Lantern rally marks launch of Bastille Day celebrations

Volunteers bearing torch-lit lanterns marched to a band’s army tunes on the Promenade Seashore on Wednesday to launch Bastille Day celebrations, symbolising the French Revolution’s rallying cry for iberty, equality and fraternity.

The “Marche aux flambeaux” featured volunteers from varied Franco-Indian Associations, organisations of former French troopers, youth and ladies’s organisations, the Union des Français de l’Etranger, or UFE, representing abroad French residents and the Lycée Français Worldwide de Pondichery cricket membership.

This yr’s French Nationwide Day celebrations, led by the French Consulate in Puducherry and Chennai, comes after two years of restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, mentioned Lise Talbot Barré, French Consul Basic. Amongst those that participated within the occasion have been Siva Christine, UFE president for India, and Predibane Siva, member of the Meeting of the French Overseas in Paris.

Based on the Consulate, the torchlight march symbolises the friendship and solidarity between France and India, which coincidentally is celebrating its seventy fifth Independence anniversary. It additionally coincides with the sixtieth anniversary of the handover of esrtwhile Pondicherry to India by France, marking 60 years of bilateral friendship and cooperation.

The march that started in entrance of the statue of Victor Schœlcher, a outstanding nineteenth century French politician and author, additionally commemorated the storming of the Bastille, a Parisian jail. This symbolic occasion is a tribute to the day when the inhabitants of France joined collectively to kind a nation, overcoming the social boundaries of the time, to revolt towards the regime of absolute monarchy in place. The autumn of the Bastille and its destruction marked the creation of the nation and the trendy French rule of regulation, the Consulate mentioned.

The celebrations will proceed on Thursday with wreath-laying in entrance of the French struggle memorial, within the presence of representatives of the authorities from the Union Territory authorities, councillors of the French overseas, and the veterans associations.

In Karaikal, the Consul Basic pays a public and solemn tribute to combatants, who had given their lives for France by laying wreaths on the monument of the French soldier within the presence of representatives of native authorities. Within the night on the Gandhi Thidal right here, Means Limitless will carry out “Miracle on Wheels,” a free, public efficiency celebrating the values of range and inclusion that India and France share.

Based on the Consulate, the occasions can be a possibility to carry collectively the French neighborhood of an estimated 6,000 residents and the Indian neighborhood, across the ideas of freedom, equality and fraternity, that are pricey to each nations. The “14th of July fireworks” on the waterfront in entrance of the Consulate Basic workplace will present the finale to the celebrations.

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