15th August commemorates India’s independence from the 200-year-old British rule in 1947 and the establishment of an independent state. This day brings to mind the numerous sacrifices made for the country. Millions of people, the majority of whom are nameless and faceless, sacrificed their lives for this country.
Independence Day is one of the three national holidays, and there is no reason why you shouldn’t be planning some fun activities on this holiday. This year, 15th August is falling on Thursday, making it an extended weekend for many as they will be skipping work on Friday. Of course, the holiday is lazy, so here we list down some creative ideas on how you can celebrate your day.
- Attend the Flag hoisting event
If you live in Delhi or are planning to travel to Delhi on holidays, you can attend the flag hoisting ceremony. On the eve of Independence Day, the President of the country hoists the national flag at the Red Fort. No doubt, it will be the most memorable event for you. You will need a valid government identification card, and you can buy the passes from the Red Fort or other authorized counters. You can even arrange a flag hoisting event with family and friends in your community to make this day special.
- Visit historic monuments
If you can manage an off day on Friday, you can enjoy the extended holidays by planning a short trip to any vacation spot. Every city in India has a mark of the independence struggle. You can plan a short trip to visit nearby historic monuments that depict the cultural strength of our country. You can teach your kids the significance of these monuments and also engage them with stories of struggles.
- Read patriotic books or autobiography of any of the martyrs
Pick your favorite hero from the past and read out his/her autobiography to learn about history. You can read about the actual events and what went in to make India a free state. What better day to start reading patriotic books than the Independence Day itself. Here is a small list for you:
“Midnight’s Children” by Salman Rushdie
“India: A History” by John Keay”
“Freedom at Midnight” by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre
“The Discovery of India” by India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru
“A Flag, A Song, and A Pinch of Salt” by Subhadra Sen Gupta
- Watch a patriotic movie
If you are planning your holiday at home, this could be the best thing to do. There are several movies based on India’s freedom struggle. The Indian Film Industry has a treasure trove of such inspirational movies. It will be both fun and educational activity. The award-winning “Lagaan,” the classic “Border,” the youthful “Rang De Basanti,” an Oscar-nominated “Mother India,” the struggle of freedom fighters “Mangal Pandey,” or Bhagat Singh’s “Shaheed.” You can pick any of these films to get your patriotic juice flowing.
- Fly kites
This one is the most enjoyable activity to do. Flying the tri-color kites is a tradition in India. People signify the flight and height of the kites with the pride and success of the country. If you know how to fly a kite, it is a plus. But, if you don’t, you can learn it no time. You can arrange a kite-flying event at your home by calling up your friends and family and throwing each other challenges.
- Independence Day Competitions
Competitions are the best way to pass the time. You can organize speech competitions, painting competitions, arts and crafts, essay writing on freedom fighters, and it will be fun. It will be a learning opportunity for kids as they will do research about Indian history.
- Practice random acts of kindness
Could India stand free without unity? Independence Day is the best time to learn the power of unity. Be kind to your people. Try to help them out whenever they need you. Realize the fact that kindness and unity can withstand any hurdle. Happy Independence to all of you!