tweeted.
— Burj Khalifa (@BurjKhalifa) 25 January 2017
The crown prince of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, was in the Indian capital, New Delhi, as the Republic Day Parade’s chief guest.
Closer home, the Indian community in Sri Lanka celebrated this national festival by gathering at the India House in Colombo where high commissioner Taranjeet Singh Sandhu unfurled the tricolour.
Similar ceremonies took place in the neighbouring Nepal at the Indian embassy in Kathmandu where Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae led the crowd. He also distributed cheques worth INR 40 million to the widows and next of kin of deceased soldiers of the Indian armed forces from the Defence Attache, Welfare Fund. Rae also hosted a reception in the Indian Embassy ground.
Taking social initiatives and reassuring its will to building up Nepali economy and society, the embassy donated books to 60 educational institutions of Nepal, gifted 20 ambulances and four buses to various hospitals, non-profitable charitable organisations and educational institutions.
The Indian community in Bangladesh gathered at the new Chancery Complex in Baridhara where Indian High Commissioner, Harsh Vardhan Sringla unfurled the tricolour and youngsters from the community showcased cultural events.