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May 2011
Celebrating Eritrea's
20th Independence Day
 
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20th Independence Day
 

 

Asmara Eritrea May 24 2011

 

Today will be the official celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of Eritrea as an independent nation.

And like every year it is the birth day of Yosief, the son of Haile and Freweini, my family in law.

We drink coffee, tea, araki, and there is a birthday cake and hembesha and kitcha.

Haile found us two entry cards for the stadium. But we don't need four cards. Of course I am happy with the fact that he did his best to get us into the stadium.

At 4:00 PM we take a taxi to the stadium. At the gate flowers, flags, and booklets are handed out to the public.

The program in the stadium starts with a brief opening show that symbolizes the watch.

It is followed by the National Anthem, The NHCC speech and the president's speech.

A military parade with representatives of all armed forces and the Asmara police and a fly over of military planes and helicopters is followed by a performance of music and dance by the South African musical troupe UMOJA, depicting unity, togetherness, and harmony.

The celebrations are concluded with a 40 minutes long musical presented by over 4000 students. The musical uses the Eritrean historic town, Nacfa, as symbol of Eritrean reliance. The musical also highlights the major achievements Eritrea scored in the past 20 years of its independence.

 

Yosief slicing his birthday cake - Asmara Eritrea.

Yosief slicing his birthday cake - Asmara Eritrea.

View on the grand stand - Asmara Stadium Asmara Eritrea.

View on the grand stand - Asmara Stadium Asmara Eritrea.

Hundreds of students form a giant Eritrean flag - Asmara Stadium.

Hundreds of students form a giant Eritrean flag - Asmara Stadium.

Isaias Afwerki on the video screen - Asmara Stadium Asmara Eritrea.

Isaias Afwerki on the video screen - Asmara Stadium Asmara Eritrea.

Proud & happy Eritreans - Asmara Stadium Asmara Eritrea.

Proud & happy Eritreans - Asmara Stadium Asmara Eritrea.

Eritrean Navy parading - Asmara Stadium Asmara Eritrea.

Eritrean Navy parading - Asmara Stadium Asmara Eritrea.

Eritrean Defense Forces parading - Asmara Stadium Asmara Eritrea.

Eritrean Defense Forces parading - Asmara Stadium Asmara Eritrea.

Drama - Asmara Stadium Asmara Eritrea.

Drama - Asmara Stadium Asmara Eritrea.

4000 students performance - Asmara Stadium Asmara Eritrea.

4000 students performance - Asmara Stadium Asmara Eritrea.

4000 students performance - Asmara Stadium Asmara Eritrea.

4000 students performance - Asmara Stadium Asmara Eritrea.

4000 students performance - Asmara Stadium Asmara Eritrea.

4000 students performance - Asmara Stadium Asmara Eritrea.

4000 students performance - Asmara Stadium Asmara Eritrea.

4000 students performance - Asmara Stadium Asmara Eritrea.

4000 students performance - Asmara Stadium Asmara Eritrea.

4000 students performance - Asmara Stadium Asmara Eritrea.

4000 students performance - Asmara Stadium Asmara Eritrea.

4000 students performance - Asmara Stadium Asmara Eritrea.

 

 

 
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