National Festivals of India
The national festivals in any country are cherished as auspicious days. Republic Day, Independence Day and Gandhi Jayanti are celebrated as National festivals of India.
All the three National holidays are “independence” centric as they are connected to India’s freedom from British rule.
Every year, the Indian government celebrates the national holidays with complete preparations. If you visit India Gate or Red Fort on Independence Day, you will find parades, bike stunts and other interesting and engrossing activities by Indian Army. Also, you will be able to listen to the Prime Minister’s speech. This simple information might already be known to you and therefore, we will discuss even more relevant facts about our National Festivals in the following lines.
Republic Day is celebrated every year on 26th January. And we all know that the Indian constitution, which was drafted by Dr. B.R Ambedkar, came into effect on this day. A few interesting facts related to 26th January (Republic Day) are mentioned below.
- Republic day marks the day on which our constitution came into effect, replacing the Government of India Act (1935).
- Every year head of state of a country is invited to celebrate Republic day.
- President Sukarno of Indonesia was the first chief guest who attended the republic day celebration. Barack Obama was the first American president to become chief guest at the Independence Day.
- Indian constitution which was enforced on 26th January is the longest constitution in the world with 448 articles, 12 schedules and 98 amendments.
The British House of Commons passed the Indian Independence Act on 15th June 1947. India gained its independence on this day. A few facts related to 15th of August are given below.
- Jawaharlal Nehru became the first Prime Minister of India on August 15, 1947 and the national flag was raised above Lahori gate in Red Fort.
- Each year on this day Indian Prime Minister delivers a speech and raises the national flag.
- August 15 is also the Independence Day for South Korea.
Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated every year on 2nd October to mark the birthday of our Father of the Nation (Mahatma Gandhi). Everybody knows that Mahatma Gandhi played an important role in India’s Independence. We have mentioned 3 simple facts related to Gandhiji and Gandhi Jayanti below.
- Raghunath Raghav Rajaram is usually sung on Gandhiji’s birthday.
- 2nd October is celebrated as the International day of Non-Violence in honor of Mahatma Gandhi.
- Gandhiji was given the Person of the year award in 1930 by US’s TIME magazine.
In this article, we have mentioned simple and few facts related to Indian national festivals. Short and sweet information is always easy to grasp and remember!