PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Friday evening, residents gathered at a flag raising ceremony held on the steps of City Hall to celebrate the independence of Ecuador. Organized by Plainfield Advisory Committee on Hispanic Affairs (PACHA), the festivities included music provided by local talent, health screenings, local food vendors and community organizations. PACHA advises the mayor and city council of the needs, concerns, accomplishments and contributions of the Hispanic community, and the impact of legislation on this demographic group. 

City Council members as well as Freeholder Rebecca Williams were on hand to assist with the flag raising.

TAPinto Plainfield was on hand to capture a few scenes from the event.

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Ecuador is a small country in South America. It is located on the western side of the continent and is bordered by Colombia and Peru. The Equator runs through the country and that is where Ecuador gets its name. The following are some fun facts about Ecuador.

Fact 1:  The official currency in Ecuador is the U.S dollar since 2001.

Fact 2: The currency that was used before adapting to the US Dollar was called Sucre.

Fact 3: The main industries in Ecuador are petroleum, food processing and textiles.

Fact 4: The colors of the flag is yellow for the diversity in the country, blue for the sky and the sea, and red for the blood of those who fought for independence.

Fact 5: Ecuador has a lot of active and inactive volcanoes.

Fact 6:  Ecuador was the first nation in 2008 to declare that nature has constitutional rights.

Fact 7: The official language in Ecuador is Spanish, in addition to some native languages spoken.

Fact 8: 95% of Ecuador's population is Roman Catholic and the other 5% is made up of members of various other religions.

Fact 9: Ecuador’s Independence Day is on August 10th.

Fact 10: The capital of Ecuador is Quito which has the second highest population in the country.

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