The Independence Day of India is celebrated on the fiftheenth of August to commemorate its Independence from British rule and its birth as a sovereign nation in 1947. After more than two hundred years of British rule, India finally won back its freedom on 15th August, 1947. All the patriotic hearts rejoiced at seeing India becoming a sovereign nation and the triumph of hundreds and thousands of martyred souls. It was a birth of a new nation and a new beginning.
In 1947, after the World War II, Britain could see that it no longer could hold its power over India. It was becoming increasingly difficult and Indian freedom fighters were in no mood to give up. With the international support also coming to an end, Britain decided to relive India from their power but not before June 1948.
However, the impending Independence more so enhanced the violence between Hindus and Muslims. The communal violence grew so large that it became impossible for new viceroy Lord Mountbatten to control it and as such, he advanced the date for the transfer of power, allowing less than six months for a mutually agreed plan for Independence. On the midnight of August 15, 1947 India was sworn in as an independent country with Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru as the first prime minister.
The day is celebrated to commemorate the birth of the world's biggest democracy as a national holiday. The Prime Minister addresses the Nation after the flag has been unfurled recounting the country's achievements of the year, discussing current major issues and future plans for the progress of the country.
Independence Day is celebrated throughout India and every corner of the country on this day every year. Independence Day is celebrated by every citizen of India irrespective of caste, creed and religion. National, state and local government offices, post offices and banks are closed on this day. Apart from the normal government offices and educational institutions the day is celebrated even in small colonies and associations. There are costume parties and people, old or young, men or women, dress up in a nationalistic way.