India won her freedom on the 15th of August, 1947 and became a Republic on the 25th of January, 1950. The new constitution of free India came into force with effect from this day.
It is a day of national rejoicing and a red letter day in our country. The day is celebrated with pomp and show, zeal and spirit, throughout the length and breadth of the country.
The day was celebrated in our school with great eclat. The school building was tastefully decorated with flower-pots, buntings, pictures of heroes of the freedom movement and national flags. We were beside ourselves with joy. A dais was raised. Loud speakers were fitted.
We reached the school at 9 A.M. We were all in Khaki uniforms and Gandhi caps. The programme began at 9-15 A.M. The worthy Headmaster unfurled the national flag amidst loud cheers. The N.C.C. cadets saluted the 'National Flag.'
Some selected boys sang the National Anthem. Then there were some very inspiring national songs sung in chorus. These were followed by stirring speeches by the students, teachers and some prominent citizens.
We were told that the country had won political freedom but it was yet to win economic freedom. For it we had all to toil and make every sacrifice that was demanded of us. The President made a neat, little speech which was very impressive.
Then the boys staged a one act play which was very much liked by one and all. The senior boys performed a Bhangra dance. It was the highlight of the programme.
In the afternoon we had games and sports. Prizes were distributed among the winners of different sports and games. Sweets were distributed among the boys.
At night, the whole school building was illuminated. Tricolours fluttered proudly on the school building. It was a sight to see.
It fact, it is a day of rejoicing and merry-making. May we continue celebrating this day forever!