The Indian community in the US celebrated the Republic Day with the Ambassador Nirupama Rao unfurling the national flag at a colourful function at the Indian embassy here on a rain swept chilly day.
After hoisting the flag in front of the embassy overlooking a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Rao read out President Pratibha Patil's message to the nation. A short cultural programme of patriotic songs in Marathi, Telugu, Assamese and Hindi followed.
About 200 members of the community joined the celebrations.
Similar flag hoisting ceremonies were also held at the Indian consulates in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Houston.