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Friday marks the National Pavilion Day of the Republic of Vanuatu at the Shanghai World Expo. The country is an archipelago nation located in the South Pacific. Although Vanuatu is regarded the least developed country in the world, the nation tops the Happy Planet Index as the happiest country on earth.
Indigenous artists from the Republic of Vanuatu celebrate their National Pavilion Day with self-composed numbers backed by flowing rhythms.
The islands of Vanuatu cover a geographical area of just over 12-thousand square kilometers. The archipelago nation consists of more than eighty islands and islets, among which 68 are inhabited. Total population is about 220-thousand who speak more than 110 different languages and dialects, including English, French, and Bislama--a local pidgin language.
The country of Vanuatu is well known for its white-sand beach, blue waters teeming with life, lush vegetation and scenic environment.
Each consisting island of Vanuatu boasts its unique characteristics. For example the island of Hideaway features an underwater post office which is the one and only in the world. Professionally trained staff members are on hand to serve customers delivering their post cards, a big gift for friends or relatives.
The Vanuatu people are born singers and dancers. Their traditional music is still thriving in parts of the country. Musical instruments consist mostly of drums, gongs and rattles.
One thing noteworthy is the sand drawing of Vanuatu, which is produced with sand, volcanic ash, or clay. It is an artistic and ritual tradition and practice of Vanuatu that is recognized by UNESCO as a masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.