|Kiribati Day of Celebration - July 12, 2012|
This picture was taken on one of the days of the week long celebration that is held each year to honor the freedom of their country. Most of the events were held here at this stadium. This special area is set up for 'important' people of the island and visitors. You can see Dee up front to the far left of this picture. He is watching the soccer game very intently. It was a great game. The table behind the sitting area (at the front of this photo) is for the food that will be set up for lunch a little later. The wonderful women cook and prepare for days. This long expanse is heavily loaded with these foil cooking pans covered with tin foil. We walk along filling our plates from the large selection supplied for us. I tried to down load another picture of the other bystanders watching the game but it didn't come up. Toward the back of this photo you can get a glimpse of the place where the teams are grouped. It was a wonderful day. We had such a good time all week watching several sporting events, marches, parades, and dances. We went to watch the beauty contest but it didn't get started until after 10 pm and we had to be back home by 9 pm. Friends told us the next day that it didn't get over until after 1:00 am.