Independence Day Celebrations
Independence Day, is
celebrated in a mood of abandon and joy - no rituals, just festivities. It is
private and government organisations remaining closed, but for official
celebrations in the morning.
Schools and colleges mark the day with cultural activities, drills, flag
hoisting and distribution of sweets. Government as well as private organisations
celebrate it similarly.
Families and friends get together for lunch or dinner, or for an outing. Housing
colonies, cultural centres, clubs and societies hold entertainment programmes
and competitions, usually based on
the freedom theme.
The Prime Minister sets the mood by hoisting the national flag and addressing
the nation from the Red Fort, the historical monument in Delhi. This is
accompanied by a march-past of the armed and police forces. Similar ceremonies
are held in all the state capitals. The Prime Minister's address and the
march-past are relayed live on national television.
In cities, one sees a sudden
burst of saffron, green and white, the Indian tri-colour. The media goes to town
with a variety of contests, promotions and programmes related to Indian
independence. Television channels show patriotic movies and relentlessly play
patriotic songs from old and new Hindi movies. Billboards on roadsides for
different brands pay their tribute to the nation.
Everyone seems to have something going for them. Shops and petty tradesmen sell
a range of Independence Day merchandise such as
flags, stickers, tee-shirts and
Street urchins hawk paper and plastic flags and tri-coloured balloons to
motorists at traffic signals.
Though a trifle commercial and jingoistic, what lies beneath the
celebrations is the national spirit of gaiety,
pride and hope for a better future. A spirit and hope that is renewed each year.
Red Fort Ceremony
On the morning of August 15, the Prime Minister addresses the nation from the
ramparts of the Red Fort in Delhi. In his speech, he highlights the achievements
of the country during the past year and gives a call for further development. He
also pays tribute to leaders of the freedom
Independence Day should not merely become a part of
our holiday list. There should be serious efforts in educating the future
generations about the struggles which the freedom
fighters underwent to give us the freedom that we
There has to be a concerned effort by everyone to make available the lives and
teachings of the sons of the soil, who sacrificed their all, so that we could
enjoy the freedom.