15th August 1947, the day of our independence! We were given complete freedom for this land and nation. A seat of equality and self respect was given to us. We were offered membership and voice among free nations of the world.
People celebrate the day with a lot of enthusiasm. They decorate buildings, houses and streets. Tricolor flags are unfurled along the roads and on the buildings. School children take part in the celebration more vigorously. They prepare for to welcome the area leaders who come and unfurl the national flag on the centre point. This is followed by the singing of National Anthem by entire group and teachers. Slogans are raised and the function ends with a speech by the chief guest. Sweets are distributed and the function closes with announcement and notifications.
Last year, I joined a function in my colony. The president and the secretary invited Prof. V. K. Malhotra as chief guest of the function. He came with his wife and brother at 6 a.m. He met the invited gentry and mixed with them. He was, then, conducted to the central dais, where the flag pole was fixed. The flag was hoisted and a shower of rose petals fell from the flag. The cool breeze of morning swing the flag on the top of the pole. Prof. Malhotra was later on conducted to the stage, where the colony children sang National Song and National Anthem. Some of the dances were presented by the local dance school. Then a few speeches were made by the president and the secretary of the colony. They emphasized for the co-operation of the residents for improved maintenance of the society.
President informed about the programmes to be followed in the coming year. He assured to look into the grievances of the residents and his efforts in evolving a solution. The secretary of the colony announced special prizes for the best performance in singing, dancing and social work by the children. Certificates were also distributed to the participants and the people were very happy about the programming.
Guests and invitees were later on taken to a house for a cup of tea. The function ended with prayers and good wishes for the coming year. Independence day has, actually, been adopted as a national festival in India. Some of the people also hoist National Flag on their houses. They pray for the happiness and prosperity of the Nation. People also remember the masses, who sacrificed their lives for achieving independence. They also expressed their gratitude to our defence soldiers. Who guard the border of the country and protect the motherland from enemy.
Celebration of the festival develops National Spirit in the people. It also reminds us the hardships faced by those who struggled to gain freedom for the motherland.