Wagga's Indian families celebrate freedom and independence

Wagga’s Indian community will celebrate its day of independence a little early this year. 

More than seven decades after India split from the United Kingdom’s rule, residents still take a day to rejoice in their secured freedom of speech and their “freedom of everything”. 

Wagga resident Saba Nabi said the many Indian families living in Wagga felt that same freedom in Australia.

She said they considered the city to be their “home away from home”.

Syed Haris Omar said Independence Day was about celebrating your own roots and culture.

He said he loved living in Wagga because “it was an amalgamation of two beautiful cultures”.

Traditional dress, dancing and music will bring the Indian culture to life at the Lake Albert Hall from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, August 12.

Ms Nabi said a $5 entry fee was optional.