Thousands attend Independence Day ceremonies
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Thousands of people attended graceful ceremonies marking the 96th anniversary of Afghanistan’s independence in southern Kandahar province a day earlier, with most participants spending the night awoke.
While, thousands of youth marched through the streets of Kandahar City in vehicular convoys decorated with national flags. They played national anthem, danced at drum beats and performed the national dance “attan”.
A convoy of vehicles carrying hundreds of youth headed to the Spin Boldak border town and reached the “Zero Point” area of the Durand Line, where they waved national flags and praised the Afghan border security forces.
A special ceremony to celebrate the Independence Day took place at the Afghan National Army’s 205 Atal Military Corps headquarters, where provincial civil and military officials and influential figures were in attendance.
Later in the night, thousands of people attended a colourful event involving music, national dance and fireworks display. The show lasted until Thursday morning.
Writer and culturist Shoib Wihdat told Pajhwok Afghan News hundreds of youth had been working hard since last week to celebrate the Independence Day with zest and zeal.
He said a large convoy of vehicles carrying thousands of young people travelled through the city’s roads, playing national songs and performing the national dance. He said their aim was to convey the messages of peace, unity and reconstruction of the country.
Local singers sang national songs amid a colourful fireworks display that lit up the sky late Wednesday night. The programme stretched into the morning, with thousands of people spending the night awoke.
The governor’s spokesman, Samim Khpalwak, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Independence Day was celebrated at the 205 Atal Military Corps headquarters and at a hotel in Kandahar City where besides the governor, senior civil, military officials and tribal elders were present.
He said security forces held a parade and the youth sang national songs and performed tableaus.
Later, the governor along with security forces visited the Martyrs Square and placed floral wreath at the monument of martyrs of independence.
A resident of Kandahar City, Aziz Ahmad, remarked that it was for the first time in the past 14 years that the Independence Day was celebrated with such an enthusiasm and national zeal.
He said social media had played an important role in striking unity among the Afghans and boosting their morale.
He said such graceful functions marking the Independence Day promoted the spirit of patriotism and the preservation of the country’s sovereignty.
In the evening on Thursday, hundreds of youth plan to emerge on streets again in vehicular convoys to present gifts to security forces and the municipality’s sanitary workers.
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