In India, we celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday every year on the 15th of August. India which was under the colonial rule of the British until 1947, celebrates is Independence Day as a mark of the end of the British rule in India and the day on which she was established as a free and independent nation.
The independent movement, which started in India with the mutiny of 1857 against the oppression and suppression of the Indian people by the British, gained momentum after the end of the Second World War and it was finally on the 15th August 1947 that India gained her independence from British rule. The freedom struggle saw the sacrifice made by many great leaders who inspired and united millions of Indians to join in the freedom struggle and strive for self-rule.
The day is celebrated with much enthusiasm all across the country at various schools, colleges and stadiums where students take part in flag-raising ceremonies, parades and singing of the national anthem. Police, army and other paramilitary forces also participate in celebrations with similar functions in various capacities.
The day also marks the hoisting of the national flag by the Prime Minister of the country from the red fort, followed by a parade, which is attended by all the major leaders of the country. The Prime Mister also addresses the nation from the red fort where he shares with the country the achievements of the last year and also lays out the road map for the coming year.
Even though it is a national holiday, students come to schools and colleges for the celebrations in the first half. Also as a commemoration of the day, all government offices even though closed remain lit as a part of the celebrations.
The day is celebrated with much enthusiasm, remembering all those who played a part in the freedom struggle and even laid down their lives with Independent India in mind.