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***aCe*** 19-09-2005 05:00 PM

HAPPY 30th Anniversary PNG! – Thousands Celebrate on September 16, 2005
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September, 16, 2005, Papua New Guinea celebrated its 30th year of Independence with an abundance in cultural dances and singsing which included spectacular ceremonious activities put on by the Chinese Acrobats and gun parade from the PNG Defence Force and many more.

Many people turned up for the Independence Celebrations at the Stadium last Friday.

***aCe*** 19-09-2005 05:07 PM

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The Sir John Guise Stadium was filled to capacity last Friday, the Independence Day, as thousands flocked to watch the events and celebrate the country’s 30th anniversary.

The crowd turned up as early as 8:00 in the morning and by 10:00 am there was no literally no space left to stand and watch the events.

***aCe*** 19-09-2005 05:12 PM

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Those who turned up later ended up walking around the packed stadium trying to look for an ideal spot where they could stand or sit and watch all the activities happening in the main arena.

***aCe*** 19-09-2005 05:14 PM

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For those who could not help it, they climb up trees, fences and power poles to get a good look at the performers. Some sat or stood on top of big pick up trucks or at the back of small utes to catch a glimpse of what was happening in the main arena.

***aCe*** 19-09-2005 05:22 PM

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There were so many people that it could be that half of the city turned up for the Independence celebration.

This boy perfectly balanced himself upon a stump of a cut-out tree and watched the activities happening within the main arena.

***aCe*** 19-09-2005 05:28 PM

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So much was going on during the day. The activities include the common cultural dances and singsing – all from different parts of Papua New Guinea, drama or acts, flag-raising with gun parade and many more.

New Ireland guys getting ready to entertain the crowd during the Indpendent celebrations

***aCe*** 19-09-2005 05:47 PM

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Expatriates living in the country also participated in the Independence celebrations. The Chinese community stole the show and send the crowd into a wild frenzy when they put on a spectacular acrobatic performance in front of thousands.

Another group of performers get ready for their turn to perform at the stadium..

***aCe*** 19-09-2005 05:50 PM

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The march past with gun parade took place in the morning during the raising of the PNG Flag and was followed by staging of several activities and the cultural performances.

Children proudly showing off their flags.....

***aCe*** 19-09-2005 05:53 PM

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Everyone, including families made an effort to turn up in their red, gold and black attires. The stadium indeed looked colourful on Friday.

This family ...a mother and her children turned up in their red, gold and black on Indepedence Day

***aCe*** 19-09-2005 05:55 PM

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Performers in their colourful headdresses, grass-skirts and painted faces and the PNG Defence Force, the PNG Royal Constabulary, PNG Riot Squad and the Correctional Services Unit from Bomana, with scout girls and boys all in their full attires.

The Bougainvilleans also get ready to perform...

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