“Freedom in the mind, Faith in the words,
Pride in our Hearts, Fly like a bird”
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY – 15 August
Celebrating 74 years of Independence!
India achieved freedom from the long era of the British rule on 15th August 1947. The day is celebrated annually across the Country as the Independence Day of India. Though the Independence Day of the country is a gazetted holiday and no official work is done on this day, but people gather to pay their gratitude to the leaders and martyrs who sacrificed their lives during the struggle to attain freedom.
ABOUT INDEPENDENCE DAY
Independence Day is considered one of the most significant days in the history of India as it reminds us of the bravery and sacrifices of our freedom fighters. Every year on Independence Day, India witnesses a huge celebration with tricolor flag hoisting, parades, and cultural functions across the country.
With buildings illuminated by the tricolor, people pay homage to our leaders and great fighters who fought and gave up their lives for India’s freedom, “Our Freedom”. Cultural events, flag-hosting ceremonies, and parades are hosted in almost all schools, colleges, offices, societies, co-operatives, government institutions, etc. throughout the country.
The Prime Minister of India hoists the Indian flag at the Red Fort, followed by an address to the nation and the entire country rejoices while they chant ‘Jai Hind’ and ‘Vande Matram.’
IMPORTANCE OF INDEPENDENCE DAY
Independence Day holds plenty of importance within the lives of individuals of India because it was the day when the country earned its freedom from the British who ruled the country for over two hundred years.
It’s the day of pride, glory, and joy for the countrymen who pay their respect and tribute to all the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country. It was on this day that the legislative sovereignty to the ‘Indian Constituent Assembly’ was transferred by the Parliament of the United Kingdom through the ‘Indian Independence At 1947’. Besides ceremonial Celebration of the independence of India, this day additionally reminds the citizens of the struggles, sacrifices, and resilience of the Freedom fighters who retorted to varied means that as well as direct action and non-violence so as to throw the foreign rule out of India.
Indian Independence day reminds the folks of the country concerning the dawn of a brand new era, a brand new starting, and therefore the formation of an independent nation after a protracted and ho-hum battle.
As said by our national leader, the Prime Minister of free India, “At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom” India also celebrates the freedom of thought, speech, action, movement, and mandate on this day.
ABOUT INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS
The Independence Day celebrations in India are quite huge with arrangements starting from a minimum of one month prior to the D-Day. All major and important government buildings are illuminated with beautiful strings of lights, primarily tri-colored. Indian flag could be seen drifting from almost every educational institution, government institutions, office buildings, and some houses.
Independence Day Celebrations in Schools
Every school celebrates Independence Day with lots of happiness. Children dolled up in tri-colored drapes or as the freedom fighters, who laid their lives during the struggle for freedom. Inter-house or inter-school parade competitions are held in schools. Flag hoisting ceremony is held followed by dancing, singing, essay writing, debate and drawing competitions. A number of other cultural programs also take place. Sweets, ice-creams, and candies are distributed to the students.
Independence Day Celebrations at The Red Fort
Twenty-one gunshots are fired in order to honor the ceremony. The Prime Minister of India hoists the national flag and addresses the country where annual achievements of the country are highlighted, promises for further development are made, and other significant issues are raised. The country stands to the national anthem, ‘Jana Gana Mana.’ which is followed by a march past by divisions of the Indian Armed Forces and paramilitary forces. Parades and Tableau showcasing the country’s vast cultural traditions are also performed.
Independence Day Celebrations By Countrymen
People of the country celebrate this day by watching patriotic movies, going on picnics or going out with family and close friends. Kite flying competitions are also held by various institutions, organizations, colonies, societies, and clubs. The sky is filled with tri-colored and colorful kites with people shouting ‘Kai Po Che,’ meaning ‘I have cut, or, a victory shot,’ that can be heard from almost every corner of the streets.
Independence Day Celebrations by Indian Diaspora
The countries and geographies with a higher number of Indian immigrants, celebrate this day with pageants, tableau, and parades. In New York and other U.S cities, 15th August has become ‘India Day’ among the local people and Indian Diaspora. A number of fun-filled activities are organized by malls and big shopping complexes where exciting prizes are distributed to the winners. Catchy offers and discounts are also offered by retail chains.
Commemorative stamps depicting nationalistic themes, independence movement leaders, and defense-related themes are published by ‘Indian Postal Service,’ on 15th August.
Online and print media hold special contests and programs to promote the day. Patriotic movies highlighting the significance of independence and the struggle of the freedom fighters are broadcast on television. All radio channels play patriotic songs and hymns to mark the day.
Since 2003, Google also commemorates this day with a special doodle to mark the Indian Independence Day.
INDIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY FACTS
- British rule began in India in 1757 with their victory at the Battle of Plassey. After that East India Company began exercising its control over India and ruled over 100 years until it was replaced by direct British rule in 1857 in the wake of Indian Mutiny.
- India actually became independent on July 18, 1947. But the British declared 15th August as the date, because this date marked the 2nd anniversary of surrendering of Japanese at World War 2.
- The Independence Movement for India was begun by Gandhiji during World War I.
- The then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru hoisted the National Flag at Red Fort for the first time, which has since become a tradition on Independence Day.
- India did not have National Anthem when it emerged as an independent country; Jana Gana Mana was adopted as the National Anthem of India on 24 January 1950.
- India had 562 princely states at the time of Independence. Sardar Vallabhai Patel and his team tried to bring all these states under one Indian map. Except for Jammu & Kashmir, Hyderabad, and Junagarh, all others accepted to join in India.
India has shown outstanding growth since its independence. Between all the political scenarios there have been many path-breaking achievements and developments in every phase of the country. India has witnessed growth in various fields including science and technology, but there is still a lot to be achieved & get done even though the country has been able to make a significant mark in several fields at global levels.
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
Quit India Movement Day – Cabinet Mission Plan 1946
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