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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Happy Independence Day!!

Happy Independence Day to India!!
15 August is the annual celebration commemorating India's independence from British rule and its birth as a sovereign nation in 1947. The day is celebrated with flag raising, singing of the national anthem, family gatherings, and kite flying. The flying of kites is meant to celebrate the spirit of freedom. Kite celebrations and competitions are held throughout India. 
 Our compound had its own flag raising ceremony with many of the children singing the national anthem.
The National flag of India
is a tri-colored flag of 
Saffron standing for courage, sacrifice, and patriotism
White for peace and honesty
Green for hope, joy, fertility, and prosperity.
The blue wheel in the center is a symbol of vigilance, truth, and justice. 
The wheel has 24 spokes and is known as the Ashoka Chakra or the Wheel of Law representing continuing progress of the nation and the importance of justice in life.
(The above information was borrowed from Intellitots)
The littlest one with what she now refers to as her flag.
The girls were thrilled to get involved in the spirit of independence day and fly some kites. Thankfully, a couple of the locals were able to assist with the correct tying of a kite. Maybe this is why we were never able to get one in the air on previous attempts.

 Almost up in the air
Now this is how it is done.....Happy Independence Day India!!

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