By Navin Kumar, Festival Coordinator, FICQ
The Australia-India day celebration on 26 January is one of the key functions that the Federation of Indian Communities of Queensland Inc. (FICQ) organises to commemorate a unique double celebration.
The celebration dates back to 2011 where FICQ along with various other Indian and Indian origin community organisations gathered together to celebrate this special day.
Australia Day is a celebration towards being Australian, imbibing the Australian way of life and getting involved in many different ways to contribute to contemporary Australian culture and society.
On 26 January, India also celebrates becoming a republic with a formalised constitution that came into force on 26 Jan 1950. India celebrates its achievements on this day right from its independence struggle to being a superpower nation focussing in advancements all through. This day in India is celebrated as “Republic Day”.
Republic Day is the date on which the constitution of India was ratified. The constitution was adopted by the Indian Constituent Assembly on 26 November 1949, and came into effect on 26 January 1950 with a democratic government system, completing the country’s transition towards becoming an independent republic. 26 January was chosen as the Republic Day because it was on this day in 1930 when Declaration of Indian Independence (Purna Swaraj) was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress as opposed to the dominion status offered by the British regime. It is one of three national holidays in India, the other two being Independence Day and Gandhi Jayanti.
Australia-India Day celebration is proudly organised by FICQ this year as well and will be held on 26 Jan 2018 at Lighthouse Events Centre 65 Woogaroo St, Forest Lake, QLD 4078. Attendance is by invitation only. The event will be from 5pm to 9pm with invitations soon to follow.
For further information please contact Mr Palani Thevar, President, FICQ on 0421656000 or Mr Navin Kumar, Festival Coordinator, FICQ on 0413164401.
Below is a photo of the celebration of 2017.