FIJI became one of the first countries in the world yesterday to celebrate India's 67th Independence Day.
And hundreds of people converged at India House in Tamavua, Suva, to mark the historic event.
Speaking after the hoisting of the Indian flag, high commissioner Vinod Kumar said India and Fiji had achieved a lot since the establishment of bilateral relations between the two countries.
Mr Kumar said India would continue to work with Fiji and its citizens to further enhance existing friendly relations.
"This is a very historic day for the people of India as we gained independence from colonial rule and free to chart our own course for the development of the nation," he said.
He said they were happy to be in Fiji and to work with the people and the government of the country.
"Since the establishment of the mission, one can talk of the many agreements that we have signed and also the many visits that we have taken.
"There has been an increased mutual awareness in the people of India and Fiji about each other and I would say the establishment of the High Commission of Fiji in India has also greatly contributed to this and given the opportunity for people of both countries to work together and strengthen the relationship."
He said the Indian Government looked forward to continued exchanges.
"I would say that people of India have always had good feelings for the people of Fiji, our relations are very old and both have been colonised."