Independence Day in India (not to be confused with the American Independence Day – or the film by the same title) is the day that Indians use to celebrate their independence from the British Commonwealth. The struggle for India’s independence was gained at a high cost and tribute is paid to all of those involved with the process. Independence Day is on the 15th of August and marks the day that India became a sovereign nation. India earned its place as a sovereign nation in 1947. It is one of three national holidays in India and all of these national holidays celebrate India’s independence in some form or another. For instance, Gandhi Jayanti celebrates Gandhi’s birthday – Gandhi was instrumental in bringing the Indian nation together with a goal to rid British colonisation. The other national holiday is Republic Day and this signifies the introduction of India’s constitution after becoming an independent nation.
Celebrations held in order to mark Indian Independence Day include things such as flag ceremonies and specific flag related ceremonies (with the Indian Prime Minister in attendance) at Red Fort, Delhi. Children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite characters who were instrumental in the process of winning back India’s independence and the day is generally considered a joyous occasion with festivities that signify the event in a fairly exuberant fashion. Television stations generally run programming that is specific to the Independence Day celebrations and have a tendency to show classic films that tell the story of how India won its independence. It is generally considered one of India’s most important holidays. Feasts that bring together family and friends are also a large part of the festivities. Community groups hold educational workshops and competitions that are directly related to Independence Day.
Celebrations that involve the showcasing of Indian military power, Indian culture and India’s achievements in the arts and sciences are also a big part of the day. The Prime Minister addresses the nation and discusses how the previous year has been a memorial occasion and outlines the plans that the Indian government has for the future of the nation. The day is considered a celebration of all things Indian in this regard – it has an emphasis on India as a cultural epicentre and democracy. It also celebrates the diversity found within the country as it relates to religion and its economic interests. It is a day where Indians celebrate their pride in their nation’s achievements.