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
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
On 15 August 1947, India attained freedom from the British Rule.
Every year, August 15 is celebrated as the
Independence Day in
India. This national festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm
all over the country.
The Independence Day of any country is a moment of pride and
glory. On this special occasion, rich tributes are paid to the
freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives and fought to free their
motherland from the clutches of the oppressors - British who ruled
The British, had initially come for trade but gradually took over
the total administration of the country.
At the strike of midnight of the August 15, 1947, India shook off
the shackles of British Rule and became free. It was a night of
celebration all over the country.
Commemorating the day India attained freedom (15th August);
Independence Day is celebrated with flag hoisting ceremonies
and cultural programmes all over the country. The main program is
held at the Red Fort where the Prime Minster unfurls the National
Flag and it is saluted by Guns.
The Prime Minister's speech at the Red Fort in Delhi is a major
highlight. Patriotic presentations by school children add colors to
Delhi’s skyline gets dotted with thousands of kites taking to the
sky this day. Similar programmes are held at all the State capitals
The preparations begin a month in advance. Roads are decorated with
flags and buntings. Buildings of national importance are