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REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATION IN HONGKONG

January 26,2018  IST

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As usual 69th Republic Day of India was celebrated with great joy and happiness by Indian nationals and members of Indian community at the Consulate General of India in Hong Kong and Macau on 26 January 2018.  Event attracted more than 200 Hong Kong residents.  Consul General Puneet Agrawal unfurled the national flag and led all in singing the national anthem. He read the excerpts of President's message to the nation and addressed the gathering of Indian community. 


It was followed by a brief cultural programme by young, enthusiastic children of “The Little Indians”, Kannada Sangha Hong Kong, Malayalam Classes of Hong Kong, YIFC Academy for Education and Enrichment who presented patriotic songs in various Indian languages such as Hindi, Sanskrit, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam and Tamil. This was followed by dance performance by members of Hong Kong Telugu Samykhya and Punjabi Gidda dance. The event concluded with light refreshments. 


Specifically, YIFC Academy for Education and Enrichment Tamil classes impressed the audience by presenting Thirukkural to the audience.  YIFC Tamil Classes were introduced by one of the teacher Mrs. Katheeja Gaffar.  These classes were started in the year 2003 with 30 students and 10 volunteers by Young Indian Friends Club which is established since 2004.  

Now it is renamed to *YIFC Academy for Education and Enrichment* and have 115 students with 25 volunteers.


Classes are conducted at Wah Yan College, Yau Ma Tei, every Saturday afternoon from 3:00 to  5:00pm.

They are also been a pioneer in promoting unity in diversity by organizing sporting and edutainment programs amongst Indian community here in Hong Kong.


- Our Honorary Reporter Chitra Sivakumar

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