Independence Day is an annual observance celebrated every year on the 15th of August. India’s Independence Day is a day of great significance for the people of India. On this day India got freedom from British rule after long years of slavery.
The 15th of August in 1947 is a National and Gazetted Holiday across India in honor of the country’s independence from the British Empire.
Independence Day – 15 August
It was not so easy for India to get freedom from the Britishers however; various great people and freedom fighters of India made it a truth. They had sacrificed their lives in attaining freedom for their future generations without worrying about their comfort, rest, and freedom.
They planned and acted upon various Independence Movements including violent and nonviolent resistance to get complete freedom. A violent riot followed the partition of Pakistan from India after independence.
On this day, all the national, states, and local government offices, banks, post offices, markets, stores, businesses, organizations, etc become closed. The public transportation system, however, remains unaffected.
Students and teachers as well as members of the public and society celebrate it in all schools, colleges, and other educational institutions in India’s capital with great enthusiasm.
Independence Day of India was celebrated by people all over India on the 15th of August 2023, on Tuesday. This year in 2023, India is celebrating its 76th Independence Day to pay tribute and remember all the freedom fighters who had contributed a lot and fought for the Independence of India.
On August 15, 1947, India celebrated its first Independence Day.
WHAT WAS SPECIAL ON 76th INDIA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY 2023
As per the media report,
Delhi police are working hard to ensure an incident-free Independence Day celebration at Red Fort. It is for the first time that 300 cameras (360 degrees view with night vision) are getting installed at the Red Fort for the close surveillance purpose of every nook and corner near the celebration point.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invoked the Quit India Movement again (after Mahatma Gandhi) in order to encourage countrymen to use the same spirit to expel problems like corruption, communalism, terrorism, casteism, poverty, as well as dirt forever from the country by 2022. He requested people to pledge to throw this evil from the root out of the country and create a “New India”.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the Nation on the occasion of the 75th Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort, in Delhi on August 15, 2021.
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, will be giving a speech on the 76th Independence Day of India at Red Fort, Delhi.
HISTORY OF INDEPENDENCE DAY OF INDIA
The Indian subcontinent was outpost by some European traders during the 17th century. It was again slaved by the British East India Company because of its big military strength.
They established their local kingdoms and influential forces all through India during the 18th century.
The Revolt of 1857 was an effective rebellion after which various civic society have emerged all across India. One of them was the Indian National Congress Party which was formed in the year 1885. Indian freedom fighters continued fighting and then Britain decided to free India from the rule however Hindu Muslim violence took place after the independence of India (on August 15, 1947) which separated India and Pakistan. Muhammad Ali Jinnah became the first Governor-General in Karachi Pakistan.
The Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru gave his speech on “Tryst with destiny” at midnight on 15 August 1947, declaring India an independent nation.
He said during his speech that “Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we will redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.
A moment comes, which comes, but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. We end today a period of ill fortune, and India discovers herself again.”
After that, all the Assembly members took the pledge of being loyal in offering their services to the country.
Mahatma Gandhi stayed in Calcutta and marked Independence Day with his 24 hours fast in order to encourage peace between Hindus and Muslims.
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Every year, every state and union territory of India celebrates Independence Day as a national holiday. The President of India gives a speech every year in order to “Address to the Nation” on the evening of the day before Independence Day.
School Students celebrating Independence day
School students celebrating Independence Day of India at Red Fort, Delhi. They have arranged themselves wearing a tricolor uniform in such an attractive manner showing Jai Bharat.
The prime minister of India highlights all the achievements of the past year, important social issues and solutions, further development in the country, educational matters, etc during his speech on Independence Day after paying tribute to the freedom fighter and leaders of the Indian independence movement who had sacrificed their lives.
A grand march past takes place by the Indian Armed Forces and paramilitary forces.
The school or college principal hoists the national flag, and the students perform parades and cultural events. A day when government offices, buildings, etc., are decorated with flowers and electric lights. People use various sizes of national flags to symbolize loyalty and commitment to their country.
There is a big risk of terrorist attacks while celebrating Independence Day, especially in major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Jammu and Kashmir. To prevent aerial attacks, a no-fly zone has been declared around the Red Fort.
Some people do flying or sing patriotic songs. On this day, kids of the home take a small flag in their hand and go outside by saying “Jai Hind”, “Jai Jawan, or Jai Kisan” and another popular saying.
SYMBOL AND SIGNIFICANCE OF INDEPENDENCE DAY IN INDIA
The kite flying sport in India symbolizes Independence Day. The sky all over India becomes full of countless kites (flown from rooftops) of various sizes, shapes, styles, and shades. Some of them become tricolors symbolizing India’s flag.
India celebrates Independence Day every year to commemorate its independence from British rule. The 15th of August is the day of the rebirth of India.
It is the day when the Britishers left India and handed over the country to its leaders. It is the most significant day in the history of India
|August Social Events||Date of Celebration|
|World Breastfeeding Week||1st August to 7th August|
|Organ Donation Day||13th August|
|Independence Day – 15 August||15th August|
|World Photography Day||19th August|
|Sadbhavana Diwas||20th August|
|World Senior Citizens Day||21st August|
|National Eye Donation Fortnight||25th August to 8th September|
|National Sports Day||29th August|