Glimpses of 56th Independence Anniversary Celebration

Every year The Gambia celebrates in grand style to commemorate its independence from colonial rule. It is a grand national event. The celebration includes the presence of the president and family, other government officials, private institutions, educational institutions, parastatals, cultural groups, traditional leaders, religious leaders, business owners, tourists, etc.

The independence is celebrated at the Independence Stadium in front of the president. Sometimes it becomes a regional celebration where every region celebrates independence in their area at a suitable location. Regional leaders from all six divisions of the nation are representing the president.

It starts with the chairperson’s opening speech, followed by a parade by Police, Military Army, Immigration, and then the president marches together with the police band. The national scout band leads the public through the march pass. 

The march includes all institutions officially attending the celebration, such as educational, vocational, and traditional. Cultural dance, masquerades, and traditional display are always a part of the ceremony. Sometimes you can witness skilled displays by other institutions such as karate and kung fu clubs.

After the parade, the crowd sings the national anthem, followed by the African United Song (AU Song) led by the bands. The celebration ends with the president’s speech and other itineraries.

You can go to musical concerts, fashion shows, movie nights, and other events to celebrate together in Senegambia in the evening.

The next day becomes a public holiday for the whole nation, where everyone stays home with their family.

This year’s celebration was closed for the public. There were no masquerades, displays of institutions and charity organizations. After the march, President Barrow’s speech and national anthem singing, the celebration ended.

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