Independence Day of India is celebrated on Fifteenth of August (8/15/47) to commemorate its independence fromBritish rule and its birth as a sovereign nation in 1947. The day is a national holiday in India. All over the country, flag-hoisting ceremonies are conducted by the local administration in attendance. The main event takes place in New Delhi, the capital city of India, where the Prime Minister hoists the national flag at the Red Fort and delivers a nationally televised speech from its ramparts. In his speech, he highlights the achievements of his government during the past year, raises important issues and gives a call for further development. The Prime Minister also pays his tribute to leaders of the freedom struggle. The Prime Minister also declares holiday on 15 August.
When is India Independence Day 2011? 64th India Independence Day in 2011 will be celebrated on Monday, 15 August 2011.
Historical Background of India Independence Day
India was a very rich country in the 16th and 17th centuries as of its agricultural minerals and products. Western nations always needed to develop trade in this country and after lots of efforts French and Dutch and British were capable to launch the deal with India. Each of these countries established their trading business in India to conduct their own trades. The most powerful out of them is the East India Company which was established by British in Calcutta. With time pass, the British gain more power and influence and by the end of 19th century has India mostly under their colony.
In 1946, the Labour government in Britain, its exchequer exhausted by the recently concluded World War II, and conscious that it had neither the mandate at home, the international support, nor the reliability of native forces for continuing to control an increasingly restless India, decided to end British rule of India, and in early 1947 Britain announced its intention of transferring power no later than June 1948.
Finally, at the stroke of midnight, as India moved into August 15, 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru, read out the famous “Tryst With Destiny” speech proclaiming India’s independence. India, now a smaller Union of India, became an independent country with official ceremonies taking place in New Delhi, and with Jawaharlal Nehru assuming the office of the first prime minister, and the viceroy, Louis Mountbatten, staying on as its first Governor General.
India Independence Day 2011 Celebrations
Cultural shows and flag raising rituals are the main affair of the moment as brilliant kites occupy the night sky to signify freedom. People pamper themselves in reminiscing the heroes of democracy fight and pay respect to them.
In all the colleges and schools across this country, no school work is made on Independence Day however all the staff members and students would be in their schools to rejoice the day. A type of social meeting is prepared in the learning institutions in which cultural plans are plans are arranged. Flag raising ceremony takes place within their particular premises. Students sing their national anthem as the flag is raised by the head of the school and give respect to their flag and to support the power of the nation.
Others as home spend this day by watching special programs on TV or going for an outing. Greater part of the individual tune in the morning to Doordarshan to view the live broadcast of Prime Minister’s speech at Delhi at the Red Fort since it’s the highlight of the Independence Day celebration in India. Prime Minister’s speech and nationalistic song and documentaries viewing excerpts from the independence struggle are televised on the local channels, whilst the private TV stations have enough programs to ensure their viewers are pleased throughout the day.
They broadcast cultural shows, movies related to independence, as well as India nationalist songs which relive the patriotism in individuals. Shops across India are instructed to remain closed on the day, but you can see some small stores and groceries open starting late in the afternoon. All offices stay closed on the 15th of August.
A nice and wonderful place to hang out in the middle of the night as the center of attraction on Independence Day is the India Gate because the formation is beautifully illuminated. The sky is occupied with kites of numerous colors and shapes.
Overall, Indian Independence Day is certainly a festival much anticipated by a lot of people in the country of India each and every year.