After a severe and long struggle against dependence on the British, India finally achieved freedom on August 15, 1947. It is the most historical day for all Indians. Every year, Independence Day is celebrated with great fervor and joy to honor this epic event. There are different facts you should know about Independence Day in India and some of them are yet to be revealed.
1. On August 7, 1906, national flag was hoisted in India for the first time. The venue of this ceremony was Parsee Bagan Sq. Calcutta. The national flag was made with 3 horizontal strips of yellow, red and green colors and red strip had 8 lotus flowers, a white crescent with star in green strip on the right and white sun on the left.
2. Pingali Venkayya at Bezwada was the man behind the design of first version of Indian national flag in 1921. The flag has green and red strips and a white strip on the middle. The green and red colors represent two leading communities in the country, and white one stands for the rest of other communities. A spinning wheel was also printed on white strip. Now, Ashok Chakra is printed in place of it and the saffron strip has replaced red strip.
3. When India achieved independence, there was no official National Anthem. The official National Anthem of India, Jana Gana Mana was written in its Bengali version in 1911.
4. The Independence Day is considered to be the important day in India and is shared with various nations like South Korea, North Korea, Bahrain and Republic of Congo. In the world history, it is also an important day because it honors the Japan’s surrender to Allied Forces.
5. When India became independent on August 15, 1947, Mahatma Gandhi was in Kolkata (earlier Calcutta). He fasted in protest against communal violence and offered prayers all around the day for the country which was facing the hatred in a huge scale.
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6. Hindi is actually not a national language in the country. Instead, it is the official language of the country, according to the Article 343 in Indian Constitution.
7. Mahatma Gandhi was working to disband the Congress after country’s independence.
8. After attaining independence in 1947 in India, Goa was officially a Portuguese state. Later on, the state was annexed to India on December 19, 1961 when Indian troops invaded it.
9. India is named after Indus River where Indus Valley Civilization was living. It was one of the historic civilizations across the globe. On the other side, Bharat Ganrajya is the Sanskrit name of the nation.
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10. The first Prime Minister of the country, Jawaharlal Nehru became the global style icon after independence. His well-known Nehru jacket became the trendsetter over the world. In fact, he earned his presence in Vogue magazine.
These above are the amazing and astonishing facts about Independence Day in India. We hope they would surely fascinate you and make you feel proud for being the part of the nation.