Independence Day – general knowledge

15th August 1947, the Independence Day of India is a very important and memorable day in Indian History. This was the day when India became free from the colonial rule of the British. It was at the stroke at midnight when the first Prime Minister of the nation, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru announced that the independence of the country and unfurled our tricolor flag. It was the end of the British rule which existed in India for almost 3 centuries.

15th August from then is celebrated as Independence Day every year which reminds of the formation of a sovereign country India which is amongst the biggest democracies in the world. It is a national holiday. The day is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and joy all across the country. The ceremony starts with the flag hoisting at the Red Fort in Delhi. The occasion is grand with thousands of spectators present at the moment. The Prime Minister then addresses the nation. He speaks about the past, present and future of the nation, the advancement of the country in every sphere. The government institutions are lighted up and decorated. The day is celebrated with flag hoisting and cultural programmes all across the state capitals.

In schools, the day is celebrated with the flag hoisting ceremony, speeches, distribution of sweets and parades. Moreover, it is celebrated by both private and public institutions all across the nation. At the private institutions the honor is of hoisting is done by the senior most person and in the public institutions it is done by the politicians of the respective constituencies.

Channels across the country including media, telecast programmes and movies depicting the freedom struggle or documentaries portraying the life of the freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi, Subhash Chandra Bose and many more.

However, the freedom of the nation came along with the partition of a Hindu India and Islamic Pakistan. The partition was announced by Lord Louis Mountbatten on June 3rd 1947 which was termed as the Mountbatten Plan. 14.5 million people migrated from both the countries during this period.

The extravagant celebrations across the country brings about a patriotic and feeling of Indian-ness amongst the citizens.

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