"A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new…India discovers herself again." – Jawaharlal Nehru
On August 15, 1947, India won its independence from the British rule, and that independence is celebrated every year, although in a much more subdued form than on Republic Day. The Independence Day of India is much more than commemorating the anniversary of India’s free statehood. It is a moment of celebration, a day to pay tribute to the martyrs because of whose struggle and sacrifice we are breathing an air of freedom. "At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom," said Jawaharlal Nehru about this, one of the most important days in the history of the Indian nation.
Independence Day is acknowledged as a national holiday in India. This year, India will celebrate its 71st Independence Day.
Independence Day Celebrations
The preparations begin a month before Independence Day and the roads are given a larger-than-life appearance with ribbons and Indian flags. There are no parades or extravagant processions on Independence Day, but all over India, most institutions, both academic and governmental, hold a low-profile celebration in which the hoisting of the national flag is the key element.
However, the chief event is conducted in the capital city of India, New Delhi, at the Red Fort, where a large public gathering, mainly of dignitaries, is held. The Prime Minister hoists the tricolour at the cordons of the Red Fort, which receives a salutation of 21 guns. This is followed by the Prime Minister addressing the nation with his speech. The speech holds immense value as it marks a tribute to all those who sacrificed their lives during India’s freedom struggle. It also highlights the accomplishments of the nation during the past year beside discussing major issues and suggesting steps for further growth.
On the eve of Independence Day, Delhi skyline gets dotted with numerous multicoloured kites as people indulge in kite flying competitions cheering out loud, elevating the spirit of the day!