Independence Day

Independence Day

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my father, let my country awake.

- Rabindranath Tagore in Gitanjali

15th August, observed as a national holiday across the country, celebrates India's remarkable journey from a colonised country to a sovereign nation. Hence, we celebrate this day as Independence Day. This year is the 63rd anniversary of our freedom.

Freedom Struggle

On this day, our countrymen pay tribute to the great freedom fighters and national leaders, who laid down their lives in the fight against the British Raj.

Freedom Struggle


On the anniversary of Independence Day, the country expresses its patriotic fervor in various ways. Publications bring out special supplements, stories and reports with a nationalist theme. Television and radio channels broadcast special programmes. Movies with patriotic themes are screened. Patriotic tunes and songs are played at public places. The national flag is hoisted at schools, offices and community centres across the country accompanied by cultural programmes and patriotic speeches.

Celebrations at national level: The President delivers the 'Address to the Nation - External website that opens in a new window' on the eve of Independence Day. On the morning of Independence Day, the Prime Minister hoists the National Flag from the ramparts of Delhi's historic Red Fort to a 21-gun salute before addressing the nation - External website that opens in a new window. This is followed by the rendition of the National Anthem by school children and National Cadet Corps.

In a notable display of patriotism, people flock to Red Fort to witness the grand spectacle. Doordarshan - External website that opens in a new window, the Public Service Broadcaster of India, airs the celebrations live.

Across the national capital, Government buildings decorated with colourful lights become a major attraction in the evening.

Celebrations at state/local level: Special Independence Day functions like flag-hoisting ceremonies and parades are held in all the state capitals of the country. These events are usually presided over by the Chief Minister of each state. The local administrations, as districts, municipalities, panchayats, etc. also hold similar functions.

Government buildings everywhere are decorated with flowers and tri-colour buntings.


Independence Day

Come 15th August the skies are dotted with multi-coloured kites of various shapes and sizes. One of the most delightful and interesting activities associated with Independence Day is kite-flying - symbolizing the spirit of freedom. Kite flying competitions are held at many places in the northern and central parts of India.

Celebrate with National Portal of India

Celebrate with NPI

Right from the President's Address to the Nation - External website that opens in a new window on the eve of 15th August to the various programmes at the Red Fort in New Delhi, the National Portal of India brings you complete coverage of Independence Day celebrations - External website that opens in a new window.

You can also access the full text of the Prime Minister's speech and view the complete list of people awarded for their outstanding achievements and distinguished services to the nation.

Here are some special features on the occasion of Independence Day:

Be proud to be an Indian and spread the glory of India. Join us to celebrate the 63rd anniversary of India's Independence.

Jai Hind!


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