Patriotic fervour gripped Indians across the world on Sunday as they enthusiastically celebrated the country's 64th Independence Day by unfurling the tricolour and organising a series of cultural events and festivities.
In Beijing, Indian Ambassador S Jaishankar hoisted the tricolour at the Indian embassy premises in the presence of a large number of community members, including businessmen and professionals. He also read out President Pratibha Patil's address to the nation.
A similar function was held at the Indian Consulate in Shanghai, where Consul General Riva Ganguly Das unfurled the national flag. About 400 members of Indian community attended the event, including Indian medical students from Suzhou, Nantong and Nanjing universities in Jiangsu province.
In Abu Dhabi, the function commenced with the hoisting of the flag by M K Lokesh, Indian Ambassador to the UAE, who also read out the President's message, while Consul General Sanjay Verma unfurled the tricolour in Dubai.
With the event falling during the holy month of Ramadan which calls for austerity and fasting during the day time, grand cultural programmes and sweet distribution were avoided as a mark of respect for the local culture.
In Kuwait City, Indian Ambassador Ajai Malhotra hoisted the tricolour at a ceremony held at the embassy and similar events were organised in the Saudi capital of Riyadh and India's consulate in the port city of Jeddah.
On the eve of the Independence Day, Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz had sent a congratulatory message to President Pratibha Patil and wished her permanent good health and happiness and India's people steady progress and prosperity.
King Abdullah, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, hailed the relations between the two friendly countries and expressed his keenness to enhance them in all fields.
In Singapore, more than 3,000 Indians took part in a function to mark the Independence Day, where High Commissioner T C A Raghavan hoisted the tricolour. Students from Indian schools sang the national anthem and patriotic numbers at the ceremony.
Raghavan also read out the 'address to the nation' by President Patil.