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The capital city, Jakarta, decorates its main streets with red and white lights. ” For days before the holiday, newspaper and television commentators share their insights into the country’s progress since independence. Schools hold contests to see which class can create the most patriotic decorations. Classes also compete in games and races. Citizens work together to clean up their communities, pulling weeds, repainting public areas, and cleaning drains. Some neighborhood associations require members to fly the Indonesian flag, with its two equal wide horizontal stripes, red above white, in front of their houses; in the past, people even repainted their homes so they would look nice for the holiday.

Led by Gambian artist Jah Alex, they hired Senegalese music star Assan Njie to perform a concert in London to commemorate Gambia’s Independence Day. Organizer Yaram Art CEO, Njok Malick Jeng, said before the night of frolicking in honor of the overthrow of colonialism, “We are organizing the event as part of our modest efforts in bringing Gambians in the UK together. ” Previously, Yaram Art had organized a clothing drive and worked on other humanitarian campaigns for African Gambians. People throughout the country perform local dances wearing traditional costumes, such as long wrapped skirts or bushy robes made of reeds, sometimes carrying spears.

Families were sometimes split apart by the division. A wall divided Germany’s capital into West and East Berlin, and traveling between the two sides was not permitted. In 1989, with the Soviet Union collapsing, East Germany began permitting its citizens to travel to the West. Berliners began climbing over the wall and tearing it down piece by piece. Eventually the government dismantled the entire wall and made reunification official on October 3, 1990. Participants in a parade wave German flags as Germany celebrates the reunification of East and West Germany on October 3 in Berlin.

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