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India and all Indians all over the world celebrate August 15th as Independence Day. Living outside of India, our kids don't have the advantage of learning about India's famous non-violent struggle against the British empire. It is the time of year to brush up India's unique freedom fight with our kids. Click here for a concise account.


Independence Day is celebrated on a large scale in India. Flag hosting at the Red Fort in Delhi, the capital of India, is followed by a speech by the Prime Minister of India. Various school children perform at the event as well. Different schools, colleges and even corporations organize fun activities. Buildings are decorated with the tri-colors of the Tiranga Jhanda (the tri-colored Indian flag). Indian radio stations all over the world play patriotic songs like 'Mere Desh Ki Darti', 'Ae Mere Vatan Ke Logo', etc all day.

Outside of India, the celebrations are organized by Indian Associations and Indian Consulate to celebrate the day with patriotic songs, Indian classical and folk dances and scrumptious food. Indians and people of Indian origin here in the US and elsewhere, take to social media to wish each other a Happy Independence Day on the occasion of India's independence from the British rule on Aug 15th, 1947. While most people update their status with the congratulatory wishes, there are some who post pictures of the celebrations in their place of work or other institutions. 


Those of us born in the post struggle era in an independent nation, can only imagine the sacrifices made and the cost of the reward, but we sure hope that we live up to the hope and aspirations of those who fought to get us where we are. Like the song goes ... 

"Hum Laye Hain Tufan Se Kashti Nikal Ke,Is desh ko rakhna mere baccho sambhal ke"(Translation: We, as in they- the freedom fighters, have brought the boat out of a storm, keep the nation safe)



 Richa and Vaibhav Vishal from Singapore attended the Independence Day celebrations at The Indian High Commission at Singapore. "Such a great feeling to be born in a free country", he says.



 A community in Hyderabad (pictures below) (Andra Pradesh, India) celebrates Independence Day. (Photo Credit: Neelima and Shruti Kumar)


Shefali Kulshrestha and her friends in Pune (Maharashtra, India) don on dupattas that are the colors of Indian flag (below).

 Kids in TGES (The Galaxy Education System) in Rajkot, Gujarat in India, perform in costumes in the colors of Indian flag (below) (Photo Credit: Tejal B. Pandya)


Sujata Sharma, an Additional Professor in AIIMS and a blogger, shared the pictures of celebrations at AIIMS where we see the place decorated with balloons in the colors of the Indian flag.  





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