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Published on : Friday, November 1, 2013
November 1st is the independence day of Antigua and Barbuda and this year they celebrate 32 years of independence. Antigua gained total independence on November 1st 1981, when for the first time in 328 years the Union jack was lowered and replaced with the Antiguan Flag, and then the Antiguan National Anthem was sung.
The celebrations consists of a week of celebration, competitions, parades, expos and food fairs – for all Antiguans living both home and abroad and residents of Antigua, as well as visitors. It is a remarkable day in the country’s history. Whether international or domestic visitor, one is bound to find some fun or the other to enjoy the day.
About two weeks before Independence Day local businesses, schools and government buildings will be decorated in the traditional and distinctive yellow and red check of the National Dress used for clothing, and as decoration with a yearly Heritage National Dress Day.
President Obama and the people of the United States congratulated the people of Antigua and Barbuda as they celebrate 32 years of independence on November 1.
“The United States and Antigua and Barbuda share a long history of cooperation and friendship. We work together to defend democracy and promote human rights. Our partnership through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative underscores our commitment to improve the safety of our citizens throughout the region.
The United States remains committed to working with you to create economic opportunities and expand trade, and we look forward to strengthening our partnership in the years to come.” (Quoted from the official press release of US Embassy)