Independence Day - History, Facts And Significance - All You Need To Know

Swatantrata Diwas: A Tribute to Freedom

Ever wanted to teach your little one about India’s Independence Day, and why we celebrate it? We’ve got you covered, read more to find out everything you need to know about the importance of independence day! 

It all started in 1947, when India became independent from British rule, and every year on August 15th we celebrate what is known as Swatantrata Diwas or Independence Day. The importance of independence day is widely known throughout the country, where people across all States and Union Territories celebrate this national holiday.

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About Independence Day: A Historical Overview

Following the independence movement led by Mahatma Gandhi, his principle of nonviolent resistance spread rapidly throughout the nation. Jawaharlal Nehru then became the first Prime Minister of India, hoisting the Indian national flag above the Lahori Gate of the Red Fort in Delhi to mark the auspicious celebrations. Many freedom fighters sacrificed their lives for India’s independence, and we celebrate independence day to remember this day in their honour. 

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Celebrate Independence Day: Traditions and Rituals

Independence Day is celebrated across India in various exciting ways. Here are some festive activities you can participate in to join the fun:

Flag Hoisting - The national flag of India is raised high, accompanied by the singing of the national anthem, evoking a strong sense of pride and patriotism!

Cultural Programs - Schools, colleges, and other institutions host various cultural events like dance, music, and theatrical plays.

Festive Decorations - Buildings and homes are adorned with flags and vibrant lights.

Group Celebrations - People celebrate with family and friends, organising picnics and engaging in various activities.

Large Parades - Vibrant parades and diverse performances showcasing India's cultural richness are organised across the nation.

Sharing Sweets - It's customary to share sweets, particularly Indian mithais, among family, friends, and neighbours.

Keep these traditions alive as you go out and celebrate independence day with your loved ones! However, if you choose to celebrate indoors, there’s still a lot you can do! Make the most of this national holiday by spending time with your little ones at home and teaching them all about our nation’s rich history! Check out these fun drawing activities to help them develop a sense of patriotism and pride at home. 


We hope this blog gives you more insight about independence day, so you can teach your little one the importance of celebrating this auspicious day as a family! For more fun and engaging ways to help your kids learn through play, check out skillmatics.in to find educational games and activities for children of all ages! 


  • The year 2024 will mark which year of India’s Independence?

In 2024, India will be celebrating its 78th year of Independence. Since 1947 is the foundational year of India’s inaugural Swatantrata Diwas or Independence Day, 15th of August proudly marks India’s 78th Independence Day, honouring 77 proud years of freedom and liberty for our nation.

  • Is Independence Day a national holiday?

Yes, Independence Day in India is a national holiday. Government offices, private offices, banks, schools and colleges, and every other organisation in the country will have a holiday on August 15th.

  • What symbols are associated with Independence Day?
There are many symbols associated with India’s Independence Day. These include the national bird Peacock, the national animal Tiger, the National Anthem of India, the national flower Lotus, the national fruit Mango, the national flag of India, the national game Hockey, the national banyan tree, the national emblem, and the national river Ganga to name just a few!  
  • Are there any specific songs or music associated with Independence Day?

Yes, in 1950 the government of India declared ‘Vande Mataram’ as the national song of India, which is commonly sung on Independence Day [1].


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