Papua New Guineans celebrate 43rd Independence

By Alexander Rheeney ,

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About 50 men, women and children converged on Every Home for Christ premises at Vaigaga on Sunday and were treated to a night of worship and singing in commemoration of the day.

About 50 men, women and children converged on Every Home for Christ premises at Vaigaga on Sunday and were treated to a night of worship and singing in commemoration of the day. (Photo: Sammy Griffin)

The Papua New Guinea community in Samoa celebrated the country’s 43rd independence anniversary in Apia last Sunday.

About 50 men, women and children converged on Every Home for Christ premises at Vaigaga on Sunday and were treated to a night of worship and singing in commemoration of the day.

The P.N.G. flag was raised when the national anthem was sung, led by a chorus of young singers from the Rhema Bible College, who strummed their guitars and beat their kundu drums.

The singing was followed by the recital of the national pledge, committing themselves to remain united despite the cultural diversity from the highlands to the coast and the islands.

St. Peter Chanel College Principal Father Brian Sigere, in a short speech to mark the occasion, welcomed the Samoa-based Papua New Guineans and their families to the event and reminded them of the significance of the country’s 43rd independence celebrations.

The speeches were followed by presentations on the different regions of P.N.G., which specifically targeted families with children who lived abroad most of their lives and did not know much about the country’s Southern, Momase, Highlands and New Guinea Islands regions.

The formalities concluded with a dinner featuring a number of P.N.G. dishes from different parts of the country. 

Some Papua New Guineans who are married to Samoans came with their families while others, who were previously P.N.G. residents also attended.

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