Independence Day was celebrated annually on 15th August in India. The Independence Day in India honors the nation’s independence from the United Kingdom on 15 August 1947. Independence Day is a day when people in India pay tribute to great leaders and fighters who fought for India’s independence in the past. The national holiday is celebrated throughout India with flag-hoisting ceremonies, parades, and cultural events.
“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
History of Independence Day
The First Independence Day was celebrated on August 15, 1947. Independence Day marks the start of a new era of liberation from British colonialism that took place in India for more than 200 years. In 1857, the struggle for India’s Independence started with the Sepoy Mutiny in Meerut. In the Later half of the 20th century, the Indian National Congress and other political organizations launched the countrywide independence movement under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi. The Constituent Assembly, to who power was to be transferred, met to celebrate India’s independence at 11 pm on August 14, 1947. India earned its liberty and became a free country at midnight between August 14 and August 15, 1947. Then Jawaharlal Nehru, who had become the first Prime Minister of India that day, raised the Indian National flag at Red Fort in Delhi and gave his famous “Tryst with Destiny” speech. From there, the prime minister of India frequently raises the flag and provides an address to the nation on every Independence Day. India’s national flag is a horizontal tricolor flag with deep saffron at the top, white in the middle, and dark green at the bottom in equal proportion. The navy-blue wheel at the center of the flag represents the chakra. The chakra is the wheel that appears on the abacus of the Sarnath Lion Capital of Ashoka, and it has 24 spokes.
Quotes about Independence Day
Some of the famous quotes said by Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Swami Vivekananda, B. R. Ambedkar, Rajiv Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Rabindranath Tagore, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Bhagat Singh about Independence Day are listed below.
“Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge… At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.” – Jawaharlal Nehru
“Even if I died in the service of the nation, I would be proud of it. Every drop of my blood… will contribute to the growth of this nation and to make it strong and dynamic.” – Indira Gandhi
“At the dawn of history India started on her unending quest, and trackless centuries are filled with her striving and the grandeur of her success and her failures. Through good and ill fortune alike she has never lost sight of that quest or forgotten the ideals which gave her strength.” – Jawaharlal Nehru
“How can one be compelled to accept slavery? I simply refuse to do the master’s bidding. He may torture me, break my bones to atoms and even kill me. He will then have my dead body, not my obedience. Ultimately, therefore, it is I who am the victor and not he, for he has failed in getting me to do what he wanted done.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“For some days, people thought that India was shaking. But there are always tremors when a great tree falls.” – Rajiv Gandhi
“One individual may die for an idea; but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives. That is how the wheel of evolution moves on and the ideas and dreams of one nation are bequeathed to the next” – Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose
“We end today a period of ill fortune and India discovers herself again. The achievement we celebrate today is but a step, an opening of opportunity, to the greater triumphs and achievements that await us. Are we brave enough and wise enough to grasp this opportunity and accept the challenge of the future?” – Jawaharlal Nehru
“Mother, I bow to thee! Rich with thy hurrying streams, Bright with orchard gleams, Cool with thy winds of delight, Green fields waving, Mother of might, Mother free. Glory of moonlight dreams, Over thy branches and lordly streams, Clad in thy blossoming trees, Mother, giver of ease, Laughing low and sweet! Mother I kiss thy feet, Speaker sweet and low! Mother, to thee I bow.” Happy Independence Day
“I believe that the civilization India evolved is not to be beaten in the world. Nothing can equal the seeds sown by our ancestors, Rome went, Greece shared the same fate; the might of the Pharaohs was broken; Japan has become Westernized; of China nothing can be said; but India is still, somehow or other, sound at the foundation.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“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. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.” – Jawaharlal Nehru
“Swaraj is my birthright and I shall have it” – Bal Gangadhar Tilak
“Delhi Chalo” and “Tum Mujhe Khoon Do main Tumhe Ajadi Doonga”. – Subhas Chandra Bose
“Our nation is like a tree of which the original trunk is swarajya and the branches are swadeshi and boycott.” – Subhas Chandra Bose
“Whatever difficulties we may face, we must never give up the quest for truth, which alone is God himself.” – Bal Gangadhar Tilak
“Apparently, I’ve acted like a terrorist. But I’m not a terrorist.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“The essential thing in religion is making the heart pure. The kingdom of heaven is within us but only pure heart can see the ‘king’!” – Bhagat Singh
“We are Indians, firstly and lastly.” – B.R. Ambedkar
“Citizenship consists in the service of the country.” – Jawaharlal Nehru
“Let new India arise out of peasants’ cottage, grasping the plough, out of huts, cobbler and sweeper.” – Swami Vivekananda
“I feel that the constitution is workable, it is flexible and it is strong enough to hold the country together both in peacetime and in wartime. Indeed, if I may say so, if things go wrong under the new Constitution, the reason will not be that we had a bad Constitution. What we will have to say is that Man was vile.” – B.R. Ambedkar
“You must be the change you want to see in the World” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Constitution is not a mere lawyers document, it is a vehicle of Life, and its spirit is always the spirit of Age.” – B. R. Ambedkar
“Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Other Celebrations on August 15
August 15, is also celebrated as
How to Celebrate Independence Day
On Independence Day, Government Buildings will be illuminated by the street of lights and the tricolor flutters from the homes. Schools and colleges will conduct flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural events to honor Independence Day. Some of the social media and online media may host special programs and activities to promote Independence Day. Movies about the struggles faced by India’s freedom fighters will be shown on television. On the evening of Independence Day, the president of India will deliver the “Address to the Nation.” The Prime Minister of India will unfurl India’s National Flag and gives a speech at the Red Fort in Old Delhi. People will spend the day with family members or with friends, as it is a National Holiday in India. Independence Day is symbolized by the sport of Kite Flying. On that day, the sky will be dotted with numerous kites flown from rooftops to express the free spirit of India. You can use the hashtag #IndependenceDay to post on social media.
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