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Quick Facts : Independence Day (INDIA)


Date: Aug 15, 2013 Type: National Also Called: 15th August
Celebrations: Parades, Flag hosting, Cultural programs
 

Independence Day (INDIA)

Image Courtesy: CIA World Factbook
 
The Independence Day in India is celebrated every year on the 15th of August in honor of the birthday of the nation. On 15th August 1947, India achieved her independence from British rule and became a sovereign nation.

On the eve of 15th August 1947, India tricolor (saffron, green and white) flag was first hoisted by Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, at the Red Fort of Delhi.

"Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we will redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. 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, when an age ends and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.... We end today a period of ill fortune, and India discovers herself again." … Jawaharlal Nehru (Speech on Indian Independence Day, 15th August 1947)

The Independence Day is celebrated with great enthusiasm in all over the India. On this day tributes are paid to the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives to gain the freedom for India. The main event takes place in New Delhi, where the Prime Minister hoists the National Flag at the Red Fort accompanied with the gun shots, parade, amazing live performances and music. On this day many political leaders appear at the public events and talk about the nation's heritage, laws, history, people, about recent events and future projects.

The Independence Day is considered as a Public Day with outings, picnics and lots of outdoor events like parades, air shows, fireworks and musical concerts. Nowadays kite flying has become a tradition on this day and people fly numerous kites of all colors, sizes and shapes symbolizing the freedom. Indians proudly fly their tricolor Flag, sing patriotic songs like “Vande Mataram”, “Jan Gan Man” etc. and enjoy the day with their friends and families.

 

Independence Day (INDIA) Observances



Day Year Date Holiday Name
Fri2008Aug 15Independence Day
Sat2009Aug 15Independence Day
Sun2010Aug 15Independence Day
Mon2011Aug 15Independence Day
Wed2012Aug 15Independence Day
Thu2013Aug 15Independence Day
Fri2014Aug 15Independence Day

India holidays celebrated in year 2014



Day Year Date Holiday Name
Wed2014Jan 01New Year's Day
Mon2014Jan 13Prophet's Birthday
Tue2014Jan 14Makar Sankranti / Pongal
Sun2014Jan 26Republic Day
Thu2014Feb 27Maha Shivaratri
Mon2014Mar 17Holi
Fri2014Apr 18Good Friday
Thu2014May 01Labor Day
Sun2014Jun 29Rath Yatra
Tue2014Jul 29Eid-ul-fitar
Sun2014Aug 10Raksha Bandhan
Fri2014Aug 15Independence Day
Sun2014Aug 17Janmashtami
Fri2014Aug 29Vinayaka Chaturthi
Sun2014Sep 07Onam
Thu2014Oct 02Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti
Sat2014Oct 04Dussehra / Dasara
Sun2014Oct 05Bakri Id / Eid Ul-adha
Thu2014Oct 23Diwali / Deepavali
Mon2014Nov 03Muharram
Thu2014Dec 25Christmas
 
 
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