Independence Day which is on the 15th of August will mark the 70th year of Independent India. Independence Day in India is celebrated with great splendor, joy, and pride to honor and celebrate Mother India. Different cultures in India celebrate this day in different ways but the essence of patriotism towards Mother India remains the same, at its maximum.
There is a productive way to spend this day, simultaneously having fun. As this Independence Day falls on a Tuesday, the chances of feeling Monday blues are pretty slim. Before we divulge into the various super fun things you can do. Let’s take a look at how people celebrate this day.
On the eve of Independence Day, the President of India delivers the “Address to the Nation”. The Prime Minister hoists the Indian flag in Red Fort, Delhi on the Independence Day. The National Anthem, composed by Rabindranath Tagore is then sung. Followed by twenty-one-gun shots to honor the solemn occasion. The Prime Minister then gives a speech in which he highlights the past year’s achievements, raises new issues and elaborates on further developments. He also pays tribute to the leaders and the torch bearers of the Indian Independence Movement. This is followed by the march past of divisions of the Indian Armed Forces.
Similar events take place in state capitals where the Chief Ministers of that state unfurls the national flag and it is followed by cultural events like dance, music, speeches, etc. Also, these events take place in several governmental and non-governmental organizations or institutions at various scales.
Flying kites is one of the fun traditions and in many cities, like Delhi and Mumbai, the sky is filled with various kites of a variety of colors most of them in the colors of the national flag. To some people, these kites are a symbol of their freedom from the British rule. Many places even kite flying competitions with great prizes. People dress in various shades of the tricolor (orange, white and green). This day has become a celebration of everything Indian from your morning glass of cutting chai to your evenings at the pani puri stall, this day celebrates every single aspect of being an Indian.
Here’s a list of fun things you can do on Independence Day which would be a great way to celebrate this wonderful holiday.
- Watching Movies
Many television channels play a variety of classics and new patriotic movies, on this day. Other than this there are new releases and many theatres offer Independence Day discounts. You can even call your friends over and have a binge-watching session.
- Flag Hoisting
Schools, colleges, offices and other organizations host celebrations where the hoist the flag and sing, dance and rejoice. They even enact the freedom struggles and attending these events is a great idea because it’s one day of celebration of fun in your normal mundane life. Sweets are usually distributed too.
- Visiting Orphanages & Old Age Homes
Celebrating this day with children is orphanages and people in old age homes is a wonderful idea. You can go to any of these places in your locality and just spend an entire day with them. Talking, playing and learning things from them. This would be a great experience and you will make a lot of new friends you can come back and meet.
There are many offers and deals which come up during this time of the year. Many retail, clothing and electronic stores have a variety of products at discounted rates. And if you’re feeling lazy you can shop from online stores as they also have a huge number of offers and discounts going on.
- Start a new hobby
Wanted to have your own garden? Wanted to get into reading? Wanted to paint on canvases? Then this is the perfect time to start a new hobby. Plant those seeds, pick up that book and that paint brush, start.
- Organize a Potluck
This is a great time to spend time with your friends and families. Host a get together where you and your friends can make various dishes from different parts of India and have a fun time together playing games and eating those delicious dishes.