TWENTY-FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS
QUEENSLAND (AUSTRALIA) TUVALU ASSOCIATION
A very successful Independence celebration was held at Browns Plains, a southern suburb of Brisbane, Australia, on Saturday, 2nd October 1999. The actual Tuvalu Independence Day was 1st October.
The location was an ideal setting for such an occasion. The Presbyterian Church of Browns Plains is a modern building located on a rolling acreage allowing plenty of room for children to run and play and for the adults to dance and sing their hearts out without disturbing the neighbours.
The day was very well organized with an abundance of delicious Tuvaluan cuisine followed by dancing (fatele), singing and entertainment. The occasion was well attended by local and interstate Tuvaluan people, families and friends with the ladies looking stunning in their traditional Tuvaluan costumes.
The occasion was a great success and was enjoyed by one and all.
I have extracted some images from the video tape of this event and I do hope that you derive enjoyment from viewing them and sharing with us this special occasion.
Images of Tuvalu Dancing (Fatele).
TUVALU, MY TUVALU
Tuvalu, my Tuvalu the land across the sea
Tuvalu, my Tuvalu I always think of you
Your sons and daughters travel away to
Tuvalu, my Tuvalu may Gods blessings
be on you