India Independence Day And More About India


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India Independence Day is a holiday celebrated throughout the Indian subcontinent. 

This holiday began on August 15th of 1947, and has been celebrated on or near that date ever since. 

This was the day when India gained independence from the British rule, by way of patient, non violent resistance led by Mahatma Gandhi. 


Unfortunately, India's independence coincided with many violent riots and many thousand deaths. In fact, nearly 15 million people were displaced due to religious violence. 




5 Facts About India Independence Day


  1. The current flag design of India became official on India Independence Day, and has remained unchanged ever since. 
  2. Every Independence Day, India's President raises the national flag above the Lahori Gate of the Red Fort in Delhi. 
  3. Holiday festivities on India Independence Day include a colorful, crowded parade, fireworks displays, the singing of India's national anthem, and speeches from the President and the Prime Minister.
  4. Prior to 1947, the British ruled India for more than 200 years. 
  5. The national anthem of India, called Jana Gana Mana, became India's official national anthem in 1950. It was originally composed in Bangladesh. The title, in Bangla, means "Gone Are The Gems."





Here are the lyrics to Jana Gana Mana, which were translated into English back in 1919:


Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people,

Dispenser of India's destiny.

Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sindh,

Gujarat and Muratha,

Of the David and Odisha

and Bengal;

It echoes in the hills of Vindhya

and the Himalayas,

Mingles in the music of Ganga and Yamuna

and is chanted by the waves of the Indian Sea

They pray for thy blessings and sing thy praise.

The saving of all people waits in thy hand,

Thou dispenser of India's destiny.

Victory, Victory, Victory to thee. 




Shown above: The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai on India Independence Day, 2016. 


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