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On January 1, 1962, Western Samoa achieved independence. To prevent the special celebration from coinciding with New Year’s Day, Independence Day is celebrated on June 1. This day holds immense national pride and is marked by official ceremonies, cultural showcases, and patriotic fervour. Festivities include government parades and flag-raising in Apia, alongside church services of thanksgiving. Villages come alive with traditional songs, dance performances, and sports tournaments. Families gather to feast on local delicacies like palusami and oka. As the day concludes, concerts by local artists fill the air with music, culminating in dazzling fireworks displays lighting up the night sky.