India Independence Day

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2021 DateAugust 15, 2021
2022 DateAugust 15, 2022
India Independence Day

India Independence Day History

India Independence Day celebrates the end of British rule in India. Through the Indian Independence Act of 1947, British India was split into two, India and Pakistan. This separation was due to pressure from Indian Muslims who wanted their own land (Pakistan). India's independence ceremony took place on this day, one day after Pakistan's.

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India Independence Day Facts & Quotes

  • With India’s independence in 1947 came a divide among the country. The Indian Independence Act divided India into two states, India and Pakistan. The division was based on district-wide Muslim populations. It was accompanied by violent riots and mass casualties. Nearly 15 million people were displaced.
  • The first Prime Minister of India was Jawaharlal Nehru. On August 15th, 1947, he raised the Indian national flag above the Lahori Gate of the Red Fort in Delhi.
  • India is one of the world’s oldest, largest, and continuous civilizations having been formed around 3300 B.C (the Indus Valley Civilization).
  • We have gathered here on a historic occasion at this ancient fort to win back what was ours. This flag does not symbolize the triumph of individuals or the Congress but the triumph of the whole country. The free flag of India is the symbol of freedom and democracy not only for India but for the whole world. India, Asia and the world must rejoice on this great day - Jawaharlal Nehru, August 16, 1947

India Independence Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Watch the annual broadcast celebrating Independence Day. The Prime Minister raises the Indian flag and gives an address to the nation. There are also parades and cultural events that are open to the public.
  • Enjoy traditional Indian cuisines. Some popular dishes include Murgh Makhani (buttered chicken), Rogan Josh (red lamb), and Chole (chickpea curry).
  • Watch a movie about the fight for Indian independence. Here are our suggestions:
    Rang De Basanti (2006)
    Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005)
    The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)

India Independence Day References and Related Sites

thefactfile.org: Facts about India

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