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Independence Day 2023

Celebrated on 15th of August every year, Independence Day marks the end of 190-year-long British rule in India. In 1947, India was declared as a free country on this day.

In 2023, India will complete 77 years as an independent nation.

Independence Day Information

English  Independence Day
Hindi  स्वतंत्रता दिवस
Observed by  India
Type  National
Significance  Independence Day of India
Celebrations  Flag hoisting, parade and kite flying
Date  15-Aug
Frequency  Annual
First Observed Year  1947
Type of holiday  Public holiday, National day

Independence Day History and Significance

Independence Day 2020 | Independence Day History and Significance

Independence Day 2023 | Independence Day History and Significance

In 1757, the East India Company defeated the last Nawab of Bengal in the Battle of Plassey, which marked the beginning of British rule in India. The Indian Rebellion or the First War of Independence took place in 1857 which was a major yet unsuccessful uprising against British rule.

In the year 1885, India’s first political party, Indian National Congress was formed. And after the conclusion of World War I in 1918, Indian activists called for self-rule or ‘Swaraj’.

In 1929, the Indian National Congress declared ‘Purna Swaraj’ or the Independence of India at an assembly in Lahore. Finally, after a series of sessions and meetings between the British government and the Indian National Congress, Lord Mountbatten who served as the last viceroy of pre-independent India, agreed to the proposal.

On 15th August in 1947, Lord Mountbatten partitioned British India into two new independent nations; India and Pakistan.

Independence Day Celebrations across India

Independence Day 2020 | Independence Day celebration

Independence Day 2023 | Independence Day celebration

On this day, the national flag of India is hoisted at multiple public places; Prime Minister unfurls the national flag at Red Fort in Delhi to commemorate this historical event. Along with the flag-hoisting ceremony, parade and folk-dance performances also take place. Multiple festivities take place in different parts of the nation.

Academic institutions including schools and colleges, host a special ceremony for enlightening the students about the historical significance of this day. Children fly tri-coloured kites for celebrating this occasion.

Places to Observe Independence Day Celebration in India

  • Delhi
  • Ahmedabad
  • Amritsar

Other Holidays in August 2023

Event / Festival Day / Date Holiday Type
Parsi New Year’s Day (Nauraz) Wed 16-Aug-2023 Public Holiday
Onam Thur 31-Aug-2023 Restricted Holiday
Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) Wed 30-Aug-2023 Restricted Holiday

Year-Wise Independence Day Observances

YEAR DAY DATE Event/Festival
2015 Sat 15-Aug Independence Day
2016 Mon 15-Aug Independence Day
2017 Tue 15-Aug Independence Day
2018 Wed 15-Aug Independence Day
2019 Thu 15-Aug Independence Day
2020 Sat 15-Aug Independence Day
2021 Sun 15-Aug Independence Day
2022 Mon 15-Aug Independence Day
2023 Tue 15-Aug Independence Day
2024 Thur 15-Aug Independence Day
2025 Fri 15-Aug Independence Day
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