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Kiribati celebrates National Pavilion Day

07-13-2010 08:47 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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The Pacific Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo houses the stands and exhibitions of 15 Pacific Island nations and French Polynesia.

Today, let's take a closer look at one of the countries participating from this region, as KI-ri-bass celebrates its National Pavilion Day.

Without musical accompaniment, artists from Kiribati welcomes visitors with their traditional Pacific Island dance that stresses the outstretched arms and birdlike movements.

The Republic of Kiribati is an Island country located in the central tropical Pacific Ocean. It is composed of 32 atolls and one island, straddling the equator and bordering the International Date Line to the east.

The Republic of Kiribati is an Island country located in the central tropical Pacific Ocean.
The Republic of Kiribati is an Island country located in the central tropical
Pacific Ocean.

The name Kiribati is derived from the main island chain, the Gilbert Islands. The country of Kiribati became independent from the United Kingdom in 1979. Kiribati established diplomatic relationship with China in 1980.

Kiribati is one of the hottest tourist destinations around the world, luring visitors from the United States, Australia, New Zealand and the western Europe every year. Tourism provides more than one fifth of the country's GDP.

Fish is one of the staple productions and exports of Kiribati. The rich variety of fish entice anglers from around the globe to try their luck in this island country.

And seamen back home from sailing afar will be welcomed by local residents who perform the traditional dance of Kiribati to celebrate the bumper harvest of fishing.

The country of Kiribati boasts a rare species of bird called frigate-bird which is said to fly at an average speed of 400 kilometers per hour. The bird is featured at the National Flag of Kiribati to represent power, freedom and Kiribati cultural dance patterns.

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