Every year on August 15, Independence Day is observed to celebrate freedom from British rule after years of slavery. The day marks the end of British rule and the beginning of free and independent India.
The day is a national holiday and also it marks the partition of India and Pakistan. On this day people pay homage to their leaders and those who fought for India’s freedom in the past.
The president delivers the “Address to the Nation” on the eve of Independence Day. Also, the prime minister of India hoists the flag and holds a speech at the Red Fort in Old Delhi.
History and celebrations of Independence Day
The struggle for Independence began in 1857 with Sepoy Mutiny in Meerut. Later in the 20th century, the Indian National Congress and other political organization under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi launched a countrywide independence movement. The colonial powers were transferred to India on August 14, 1947.
On August 14, 1947, the Constituent Assembly to whom power was transferred met to celebrate India’s independence at 11 pm. India gained liberty and became a free country at midnight between August 14 and August 15, 1947.
The day is celebrated with much enthusiasm actors the country and tributes are paid to the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives to gain the freedom of India.