Independence Day holds a special place in every Indian’s heart. It is one of the most significant days celebrated in India because it got much deserved independence from the British rule after brutal struggle and sacrifice. India is a democratic country where people of different religions live however any national occasion means for them as unity and they celebrate it together.
On this day, Indians pay homage to their fighters who fought for India’s freedom. One can see major government establishments illuminated with lights in the period leading up to the Independence Day. Many homes and buildings hoist tricolour flag on top. Broadcast, print and online media have special contests, programs and articles to promote the day. Movies about India’s freedom fighters are also shown on television.
Here are some special facts about the Indian Independence Day:
- First Independence Day of India was celebrated on the stroke of 15th August 1947 midnight by hoisting tri-coloured flag.
- 15th August 1947 was declared a national holiday later on. However, some schools and colleges do open for few hours to celebrate it with some academic and cultural works.
- National Anthem is sung after hoisting the tri-colour.
- There was no national anthem during India’s independence.
- India has never attacked any country till date.
- Dr. Annie Besant was a British and supported India’s freedom struggle. She also founded the Home Rule league in India.
- The revolt of 1857 was the most profound freedom movement against the British.
- On 15th August, Independence Day is also celebrated in countries like South Korea, Bahrain and Congo.
- Post independence, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru became India’s first Prime Minister and hoisted the National Flag on Red Fort, Delhi.
- A group of 13 Ministers (Cabinet Ministers) first took oath on 15th August 1947.
Kite flying is the symbol of India’s Independence Day. One can see numerous kites in the sky flown from rooftops and fields, representing India’s freedom of spirit. The Red Fort in Delhi is also a special Independence Day symbol because it is where Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru unveiled India’s flag on August 15, 1947.