On June 26, 1960, the Big Island regained its sovereignty after greater than half a century of French colonization. While the coronavirus pandemic for the previous two years has prevented the typical festivities and standard jubilation, this yr rallies, live shows, festivals are on this system. A celebration of the return to independence that begins the night time earlier than with the custom of the harendrina the place adults and youngsters exit on the streets sporting paper lanterns.
From our correspondent in Madagascar,
With multicolored flowers or bows however above all white, purple and inexperienced, in the colours of the flag of Madagascar, the harendrina illuminated, with fireworks, the districts in the middle of the capital. A ritual that Santatra and Faraniaina by no means miss
“Me and my little family, we are here with Malagasy lanterns or ‘harendrina’. It is precisely to honor the ancestors who fought for independence. It is for the souls of the people we have lost,” Santatra explains.
The streets in the guts of Antananarivo have been invaded by the inhabitants. A gripping second of switch and union as everyday life has been marked in current weeks by the rise in the worth of primary requirements, Borel believes.
“It’s the pride of all Madagascar people. It’s a party. All the streets are narrow. Everyone goes out with their family and the lanterns and we are there to show our cohesion. It’s time to raise our torch, the national pennant because Madagascar is a “Independent nation traditionally, however independence additionally comes from every of us, to point out that we’re unbiased mentally, bodily. It is time to point out who we’re traditionally and to rejoice the nation with love.”
The celebration continues with the speech of the Malagasy head of state and the navy parade particularly. The independence acquired on June 26, 1960 additionally marks the structure of the Malagasy military.