Celebrating India's 73rd Independence Day, 15 August 2019
We, at GD Vashist Jyotish Sansthan, take this most prestigious and honorable opportunity in marking and saluting India’s 73rd Independence Day, on the 15th of August 2019.
Independence Day is always celebrated every year on the 15th of August, to mark the occasion of independence and freedom from the British rule. The independence from the British rule took place on the 15th of August 1947. The British rule, source entry and establishment of English East India Company, started in India in 1757. However, the British reached India much before for purposes of trade in the 17th century. The British ruled in India for about 200 years. The flag of the British was brought down and India’s flag was raised-hoisted.
As a tradition since, the flag of India is raised-hoisted, unfurled every year on the 15th of August by the Prime Minister from the historic Red Fort in New Delhi, as part of the celebratory ceremony. The speech of the Prime Minister includes important matters like country’s development-accomplishments, remembering and paying homage to the freedom fighters, leaders, issues facing the country, achievements, and so forth. The President of India gives a national address, speech one day prior on the 14th of August, on the eve of Independence Day. The National Anthem is sung.
This time in history also marks the division of the Indian subcontinent, i.e., the partition of India into two. There was also commotion, communal riots, disturbance etc, and saw the displacement of some 15 million people.
The Independence Day is one of the three most prominent national celebrations in India, along with the Republic Day of the 26th of October, and Gandhi Jayanti of the 2nd of October. These three are National public holidays in India.
On the occasion of Independence Day, many Government offices, schools, colleges, institutes, private sector etc observe a celebration marking the Independence Day. To mark the auspicious event of Independence Day, many of them hold march pasts, parades, speeches, singing of the National Anthem etc. Some distribute awards, for example for gallantry, bravery, contribution to India, etc. Some hold cultural programs. Flags of India can be seen all over, including the internet.
Many product-service companies come out with special discount schemes and offers in the week of Independence Day. Messages are exchanged between natives, in groups etc. Social Media platforms like Twitter, WhasApp, Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook etc are filled with Independence Day greeting messages.
Some fly kites, especially ones with India’s flag colors – saffron on the top, white in the middle, and green at the bottom. The saffron color denotes courage, sacrifice etc; the white color reflects purity, peace and truth; and the green color represents life, bravery, faith etc. Some kites even have the wheel Chakra printed. Many buildings are lit with the tricolor of the Indian flag. Many natives watch the TV for the live address of the Prime Minister to the nation in the morning; while some have get together like in residential areas to mark the Independence Day.
In 2019, the auspicious festivity of Raksha Bandhan, Rakhi is also coinciding with the Independence Day on the 15th of August.
We wish all natives a Very Happy India’s 73rd Independence Day, Jai Hind.
Date Published : 08 Aug 2019