Many migrants of Indian origin and their Australian second- and third-generation children celebrated the 75th Indian Independence Day last week, enjoying a ‘tricoloured’ breakfast and children’s art competition. On August 15 the Midwest Indian Cultural Society held the event at the Scouts Hall with a traditional Indian breakfast and flag-hoisting ceremony. City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn and Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton attended the annual ceremony. Midwest Indian Cultural Society founder member Hari Kumar made a welcome speech and discussed the important milestone and its meaning for India. “India is the largest democratic country in the world and we hold such events so that our children who are born here in Australia understand the sacrifices made by millions in the past for freedom, as well as be aware of their ancestral culture and history,” Mr Kumar said. The breakfast was presented in the Indian flag’s tricolour while the Queens Park Theatre along with 40 other landmarks across Australia displayed the colours to honour India and the partnership that it shares with Australia. Children took part in an art and craft competition with Aarav Khanna winning the competition and Agastya Hari Kumar in second place.