India is gearing up to celebrate its Independence Day August 15, 2024 marking a significant milestone in its history. This day serves as a powerful reminder of the nation’s liberation from British colonial rule after nearly two centuries. Every year on August 15, people across India celebrate Independence Day to commemorate the country’s independence from British colonial rule. As 2024 Independence Day draws closer, this year will marked as the 77th Independence Day celebration.
History of Independence Day
On July 4, 1947, the Indian Independence Bill was introduced in the British House of Colonials. British dominance came to an end after 200 years on August 15, 1947. The British enacted the Indian Independence Act on July 18, 1947, and the entire act was the reason for the Indian Independence Movement, which had been active for a long period of time.
Significance of Independence Day
Independence Day is observed as a national holiday in the country. This day in particular serves as a reminder of the numerous sacrifices made by our warriors to advance the liberation movement and secure our independence from British domination.
When is Independence Day in India?
Independence Day in India occurs on August 15 of every year. It celebrates the date in 1947 when the Indian Independence Act came into effect, which established India and Pakistan as separate countries, no longer under British imperialist rule. (In Pakistan, Independence Day is celebrated on August 14th.)
How is Independence Day celebrated in India?
Independence Day is celebrated through festivities across India. Notably, the prime minister visits the Red Fort monument for a flag-raising ceremony and delivers a televised address that is broadcast nationwide. Other traditional events include flying kites and wearing the tricolor.
Did the partition of India and Pakistan happen on Independence Day?
Independence Day in India marks the partition of India and Pakistan. The Indian Independence Act, passed by Britain’s Parliament, ordered that the dominions of India and Pakistan be demarcated by midnight of August 14–15, 1947.
How did India gain independence from British rule?
India’s path to independence from British rule was spearheaded by the work of Mahatma Gandhi, who organized and led a series of nonviolent protests. Other important figures include Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the leader of the All India Muslim League and Pakistan’s founder, and Jawaharlal Nehru, a follower of Gandhi and India’s first prime minister.