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Independence Day Gambia
18-18 February
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On 18th February The Gambia will celebrate its 45th Independence Day. The Gambia gained independence from Britain in 1965 after 300 years of colonial rule.Independence Day is celebrated by the country of Gambia every February 18 to commemorate its sovereignty from the British colonial rule on 1965 from approximately 300 years.

It was also on this day on 1965 that the Gambians finally established their own flag and replaced the Union Jack. The day is a national holiday in The Gambia and across the world Gambians will be marking the occasion. As part of this year’s celebrations, the Porcupines basketball team of Bakau is to host a basketball tournament at the Independence Stadium in Bakau featuring the Senegalese All Stars. The tournament will be held between 5th and 15th February 2010 and will feature six teams: Serrekunda East, Wallindan, Sport House, YMCA, LK Boys and the hosts Porcupines. Players from the six teams will be selected for The Gambia All Star team which will play against the Senegalese All Star Team during the Independence Day celebrations. The Gambians never fail to look back to their history and recall their fulfilling past. So each year, the people of Gambia hold several activities and flag hoisting ceremonies to give honor to the day of their independence. They also hold a flag down celebration where the Union Jack is lowered in replacement of the Gambian National flag as a reenactment of the history and educate the young generation.

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