PHOTO GALLERY: Happy 36th Independence Day, Vanuatu!

Vanuatu flag. Photo copyright © 2016 Vanuatu Daily Digest. All rights reserved

Yumi, yumi, yumi i glad blong talem se… People all over Vanuatu, around the Pacific and around the world are celebrating Vanuatu’s 36th anniversary of Independence today.

This gallery of photos shows how the people of Vanuatu have been proudly celebrating our nation’s independence:

As we celebrate this beautiful nation's independence remember the symbols that are sacred to this country.Fly your flags up high and 'show your respect and admiration for this great nation and the values we hold dear' – Lillyrose Welwel. Photo: Lillyrose Welwel/Facebook

As we celebrate this beautiful nation’s independence remember the symbols that are sacred to this country. Fly your flags up high and ‘show your respect and admiration for this great nation and the values we hold dear’ – Lillyrose Welwel. Photo: Lillyrose Welwel/Facebook

Flag raising ceremony today at Independence Park, Port Vila. Photo: Taura Sisi/Facebook

Flag raising ceremony today at Independence Park, Port Vila. Photo: Taura Sisi/Facebook

Dressed up for the occasion – Independence Park, Port Vila. Photo: Jean Louis/Facebook

Dressed up for the occasion – Independence Park, Port Vila. Photo: Jean Louis/Facebook

Have a sweet Independence Day! Photo: Tess Newton Cain/Facebook

Have a sweet Independence Day! Photo: Tess Newton Cain/Facebook

Independence Day selfie. Photo: Lala Viresa/Facebook

Independence Day selfie! Photo: Lala Viresa/Facebook

Healthy celebration kakae at APTC Vila. Photo: Lionita Seth

Healthy celebration kakae at APTC Vila. Photo: Lionita Seth/Facebook

Atchin island wins the Independence Day canoe race in Luganville. Photo: Ranz Kenneth/Facebook

Atchin island wins the Independence Day canoe race in Luganville: toktok no tumas, paddle plante! Photo: Ranz Kenneth/Facebook

Torres Islands dancers at the Independence Day celebrations at USP Laucala campus, Fiji. Photo: VSA Pres/Facebook

Torres Islands dancers at the Independence Day celebrations at USP Laucala campus, Fiji. Photo: VSA Pres/Facebook

Flying the flag proudly in Nouméa. Photo: Brownley Knoxx/Facebook

Flying the flag proudly in Nouméa. Photo: Brownley Knoxx/Facebook

Team Vanuatu at the Rio Olympics: rower Luigi Teilemb and Team vanuatu's Chef de mission Allan Kalfabun at the Vila dos Atletas (Athlete's village), Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Allan Kalfabun

Team Vanuatu at the Rio Olympics: rower Luigi Teilemb and Team Vanuatu’s Chef de mission Allan Kalfabun at the Vila dos Atletas (Athlete’s village), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: Allan Kalfabun/Facebook