CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 16, 2013 – Thirteen Indian students at Southeast Missouri State University celebrated India’s Independence Day Aug. 15 with a special event featuring song and native cuisine.
“It’s a proud day for all of us – 67 years of independence,” said Chitralekha Chakraborty, who organized the event and acted as the master of ceremonies.
She spoke about the history of India’s independence. Those in attendance sang the Indian national anthem, “Jana Gana Mana,” and shared authentic food, prepared by Chakraborty. They served cholla puri, a snack food from northern India, and gulab jamun, a popular Indian dessert made of fried dough dipped in a sugary syrup usually served at special events.
They also wore traditional dress, with the women wearing the sari and churidaar, a traditional garment.
Lead by Mahatma Gandhi, the people of the Indian subcontinent earned their independence from England on Aug. 15, 1947, after more than 200 years under British rule, and have since celebrated the event as a national holiday.