Independence Day 2023


Yes, you read that right. India lost 200+ freedom fighters, ranging from the age of below 20 to 40+, in addition to the millions of individuals who lost their lives, families and peace, struggling to get independence from the Britishers!

Number of deaths in Jallianwala Bagh massacre


As I write this blog post, sitting in a comfortable room, there have been millions of people deeply affected by the great Indian independence fight 76 years ago. This post isn't a regular 'marketing/promotion' strategy, but a way to shine light on the brave acts that we experienced decades ago. 

  1. Independence Day: just a holiday?
  2. Why we celebrate Independence Day
  3. The Indian Independence Story
  4. How can you celebrate the 76th Independence Day.
  5. Independence Day Vs Republic Day.

We often get excited in anticipation of a holiday coming our way. Independence day, a 'holiday' that we celebrate on the 15th of August every year, is more than just that.

In the next section we will discuss and understand more about 'why we celebrate Independence day' and what makes this day so special for our nation.

Why we celebrate independence day?

India celebrates Independence day on the 15th of August each year to enshrine the day gained freedom from British colonial rule and became an independent nation. The story of gaining freedom and independence traces decades back to the 17th century.

This day holds vital importance for India, as it is a rememberance of the hard-fought and deserved freedom, from colonial exploitation, tourture and violence. The 15th of August 1947, marked a new era of India; an era of self governance and nation building.

The Indian Independence Story

In the early 17th century, the British East India Company made it's mark on Indian soil. Thereafter, they gradually extended their control over alot of regions across the country. By the 19th century, the Britishers had assumed control over most of the Indian sub-continent.

British East India company logo
Source: Wikipedia

It wasn't until then, the movement for independence gained momentum in the 20th century, with prominent leaders and freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhas Chandra Bose, and many others leading the charge against British rule.

It was on the midnight of August 14-15, 1947 when India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, hoisted the national flag at the Red Fort in Delhi, signaling the end of British rule and the birth of an independent India. Hence, on this special occasion, we celebrate with flag hoisting ceremonies, parades, cultural events, and various other festivities to honor the sacrifices of their freedom fighters.

If you're looking to celebrate this 76th Independence with your loved ones, you must read the next section.

How to celebrate Independence Day?

1. Flag Hoisting

This is one of the most underrated celebrations on Independence day. Hoisting the flag is no ordinary act. It is way of appreciating and being grateful to the nation, for giving us 76 years of independence.

Flag hoisting outside The Red Fort

Source: Webcast

Often I hear this question, "who hoists the flag on Independence Day?" Ideally, it should be someone who is elderly, as a sign of respect. Additionally, if you have friends or family serving in the Indian forces, they should be given the honour to hoist the flag.

Flag hoisting is generally followed and concluded by people enjoying some Indian sweet dishes or snacks. Having a quick bite and discussing about this special day, is a great way to end the celebration.

Indian Sweet Dishes

2. Learn More About Indian History

If you had to ask 10 of your friends, a few questions about the Indian independence fight, you're probably not going to get answers. As citizens of this nation, being aware of our country's torturous past, obstacles and difficulties is a must.

If not on an ordinary day, atleast on this special day, taking some interest into learning more about the Indian history could also be a way of celebrating and honouring this momentous occasion. Below is a list of few resources that can be helpful to you, if you decide to celebrate this 76th Independence day.

3. Do a Good Deed

- Share The Joy:

Spread the essence of Independence Day by sharing the joy with those less fortunate. Visit local orphanages, elderly care homes, or shelters and conduct interactive games and activities for the residents.

- Nourish the Needy:

Food is more than just nourishment for the body; it is a symbol of love and care. You can organize a food donation drive in your community, where people can contribute meals or food packets for the underprivileged.

If you decide to carry out a food donation drive on this special day, The Sweet Blend would love to be a part of the same. Contact us here.

- Planting Hope:

The Indian tri-colour flag stands for harmony, growth and prosperity. You can put these qualities into action by setting up a tree-planting event wherever possible.

You could make it a big event or keep it as small as planting a tiny plant in your own backyard. What matters are your intentions and actions. Try to involve how many ever people possible!

4. Movie Night with Family

As the sun sets and the nation celebrates it's hard-earned victory of freedom, there's no better way to end the day with an interesting movie night with near and dear ones. Settle down in a cozy environment, grab some tasty snacks, and commence a cinematic journey that captures the true meaning of India's fight towards independence.

A few great movies that you can watch are: Lagaan (2001), Gandhi (1982), The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)

Packet of khasta kachori
Packet of dry samosa
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What is the difference between Independence Day & Republic Day?

In this blog post we understood what Independence Day stands for; marks the day when India gained its independence from British colonial rule in 1947. It commemorates the historic moment when the Indian Independence Act of 1947 came into effect, leading to the end of British suzerainty and the birth of an independent India.

Republic Day is celebrated on the 26th of January each year and honours the day when the Constitution of India came into effect in 1950, officially declaring India a sovereign, socialist, secular, and democratic republic. On this historic day, India's transformation from a constitutional monarchy under the British crown to an independent republic was completed.

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