CIA celebrates Indian Republic Day & Australia Day with fervour

By Our Reporter
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In a jubilant showcase of cultural harmony, the Cairns Indian Association (CIA) orchestrated a vibrant celebration, bringing together the rich traditions of India and the cultural mosaic of Australia. Under the title, “CIA’s Vibrant Celebration: Uniting Cultures and Commemorating Indian Republic Day and Australia Day with Distinguished Guests,” the dual celebration unfolded with fervour, capturing the essence of unity and community spirit.

The festivities commenced with a profound statement from MP Michael Healy, who lauded India as the largest democracy globally, emphasising the positive facets of the nation. His words resonated with the crowd, setting the tone for an event that celebrated diversity and shared values.

In a poignant moment, Ms. Amy Eden, a distinguished councillor, and mayoral candidate this year, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Ms. Eden, embodying the spirit of unity, hoisted the Australian Flag. Her presence added an extra layer of significance to the celebration, symbolising the harmonious coexistence of cultures and communities.

Against the scenic backdrop of Cairns, Mr. Dev Rao, a longstanding CIA committee member deeply embedded in the community, hoisted the Indian Flag. His gesture symbolised the unity of the Indian diaspora in Cairns and their strong connection to their roots.

Distinguished guests graced the occasion, including Ms. Kesa Strieby, a candidate in the upcoming councillor election and the President of CARMA (Cairns and Regional Multicultural Association). Their presence underscored the importance of community leaders actively participating in events that promote unity and cultural understanding.

Adding a touch of official representation, Mr. Ravin Nair attended and delivered the Republic Day message from the Regional Director, North (QLD/NT), Department of Home Affairs. His presence strengthened the ties between the community and regional authorities, fostering a sense of recognition and collaboration.


The celebration unfolded with a kaleidoscope of cultural performances. Children showcased the exuberant Bhangra dance, filling the air with rhythmic beats and vibrant energy. A soul-stirring rendition of “Vande Mataram” resonated, paying homage to the motherland. Dr. Akshatha Mulmule mesmerised the audience with a captivating Kathak dance performance, weaving together a narrative of tradition and artistry.

The community spirit was further amplified with the participation of esteemed guests, including Cathy Zeiger, a respected councillor, and Ms. Yolonde Entsch, wife of Warren Entsch. Their attendance emphasised the shared values of unity and cultural diversity that define the Cairns community.

During the flag hoisting, a heartwarming moment unfolded as a few kids joined the person raising the flag, symbolising the inclusive and familial atmosphere of the event.

The celebration was not only culturally enriching but also infused with fun and games for both kids and grown-ups alike. Laughter echoed through the air as families engaged in light-hearted competitions, fostering a sense of camaraderie and joy.

Throughout the event, the air was filled with laughter, joy, and a palpable sense of camaraderie. Families, friends, and community members came together to celebrate their cultural heritage, forging connections and creating memories that would linger long after the festivities concluded.

CIA’s commitment to fostering cultural understanding and unity was evident in every aspect of the celebration. The event encapsulated the essence of community spirit, showcasing Cairns as a place where diversity is celebrated, and unity takes centre stage.

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