Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Happy 33rd Birthday

PNG celebrated the 33rd anniversary of its independence from Australia today.

In 1964 a House of assembly with 64 members was formed. Internal self-government came into effect in 1973, followed by full independence on 16 September 1975.


Black, red and yellow are traditional colors which are found in Papua New Guinean art and clothing. The yellow bird, a stylized bird of paradise, is culturally significant to Papua New Guineans and in full flight it represents freedom and the country's birth as an independent nation. The five stars symbolize the constellation the Southern Cross, representing the country's geographical position in the world and its link to Australia, which also incorporates the Southern Cross on its flag.

PNG Flag info from here

12 comments:

Hilda said...

Happy Independence Day to PNG!

Bergson said...

Happy birthday for PNG
the Coat of arms is beautiful

photowannabe said...

Happy Independence Day to PNG. I love your human intrest photos and the flag is beautiful.

JM said...

Wow! The outfits are so amazing! I think I would be very happy there, knowing the people and all their traditions. PNG must be a fantastic country, it has been in mind for a long, long time...
Happy independence day!

dive said...

Yay! Happy Independence Day to all in PNG!

Ferreira-Pinto said...

Oh God, how come I arrived this late?
A belated happy birtday to PNG!

USelaine said...

The symbolism of the flag is fascinating. I didn't realize its independence was so recent. Seeing those colors on the celebrants now means something more. Thanks!

Ann said...

Happy anniversary for yesterday PNG. I really like their flag, its distinctive and full of meaning - wish we'd get a new one.

• Eliane • said...

Happy Independence Day!!

Jules said...

Hi Everyone - thanks for popping in!!

ann - yes I agree The Union Jack has got to go!!!

Joan Elizabeth said...

Hi Jules, I have just discovered your blog. I lived in Port Moresby back in the early 80s and my year there remains a very fond memory. I will enjoy following your daily photos.

Neva said...

Very nice flag...