The air of freedom dawned on India on 15th of August, 1957. India was bestowed with a unique identity of its own since then. It became a sovereign nation after it delivered themselves from the clutches of the British Rule. On the barricades of the Red Fort in Delhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru unfolded the Indian flag way back on 15th August 1957. He also delivered the famous speech on "Tryst with Destiny". The speech ran as follows:
"At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new…India discovers herself again." Indian Independence day was since then celebrated with great zeal and fervor.
Celebration of Indian Independence Day:
- Along the length and breadth of the country, flag hoisting ceremonies are organized.
- Schools and colleges remain closed.
- Flags are hoisted on the rooftops, terraces of various institutional organizations, government offices etc.
- It is in Delhi however that the day is observed with great pomp and show.
- The Red Fort witnesses a grand celebration every year on 15th of August.
- The Prime Minister of India hoists the National Flag and delivers influential speech. He pays tribute to the great leaders and instills in the mind and heart of every Indian a hope for a better and bright future. He lays down the various objectives of the country.
- A giant parade is organized and various cultural programs are held all over the country. The cultural programs stand as a representation of our multifaceted country.
- The spectacular display in Red Fort draws a large number of audiences and the program is also telecasted live on television.
- Various TV channels screen movies on patriotic themes.
Significance of Indian Independence Day:
The day symbolizes the victory of Indian patriotism, which India attained after its oppressive struggle to deliver itself from the clutches of the British rule. Men and women from all works of life joined hands and fought for their nation. The dream of a free nation motivated them to struggle for their country’s independence. Today, people pay their respect to the thousands of martyrs who sacrificed their lives for their country’s Independence.