Kolkata, Aug 11 : With the 73rd Independence Day inching closer, the people across the country are all geared up to celebrate the day on August 15 with great zeal to pay tribute to the freedom fighters, who sacrificed their lives to liberate the country from the yoke of British servitude, and to take a pledge to work for the country's prosperity.
This red-letter day has a great significance in Indian history as it ended up with a century-long struggle which finally broke free the country from the clutches of slavery and oppression of more than 200 years British rule and rose to the dawn of freedom.
On this glorious day, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoists the tri-colour national flag at the historic Red Fort in Delhi and addresses the nation by recounting previous year's achievements, discussing current major issues and plans for the progress of the nation.
The Red Fort, from where the Prime Minister of India addresses the Nation on this day is being decorated to welcome the Prime Minister.Every year, since Independence the Prime Minister of India addresses the Nation on this day from the Red Fort.
Significantly, first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru chose the ramparts of the Red Fort to address the nation a day after India gained her Independence and since then the tradition has been continuing till now.The foreign ambassadors and dignitaries also participate in the celebrations.
A guard of honour is given by the local police and armed forces personnel. A salute of 21 guns is fired. The military band plays the national anthem. The Prime Minister greets the ambassadors seated at the parapet.
Homage is paid to those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country.
After the Prime Minister’s speech, the functions come to an end with the recital of our national anthem, ‘Jan Gina Manna’ and the crowd begins to melt away.The celebration of Independence Day starts in all states and Union territories by a flag hoisting ceremony followed by a series of cultural programmes showcasing India's cultural and social images.
Every free nation of the world has its flag. It is a symbol of a free country. The National Flag of India was adopted in its present form during the meeting of Constituent Assembly held on July 22, 1947, a few days before India's independence from the British on August 15, 1947.
It served as the national flag of the Dominion of India between August 15, 1947, and January 26, 1950, and that of the Republic of India thereafter. In India, the term "tricolour" refers to the Indian national flag.(UNI)