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.”