1. The first revolt for Independence began in 1857 with the sepoy mutiny in Meerut.

2. After the ‘purna swaraj’ promulgation, 26th of January was declared as Independence Day.

3. India got Independence between 11 pm to 12 am, midnight on August 15, 1947.

4. On the day when India got Independent, innumerable people from across the country
gathered in Central Delhi and shot rainbows in the sky to mark their salute to the newly hosted flag.  

5. On August 15, 1947, Gandhiji did not participate in the celebrations. He retired himself in Kolkata fasting morning prayer for the partition of India.

6. Every year on August 15, the Prime Minister of India hoists the flag at the ’Red Fort’ in New Delhi.

The national anthem of India, ‘Jana Gana Mana’ was written by Rabindranath Tagore who also wrote the national anthem for Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

8. The top saffron band in the Indian national flag represents the strength and courage of the country.

9. The middle white band represents peace and truth. The last green band represents the fertility, growth and auspiciousness of the nation.

9. The 'Ashoka Chakra’, navy blue in colour against the white band is the representation of the ‘dharma chakra’.  It is also known as the wheel of time or the ‘samay chakra’ standing for the ‘24 hours’ in a day.  According to the Hindu religion, 24 spokes of the Ashoka Chakra also signifies 24 virtues.

10. Two reasons why Pakistan got Independence a day befer India because Lord Mountbatten, India’s first Governor General transferred power to Pakistan on  August 14 so that he could be present in India on August 15 for its official Independence Day celebration. Another reason was as Pakistan observed ‘ramdaan’ on August 14 which is auspicious for our Muslim brothers .

Kolkata, the then Calcutta was the capital of India till 1911.

12. The official Indian flag was designed by Pingali Venkayya.

13. Every year since 2003, google comes up with creative doodles on the theme of India’s Independence on August 15

14. North Korea, South Korea, Bahrain and Republic of the Congo also celebrate their Independence Day on August 15.

15. National Flag of India is manufactured only in ‘khadi cloth' officially. Any other material used is a punishable offence as per the laws.


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