Independence Day

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2024 Date15 August 2024
2025 Date15 August 2025

India Independence Day

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Independence Day History

India Independence Day is an annual observance that marks the historical occasion when India gained independence from the British rule. It serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by countless freedom fighters who came together to hold the ideals of freedom and democracy above everything else. This day is celebrated to honor these individuals and the determination they displayed in liberating their nation. The spirit of patriotism is at the heart of this commemoration, which acts as a unifying force for the diverse population of India.

The roots of the India Independence Day observance date back to 15th August 1947, when the British transferred power to the leaders of India after long-fought movements, both violent and non-violent, against colonial rule. In the decades leading up to India's Independence, innumerable freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, Rani Lakshmibai, and Subash Chandra Bose made significant contributions towards achieving this freedom. The day is closely associated with the emotions and sentiments of the people of India, who take pride in remembering and cherishing their long journey of resilience and struggle that led to this historic achievement.

To celebrate India Independence Day, a wide range of events and activities take place across the country. Flag hoisting ceremonies, mass sand patriotic songs, cultural programs, and parades are some of the highlights of this day. Additionally, schools, colleges, and other organizations hold functions that promote the spirit of unity, patriotism, and love for one's country. Every year on the 15th of August, India's Prime Minister hoists the national flag at the Red Fort in Delhi, and delivers a speech that addresses the nation and reflects upon the progress, achievements, and challenges faced by the country. India Independence Day serves not only as a reminder of the nation's historical journey but also as an opportunity to come together and pledge allegiance to the values that define this great nation.

Independence Day facts

  • The partition of India led to a massive scale of orgies of communal violence, leaving more than a million dead and causing the migration of approximately 20 million people.
  • Portugal was the last country to recognize India's Independence, in 1975, because it held onto a few Indian territories post-1947, like Goa, which it considered as Portuguese state.
  • The Indian national flag is hoisted at the Red Fort in Delhi every year on this day by the Prime Minister of India, followed by a nationally broadcast speech from its ramparts.
  • The Red Fort in Delhi is the centerpiece of Independence Day celebrations in India. Every year, the Prime Minister of India hoists the national flag and addresses the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort.
  • Even after gaining independence, India continues to be a diverse country with numerous languages, cultures, and religions coexisting. The country is home to more than 1,600 languages, and the Constitution of India recognizes 22 languages in the Eighth Schedule.

Top things to do in India for Independence Day

  • 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).
  • The Prime Minister of India hoists the national flag at the Red Fort in Delhi, followed by a speech addressing the nation. This is the main event of India Independence Day.
  • Kite flying is a popular tradition on Independence Day, especially in northern India. People fly tricolor or themed kites in the sky as a symbol of freedom and unity.

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