8 Fascinating and Lesser-Known Facts About August 15 Celebration!

Pre-Independence Poet's Vision

The slogan "Swaraj is my birthright and I shall have it" coined by Bal Gangadhar Tilak in 1916 became a rallying cry for India's struggle for independence.

First Flag Hoisting

The first time the Indian national flag was hoisted on August 15 was in 1947 at 7:30 AM by Jawaharlal Nehru at the Lahori Gate of the Red Fort.

Martyrs Remembered

A two-minute silence is observed on August 15 in memory of those who sacrificed their lives for India's freedom.

Rising Tricolor

The largest Indian national flag, known as the "Flag of India," flies proudly at Connaught Place in Delhi, standing at a staggering 60 feet tall.

Independence Eve Celebration

India's President addresses the nation on the eve of Independence Day, outlining the country's achievements and future goals.

Kite Flying Extravaganza

Kite flying is a popular tradition on August 15, symbolizing the freedom and aspirations of the nation.

Changing of Guard

A ceremonial Changing of the Guard takes place at Rashtrapati Bhavan, showcasing the discipline and precision of India's armed forces.

Flag Etiquette

The Indian national flag is never flown at half-mast except on occasions of national mourning, making August 15 even more significant.