Independence Day 2017- History, Importance, Images, Celebrations

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    India is a country of several religions. Look around and you find a mix of people with different religious beliefs and practices. But there is one thing that unites us all. The one thing that makes us who we are and something that is unique in its own way, i.e. being Indian. And though we are patriotic to the highest possible extent, one day takes the patriotism to a level that can never be matched. And with the day approaching, we India’s sure cannot contain our excitement. Yes, it is none other than the Independence Day, the most important day for Indians. So, here’s wishing you a Happy Independence Day.

    The Independence Day in India is celebrated each year on the 15th of August to pay tribute to the ay the country got its freedom. On fifteenth August 1947, India accomplished her fight for freedom from the British rule and turned into a democratic country.Independence Day is commended by the people of India regardless of rank, belief, and religion.

    History

    On the 15th August every year, tributes and respects are paid to the several martyrs, who laid down their lives to free India from the grasp of the oppressors, the British that ruled the nation for hundreds of years.  With intent to conduct trade in the country, the British slowly expanded their territory in the name trade and took over the organization of the nation. It was after hundreds of years that India claimed its Independence from the British rule on August 15th, 1947. The country as a whole celebrated this very achievement and hence since the last 70 years has celebrated the day for its importance in our history books.

    The first ever initiation for Independence from the British rule started as early as in 1857, which was later followed with the Sepoy Mutiny in Meerut. It was later in the 1900’s that the Indian National Congress and several other political parties in the country under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi went straight cut against the British rule to free the country from its strong chains. With the way the World War II ended, the British had slowly realized that it would be hard for the British to keep control over the Indian soil. After several efforts made by the several freedom fighters and politicians in the country, the situation was found to be a massive fight in the country against the rule, that Lord Mountbatten found it hard to control it and all things considered, he propelled the date for the handing over of power, permitting under a half year for a commonly concurred arrangement for freedom. In this manner, India achieved its freedom from the British Rule on August 15, 1947. It was on the 25th August 1947 that India’s tricolor national flag was first hoisted by the then appointed Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru at the Red Fort, Delhi. It was then that the free India’s initially head administrator Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru gave his well-known “Tryst with Destiny” speech during the transfer of power.

    Celebrations

    Every year, the celebration commemorating the struggle and the lives sacrificed for the nation is conducted in New Delhi, where the Prime Minister hoists the Indian Nation Flag at Red Fort. The hoisting is followed by gun shots by the Army, a parade, live music and live exhibitions. It is also on this special day that the Prime Minister and other highly ranked politicians talk to the citizens about the country’s laws, legacy, and the future prospects that it has in store.

    Given the importance of the day in the minds of the Indian citizens, the Independence Day is considered a public holiday. Though there are several events that are conducted in schools, colleges and at times in offices, the rest of the day is usually spent with family members at parades, fireworks, air shows and musical concerts arranged across the country. A new addition to the tradition is Kite flying that has in the past few years gained a lot of attention is being followed year after year. During the week of Independence Day, roads and pillars and posts are usually decorated with the National Flags, and buildings that hold great importance are usually illuminated on this day.

    Indians hoist flags around their houses and sing national songs like Vande Matram and Jan Gann Man and pay respects to the men and women who gave the country its independence.

    Most of the channels on TV telecast classic films in connection with the Independence Day theme, patriotically themed programs and helps the people keep their prides up about the country that they so love.