This year India will celebrate its 74th Independence Day remembering the sacrifices made by the numerous freedom fighters, political leaders, and thousands of Indian citizens to free the motherland.
Independence Day is an annual event of our country that is celebrated on August 15. Each year, the whole nation and all over worldwide, commemorate and with enthusiasm, celebrate the freedom of the country from the rulings of the Britishers.
Every year the Prime Minister of India hoists the national flag at the Red Fort to commemorate the big day. Each citizen gazes at the memorable flag-hoisting ceremonies, parades, and cultural events performed in this global event.
But, this year’s celebration will not be the same as ever before. The country and the whole planet has been struck hard with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has changed the course of living the life in normalcy for every human being.
Let us take a look at how this year’s Independence Day celebration will differ from the previous ones and read some unheard and interesting facts about India’s Independence Day.
- Every year, huge mobs of young students and children march and pass along in the ceremonial parade but this year, it will the first time that the annual event will not take place.
- Instead of the 900-1000 guests invited each year, a total of 1,500 “corona warriors” and 400 NCC cadets will grace the function.
- Police officers and NCC cadets will take part in the annual parade ceremony wearing proper precautionary measures including masks and PPE kits.
- To maintain social distancing, Namaste with a hands folded gesture will be used for greeting and acknowledgment.
- All personnel participating in the function and likely to come into contact with the Prime Minister will remain in quarantine from August 1 till the completion of the Independence Day function.
- Contrary to celebrate the Independence Day on 15 August 1947, Mahatma Gandhi was sitting on a fast in Noakhali, West Bengal that day to prevent communal violence between Hindus and Muslims.
- India shares its date of Independence with three different nations. These nations are South Korea (15 August 1945), Bahrain (15 August 1971), and the Democratic Republic of Congo (15 August 1960).
- The date, 15th of August in 1947, also marks the date of the announcement of the partition of India into two separate countries. A whole country was divided into two parts, i.e. India and Pakistan.
- Till 15 August 1947, India had no national anthem till the day of independence. Rabindranath Tagore had written ‘Jan-Gana-Mana’ only in 1911, but it was later declared as the National Anthem in 1950.
- The India-Pakistan partition was accompanied by violent riots and mass casualties. Nearly, 1.5 crore people were subject to displacement due to religious violence.
- Maharishi Aurobindo Ghosh, who was involved in getting India independence from the British, was born on the same date of August 15, 1872.
- The decision was taken by the East India Company to set up separate civil and criminal courts in different districts of India. This decision was taken on 15 August 1772.