Sixty-eight years ago on this day,two years before India got its Independence in the wee hours of August 15,Japan surrendered to the Allied Forces in World War II,consequently ending 38 years of colonial rule over Korea. Three years later,when the republic of South Korea was established in 1948, August 15 was chosen as the official day of independence.
I see I-Day being celebrated with much joy in India. But for Koreans,it is a day of sadness. It is a day which is dedicated to the memory of our martyrs,hence commemoration ceremonies are silent, says Yang Yong Sik,a third-year BBA student at Maharashtra Institute of Technology. Yang is the president of the South Korean student union in Pune.
Our celebrations are centered around the flag. Flags can be seen hanging from most buildings and are ceremonially unfurled in schools,colleges and offices. There are parades as well, says Mikyongue Ku,president of Korean Language School,Pune.
This year a South Korean Navy ship is harboured in the Mumbai dock. Many Koreans will leave for Mumbai at 2 pm in buses to celebrate on the ship. The event is open to all Koreans in India, says Sang Wuk,a resident of Baner.