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Dubuquers celebrate India Independence Day

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

It's a festive occasion filled with Indian music, dance, and delicious food.

About 200 Dubuquers are celebrating India Independence Day at the Five Flags Center. "I don't know why you wouldn't come, it's just been an amazing experience to get to know our neighbors and have them share with us what their Indian heritage means," said Ann McDonough. 

India gained its independence from British rule 70 years ago it's celebrated on August 15th every year. This celebration is a way to remember that past, but it's also a way for some to embrace the colorful culture.

Ashish Jani moved here six years ago from India.

He says Dubuque is changing. "It was so different, we did not have so many Indians coming in, but now when you look at the diversity in Dubuque it's pretty awesome," Jani said.

Events like this help introduce native Dubuquers to those who are from other countries, who now call Dubuque home, too.

"It's a large portion of our community that's open-hearted and kind and generous, and welcomes that interaction with people that are different. I grew up in Dubuque and its very exciting to  have the experience and exposure to another language and another culture," McDonough added.

This marks the third year the India Independence Day celebration has taken place in Dubuque with help from the Multicultural Family Center. 

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