The Capital City of India, Delhi, is ready for celebrating Independence Day on 15th August, 2012. All preparations are almost done and appropriate authorities ensure best security measures in sensitive areas of Delhi and the places where actual celebrations take place. Let's have a look at this Photo Journey to know what all happens in Delhi during Independence Day of INDIA.
The Independence Day of India which is celebrated on 15 August, is a national holiday signifies the date of India's independence from the British rule and its birth as a sovereign nation on 15 August 1947. The independence coincided with the partition of India wherein the British Indian Empire was divided along religious lines into two new nations—Dominion of India (later Republic of India) and Dominion of Pakistan (later Islamic Republic of Pakistan)...
The Independence Day of India is a national holiday in country. The flagship event takes place in Delhi where the Prime Minister of India hosts the national flag at the Red Fort, followed by a nationally broadcast speech from its ramparts. The day is observed all over India with flag-hosting ceremonies, parades and cultural events. Citizens rejoice the day by displaying the national flag on their attire, household accessories, vehicles.. varied activities such as kite flying, bonding with family and friends, and enjoying patriotic songs and films are seen.
Many citizens of India from various parts of Country come to witness this grand ceremony at Red Fort. A grand parade is held at Red Fort by different troops of Indian Army. During Independence Day of India, Indian Flags can be seen all around. It's not about Red Fort or some selected parts of the country but every red-light, showroom, restaurant etc can be found decorated with Indian Flags. During this activity, most of the folks make sure that Indian Flag is not disrespected by any means, although many times these flags are also seen on roads after the ceremonial day, which is one of the sad part.
On 15 August, the Prime Minister of India hoists the Indian flag on the ramparts of the historical site Red Fort in Delhi. Twenty-one gun shots are fired in honour of the solemn occasion. In his speech, the Prime Minister highlights the achievements of his government during the past year, raises important issues and gives a call for further development. He pays tribute to the leaders of the freedom struggle. The Indian national anthem, Jana Gana Mana is sung. The speech is followed by march past by divisions of the Indian Army and paramilitary forces, and parades and pageants showcasing events from the struggle for independence as well as cultural traditions of the country. Similar events take place in state capitals where the Chief Ministers of individual states unfurl the national flag, and parades and pageants follow.
The Independence Day is one of the three national holidays in India (the other two being the Republic Day on 26 January and Mahatma Gandhi's birthday on 2 October) and is observed in all Indian states and union territories. On the eve of the Independence Day, the President of India delivers the 'Address to the Nation', which is televised nationally. So this year, Pranav Mukharjee would be addressing Indians first time as President.
Security measures in the country are intensified before the Independence Day celebration, especially in major cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Banglore and in troubled states such as Jammu and Kashmir. The celebratory events are anticipated to be the target of terrorist attacks. The aerial space around the Red Fort is declared a no-fly zone during the celebration to prevent aerial attacks, and additional police forces are deployed in other cities.
Security is one of the main focus area for appropriate authorities of India, to ensure that folks coming to Delhi for this event are safe and at the same time, all main locations in capital city are under proper surveillance.