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Your How to Guide to Celebrating PNG’s Independence Day

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Every year, come September 16, Papua New Guineans all across the country and all over the globe celebrate the country’s Independence.

It’s a national holiday commemorating the country’s emancipation from colonial administration, and as such people from all over the country take time out to acknowledge the significance of this day.

With all the festivities that occur during this time, what is one to do? Here are a few ideas.

Where’s your flag?

Nothing else screams PNG like the national flag, whether it’s hanging from a pole, in your car, or on your wall, fly it high and proud.

Dress the part

There are tons of t-shirts, shorts, dresses, you name it, all PNG inspired and fitting for the day.

Whether you wish to go traditionally attired or somewhat eclectic embrace your inner patriot and let it show through whatever it is you choose to wear.

Face painting

In the spirit of the day and sticking to true flag fashion white, black, red and gold, can go straight on your face, instead of hanging a flag out go with painted flag on the face, hand, legs, whatever you fancy.

Join in on the Festivities

Whether you’re in the PNG or abroad, you’re sure to find a group of people doing something to celebrate PNGs Independence Day.

Join in on the festivities and have the best time; with all the patriotism in the air you’re sure to have nothing short of a great time.


Amidst all the hype, one must not lose sight of the true meaning of Independence.

It is through looking back that one can truly appreciate how significant this day.

So whether its face painting, or flag bearing there are no strict set of rules that govern Independence celebrations.

It’s a day set aside in remembrance of September 16, 1975, when on that day, the people of this country were given the right to govern their national affairs in their own terms.

“This country and its people now enter independence and sovereignty and as from now we will be counted among the family of nations.” – Grand Chief Sir Micheal Thomas Somare, Papua New Guinea’s first Prime Minister.

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