Prime Minister Joins Indian Community of St. Maarten in Celebrating Indian Republic Day

Cap: The Prime Minister joining in singing the St. Maarten National Anthem at the celebration of Indian Republic Day on Saturday

The Prime Minister of St. Maarten the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams joined with representatives and members of the Indian Community on St. Maarten to celebrate Indian Republic Day.



Cap: The Prime Minister lighting the candle to officially start the cultural program at Indian Republic Day on Saturday

In India, Republic Day honors the date on which the Constitution of India came into force–on 26 January 1950–replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India. It is one of three national holidays in India. The new constitution, as drafted and approved by the Constituent Assembly of India, was mandated to take effect on 26 January 1950–and India became a republic.

The Festivities, which were held at the Princess Port de Plaisance Pavilion, featured traditional East Indian dance performances and entertainment as well as cultural dances related to St. Maarten. The Prime Minister started the official program by lighting a commemorative candle at the event and congratulated the Indian Community on the observance of Republic Day.