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This is how 70th Republic Day was celebrated outside India

The 70th Republic Day was celebrated with great fervour at Indian high commissions and embassies across the world

SNS | New Delhi |

India’s 70th Republic Day was celebrated by great fervour by Indians residing abroad as they joined the functions organised by Indian high commissions and embassies in different countries, including Pakistan.

Most of these high commissions and embassies posted photographs of the Republic Day celebrations on social media.

At the official functions, the 70th Republic Day of India was observed with ambassadors and high commissioners concerned hoisting the Tricolour, followed by playing of the National Anthem, in t he presence of embassy/high commission officers and their family members and members of the Indian community, among others.

In Pakistan, the Indian High Commission celebrated the day with great enthusiasm. It posted on Twitter: “The 70th Republic Day of India was celebrated with great joy in Pakistan. High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria unfurled the tricolour and read excerpts from Rashtrapati ji’s message. A colourful cultural program of patriotic songs and poems was organised.”

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In Singapore, 1200 Indians attended the unfurling of the Tricolor and sang the national anthem at Indian High Commission.

“An excellent cultural performance by children from seven Indian school and Indian refreshment completed the festive atmosphere,” the mission posted on Twitter.

In Brunei Darussalam, High Commissioner Ajaneesh Kumar unfurled the national flag at 8 am (local time), which was followed by singing of the National Anthem. The High Commissioner read out the President’s Address to the Nation. The event was attended by over 125 members of the Indian community, persons of Indian origin and friends of India.

At Bhutan capital Thimpu, the 70th Republic Day of India was observed with a ceremonial function at the Embassy Residence. The flag hoisting ceremony was attended by officers and family members of Indian Embassy, officers and other ranks of the Indian Military Training Team, Project DANTAK, Indians on deputation with the Royal Bhutanese Government, representatives from Public Sector Units and other members of the local Indian community. Over 500 members of the Indian community were present.

The Indian Embassy at Jakarta, Indonesia, celebrated the Republic Day at the India House. Ambassador Pradeep Kumar Rawat hoisted the National Flag with as large gathering of Indian nationals and members of Indian diaspora in attendance. About 40 school children from four Indian schools – Gandhi Memorial Intercontinental School, the Rama International School, Texmaco DPS School and Beacons Academy – sang the National Anthem and patriotic songs on the occasion and the students of Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre (JNICC) also performed a dance item on the occasion.

Similar ceremonies took place at the Indian consulates in Bali and Medan.

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It snowed in Astana, Kazakhstan, as Ambassador Prabhat Kumar hoisted the National Flag at Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre. A function was held in Almaty too.

“The Flag hoisting ceremony on the occasion of the 70th Republic Day was held on 26.01.2019 at SVCC. Ambassador unfurled the national flag followed by reciting of the National Anthem and reading of Hon’ble President’s Address to the Nation on the eve of Republic Day,” the embassy posted on Twitter.

At Phnom Penh, Cambodia Ambassador Manika Jain unfurled the Tricolour at the Indian Embassy. The event was attended by a large number of Indians living in that country. A cultural programme was part of the function and the guests were treated to “Indian refreshments”.

The Indian High Commission in Australia marked the 70th Republic Day of India at the India House in Canberra. High Commissioner Dr AM Gondane hoisted the Tricolour in the presence of a large number of Indian citizens and diaspora.

As part of the function in Japan, school children sang patriotic songs in Tokyo. Ambassador Sanjay Kumar Verma hoisted the national flag. Nearly 700 Indian nationals and friends of India attended the ceremony.

Indians in China gathered on the embassy premises in Beijing to celebrate the 70th Republic Day.

At the time of writing, it was still early for the 26 January function to start in many parts of the world. This report will be updated.