Dubai, Aug 15: The Independence Day celebration at Dubai was different from previous years this time.
By tradition, the celebration was being conducted every year in the Indian Consulate premises, but foreseeing a large number of Indian patriotic attendance and resultant space congestion, this year's celebration was organized in Sheikh Rashid Auditorium, one of the largest auditoria in the UAE.
At 8.00 am sharp, in the presence of Yash Sinha, Consul general of India in UAE, with a large number children, youngsters, and adults, the Indian flag was hosted amidst the spirited chanting of Jana Gana Mana, the national anthem.
A good number of leaders of various Indian communities leaders, VIPs and ex-servicemen were present.
It was a colorful feast to the eyes to see people dressed in tricolors, very specially youngsters. It was heartening to see youngsters' patriotism and love towards India.
Yash Sinha read out a long but meaningful message from President of India Abdul Kalam.
In a colourful cultural programme, various Indian community organizations displayed patriotic songs and dances. In was a spectacular show when the crowd too joined in singing the songs. Tiny flags which had been distributed free were flying high in the hands of public.
As a pure Mangalorean tradition, Mangalore Konkans Dubai, which is affiliated to the Indian Association presented 'Vande Mataram' Konkani song with lyrics by Wilfy Rebimbus, which was exhibited as a glimpse of Mangalorean culture to the all Indian communities present there. The song and dance presentaion was well appreciated by the audience.
Over 1200 people participated in this year's grand Independence Day celebration, while many Indian restaurants offered free refreshments to all those present.