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Eritrean Independence: Core of Dignity

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Published on May 25, 2012

Independence Day: Greatest Moment For Greatest Gratitude

No words could ever describe what conquering independence means to Eritreans. After a severe hardship of colonization, Eritreans won their independence. The country paid the ultimate price; lost the most loved ones. Hence, today we are celebrating our Independence Day which is the most precious gift from our loved martyrs for Independence Day reminds us of so much memory and certain mixed feelings of the past colonial times. For that reason, today everybody is out on the streets of Liberation Avenue to pay honor for our special day. People from different backgrounds and different occupations have got together to celebrate this special day because of the past shared history. Today is, therefore, the day when we should have a good time together; chanting the same music, rehearsing the same poem, under the same heartbeat. The story has been detailed in the carnivals that are roving down town Asmara, and the tone is clearly heard from the words of the partakers. Of course, I have little to say about the celebration, but the participants have spoken out their impressions in amazingly sweet words. For Mr. Yasin Muhammad Berhan, it is the day of greatest thanks for Eritrean martyrs. "We are so great full to our martyrs for letting us witness this great life. Today we are not celebrating the occasion only but also offering our greatest thanks to our martyrs, Mr. Yasin said. "Thus, we Eritreans have the promise to protect this country because what they have received from their martyrs is not an ordinary gift." A young student from Felege Hiwet Junior School Filimon Estifanous said, "Independence means life to me because our fathers and mothers went through hot and cold, through hunger and danger to get this freedom. Moreover, thousands of great people putted their lives on the line for us to have what we have today. Therefore, in the future I wish to be responsible for my countries greatness." As part of the different programs of our 21st independence celebrations, different administrations of the central region and national companies presented a carnival. Ministers, regional administrators, and thousands of citizens attended the carnival.
One of the participants of the carnival Mrs. Abrehet Gebretnsae from the Administration of Akriya said that they practiced for quit long time to present these carnival regarding this special day. She added that she feels proud to be Eritrean because Eritrean people are like one big family. Mrs. Abrhet also indicated that we should work even harder as people to keep our country safe in order to fulfill our brothers and sisters wish. Mrs. Rigat Michael on her part, "We as Eritreans have been discriminated for so long. We were beaten and treated unfairly but we thank God and our government for giving us a second life. I honestly feel like I born again when I remember the times of colonization. I cannot really explain how I feel right now."Also taking part in the carnival procession were men and women, students, young children and employees of the different companies. Each administrative area had its own group of men and women who were dressed in traditional clothes and go along the trucks singing and dancing. Young children, dressed in different costumes, presented various types of aerobic and acrobatic exercise. The joyful mood, the twinkling bright lights in the street poles, the crowds applauding and cheering, all add up to a really wonderful festive moment that really impressed the foreigners who were busy taking photographs of each truck that went by.
In general the carnival parade was a de tour of the so far accomplished achievements in Eritrea despite all the odds set on the journey to development. Although the carnival was just a spoon full of achievements from the vast sea of development scored so far, by the end of the day everyone had gone home with an insight to the results of the 21 years of endeavors and hard work both the people and the government of Eritrea had embarked. It was obvious to anyone that a bright future awaits Eritrea.

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