Kiribati community celebrate their country’s independence

Tuesday July 14, 2020 Written by Published in Local
 The Cook Islands Kiribati community marked their country’s independence ON Saturday night showcasing their unique culture. Supplied/20071304 The Cook Islands Kiribati community marked their country’s independence ON Saturday night showcasing their unique culture. Supplied/20071304

Over 200 members of the Cook Islands Kiribati community joined their fellow countrymen from around the world to mark their 41st independence celebration.

The event held at St Joseph’s Hall on Saturday night showcased and celebrated the country’s unique culture.

Community representative Kathleen George-Nubono said the members were divided into three groups – Te Mauri (Health), Te Raoi (Peace), and Te Tabomoa (Prosperity). They each representing the coat of arms of the country, officially known as the national emblem of Kiribati.

Each group represented a colour on the Kiribati national flag – red, blue and yellow.

George-Nubono said on Sunday – the actual date of Independence Day – the community officially conducted their flag raising ceremony and sang their national anthem.

In Kiribati, the Independence Day celebrations usually last for several days because of a number of public holidays such as Gospel Day, Senior Citizens’ Day and National Culture Day.

George-Nubono added the biggest celebration is held in South Tarawa, the capital of Kiribati.

“It takes place at the Bairiki National Stadium. It includes President’s speech and a colourful parade. Independence Day festivities also involve traditional dance, kite-flying, canoe races and various sports events and competitions.”

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