The High Commission of India in New Zealand hoisted the Indian tricolour flag earlier this morning celebrating the 74th Indian Independence Day.

New Zealand being the first country to see the sunrise geographically is also the first country in the world to raise the Indian flag and celebrate Independence Day.

Present at Bharat Bhawan in Wellington, the High Commissioner of India Muktesh Pardeshi along with his team and joined by community members and leaders standing at two metres apart from each other maintaining social distancing unfurled the tricolour and sang the national anthem.

Most of the community members gathered at the flag hoisting ceremony in Wellington clad in tricolour dresses in their effort to enhance the limited yet joyous celebrations.

Post flag hoisting, High Commissioner Muktesh Pardeshi and his wife Rakhi Pardeshi honoured the bust of Mahatma Gandhi at the Bharat Bhawan lobby, followed by a brief program that included singing performances and speeches for the community members gathered at the occasion in the hall.

Earlier, several Indian Independence Day celebrations were planned throughout New Zealand, but most of them were withdrawn due to Covid-19 Alert Level 2 and 3 restrictions.

 High Commissioner of India, Muktesh Pardeshi conveyed his wishes on occasion to the Kiwi Indian community via video message through the Indian Weekender and thanked them for their contributions during the lockdowns earlier this year, and support for the Vande Bharat Mission.