Indians will be enjoying a long weekend holiday on the 74th Independence Day of the country. It was on 15th August 1947 when India officially got its independence from the control of East India Company. Since that very day, India celebrates its Independence Day each year on the 15th of August.
The Significance of Independence Day in India
India has remained a captive for almost a century under the British East India Company. History reveals that India was first looted by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and then it was the British Government that noticed the rich heritage of the country.
Initially, the British Government started trading with India in terms of cotton, spices, and other ingredients. Soon, they set up factories in the countries under the name of East India Company. This trick was just to suppress the country and take control of it. Such motto of the company was not recognized by the people staying in India and this led the whole country to suffer captivity for the next century.
Meanwhile, a lot of freedom fighters such as Rani Lakshmi Bai, Mangal Pandey, Khudiram Bose, Chandrashekhar Azad, Ram Prasad Bismil, Bhagat Singh, and many others fought against the company to free the country and were martyred.
Though these freedom fighters could not see the sunrise of Independent India, they were successful enough in igniting the fire of independence in many more individuals. As a result, many more freedom fighters came up who carried on the struggle of freedom to see an Independent India.
It was finally on 15th August 1947 when the country gained its independence under the supervision of some of the greatest leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, Subhash Chandra Bose, and many others. Dr. Rajendra Prasad became the very first President and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru became the very first Prime Minister of democratic India.
How Independence Day is Observed Each Year?
Independence Day of 15th August is a holiday each year for both Government as well as Private sector offices. The Prime Minister of India hoists the national flag of India at the Red Fort each year and there are different events and parades that are organized by the military as well as other citizens of India. This is followed by the speech delivered by the Prime Minister. It is on this day only when many of the brave martyrs of the country who have lost their lives in recent times get recognized. Also, many other individuals who have shown their bravery in saving the lives of others are also honored on this particular day at the Red Fort.
Apart from the official celebration at the Red Fort, Independence Day is also celebrated by hoisting the national flag at different Government offices and other public places of the country. Apart from bestowing respect to the national flag of the country, people also remember the sacrifices made by the freedom fighters because of whom the country is free today.
There are different cultural events that also take place in schools and colleges to pay a tribute to the honored freedom fighters who have made the day possible today for all the Indians to breathe in a free country. Also, there are different contests and events that take place to celebrate and rejoice to be in a free country.
How Independence Day this year will be different than other years?
This year Independence Day is going to be different than any other years due to the pandemic COVID 19. Though the events at the Red Fort will be taking place, extra precautions will be taken in order to make sure that no spread of virus takes place.
It has been also notified by the Government authorities that the Independence Day celebration in other parts of the country should take place only in the areas that are not in containment zones. Also, it will be important to maintain all the measures such as wearing a face mask, maintaining social distancing, and others while celebrating the event even in areas that are out of containment zones.
Though this year the country will be celebrating Independence Day in a restricted way but the respect for the people who have gifted us the country’s Independence will be still remembered in the same way as it is done each year.
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