Independence Day is celebrated on the 15th of August every year, Independence Day marks is marked as the end of the 200-year-long British rule in India. In 1947 on August 15, Jawaharlal Nehru declared India a free country.
On the occasion of Independence Day, let’s know more about the history, significance, and how this day is celebrated in India and across the world.
Independence Day Information
- English: Independence Day
- Hindi: स्वतंत्रता दिवस
- Observed by: India
- Type: National
- Significance: Independence Day of India
- Celebrations: Flag hoisting, parade and kite flying
- Date: 15-Aug
- Frequency: Annual
- First Observed Year: 1947
- Type of holiday: Public holiday, National day
History of India’s Independence Day
India suffered oppression by British colonisers for 200 years as they took control over the country in 1757, following their victory at the Battle of Plassey. The British House of Commons introduced the Indian Independence Bill on July 4, 1947, and passed within a fortnight. It provided for the end of British rule in India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru declared India’s independence on August 15, 1947.
Some of the great freedom fighters and leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Chandra Shekhar Azad, and Bhagat Singh heralded the freedom struggle across the nation.
Significance of India’s Independence Day
Independence Day of India is significant as it stands as a reminder of the people who gave their lives, mind, body, and soul to free India from British rule. Independence Day is a national holiday and it is usually observed throughout the nation with the hoisting of the tricolour, parades and cultural events. On this day, India’s first prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru raised the Indian national flag above the Lahori Gate of Red Fort in Delhi on August 15, 1947. It is a tradition that has since been followed by the incumbent Prime Minister.
Independence Day Celebration
Every year the Army, Navy, and Air Force marched across the Red Fort and the school children in colourful dresses in front of the dignitaries and the audience give performances. While Independence Day is celebrated with cultural programmes, parades and flag hoisting ceremonies throughout the country. On Independence Day people fly kites which symbolise the free spirit of India.
Happy Independence Day!