India attained independence from the British rule on 15 August 1947. From that day onwards 15th august is celebrated as an Independence day in India. The celebrations start off with the Prime Minister hoisting the national flag at the historic Red Fort in New Delhi, India’s capital and the firing of 21 gunshots, in honor of the occasion.This is followed by his nationally broadcasted Independence speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort.I
Prior to this, on the eve of independence day, the President of India, delivers “The Address To The Nation” speech. This is telecast nationally and broadcast on the radio too.
During his speech the Prime Minister focusses on the achievement of the government during the past year, mentions the issues that still need to be addressed and calls upon for further developmental efforts. Tributes are paid to the leaders of the freedom struggle.
The Indian national anthem – Jana Gana Mana – is sung. March past follows the speech with the division of the Indian Army leading and followed by the para military forces. Paraders and pageants which relive the events of the freedom struggle as well as the cultural traditions follow.
All state capitals hold events on similar lines with the Chief Ministers of the respective states unfurling the national flag followed by the ritualistic parades and pageants.
Schools & colleges also hold these flag hoisting ceremonies followed by the singing of the national anthem, which is then followed by holding of cultural events.
Important government buildings are adorned with strings of lights and the Indian tricolor – the national flag can be seen fluttering proudly from many houses and buildings as well.
Another interesting feature of the celebrations is the kite flying events that are held all over the country. The sky, on this day, is dotted with kites of various colors, shapes and sizes with many tricolored kites are seen flying.
By Ashkk Gupta