The nation celebrated its 70th year of Independence in all its grandeur, with the tricolour adorning the streets and corners. The national flag was unfurled with nationalistic sentiment and dreams of a wonderful future.
Home or abroad, the Independence Day is a day of pride for Indians, it’s a momentous day to remember our past, and recollect the tales of freedom, while looking at a bright future of our country. Indians in different countries celebrate the day with enthusiasm and fervour amongst the Indian community to mark the day. Here’s how desis abroad celebrated the 70th Independence Day:
A Parade in New York
The magnificent India Day Parade was organized by the Federation of Indian Associations that passed through 13 streets in Manhattan. The Parade featured various performances artwork, marching bands, police contingents and cultural performances by young Indian-Americans. The iconic Empire State Building lit up in tricolours for the big day. This is the 36th India Day Parade which saw Baba Ramdev as the Chief Guest and Abhishek Bachchan as the Grand Marshall.
A music concert at The United Nations by A.R. Rahman
The significance of Indian art and culture was affirmed when musical maestro A.R. Rahman performed for a houseful of spellbound audience at the United Nations General Assembly Hall. Rahman, being only the second Indian artist to perform at The UN, paid homage to Indian Carnatic legend M. S. Subbulakshmi. The concert was not just a celebration of Independence Day and the partnership with the UN, but also a tribute to the legendary artist.
The distance makes the heart grow fonder. The Independence Day brings a feeling of togetherness for the Indians abroad. Those who are far away from the nation understand the importance of such celebrations. Here’s how some desis from different countries got a chance to celebrate the 70th Independence Day:
Indians were united by the #ProudDesi Movement initiated by dotdesi, to come together and sing the National Anthem. The lucky ones got a chance to express their feeling for the nation, and join the biggest celebration of the day.
“Tryst with Destiny” 1947 by Google:
Just like his trademark doodle celebrations, Google had something special in store for the day. On the D-Day, Google recreated the historic “Tryst with Destiny” in Parliament House. A doodle was dedicated to the Independence Day speech by the nation’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
A Mela in LA:
To celebrate the Independence Day in a desi way, the Indian American population in Los Angeles organised a large mela (a fair) hosted by the India Association of Los Angeles. The funfair, in its 17th leg, featured vendor booths, cultural performances, speeches, odes to Bollywood and the singing of patriotic songs.
The Independence Day is the biggest milestone for India and it’s celebrated with great joy amongst the Indians abroad. It’s the day that brings a feeling of nostalgia and dedication towards the motherland.