Come 15th August the skies are dotted with multi-coloured kites of various shapes and sizes. One of the most delightful and interesting activities associated with Independence Day is kite-flying - symbolizing the spirit of freedom. Kite flying competitions are held at many places in the northern and central parts of India.
15th August, observed as a national holiday across the country, celebrates India's remarkable journey from a colonised country to a sovereign nation. Hence, we celebrate this day as Independence Day.
The design of the National Flag was adopted by the Constituent Assembly of India on 22 July 1947.
The National Flag is a horizontal tricolour of deep saffron (Kesaria) at the top, white in the middle and dark green at the bottom in equal proportion
The Indian National Flag represents the hopes and aspirations of the people of India. It is the symbol of our national pride. Over the last five decades, several people including members of armed forces have ungrudgingly laid down their lives to keep the tricolour flying in its full glory.
The National Flag may be hoisted in educational institutions (schools, colleges, sports camps, scout camps, etc.) to inspire respect for the Flag. An oath of allegiance has been included in the flag hoisting in schools.
The song Jana-gana-mana, composed originally in Bengali by Rabindranath Tagore, was adopted in its Hindi version by the Constituent Assembly as the National Anthem of India on 24th January 1950.
The National Anthem was first sung on 27 December 1911 at the Kolkata Session of the Indian National Congress.
The Song Vande Mataram, composed in Sanskrit by Bankimchandra Chatterji, was a source of inspiration to the people in their struggle for freedom. It has an equal status with Jana-gana-mana.
Playing time of the full version of the National Anthem is approximately 52 seconds. A short version consisting of the first and last lines of the stanza (playing time approximately 20 seconds) is also played on certain occasions.