Today is August 14, 2021, and we are just a day away to mark the 75th year of our independence. India, our beloved country, was freed from the clutches of British rule after 200 years on August 15, 1947. This day is not only a reminder of India’s freedom but also remind us of the sacrifices made to achieve this freedom. Indeed, it is a bitter-sweet victory, implying that the people who died didn’t die in vain. They dreamt of a free and independent country and today, we are privileged and lucky enough to live their dream.
India’s Independence Day is a historic celebration, signifying the valour, courage and bravery of our forefathers. It makes every Indian glow with honour and pride, appreciating the country’s rich history, culture, tradition and diversity. While many nations predicted the country to falter due to this diversity, India came out strong, proving to be an impeccable example of “Unity in Diversity”.
Independence Day is special for every Indian out there. It is celebrated with much pomp and glory with flag-hoisting ceremonies, I-Day functions, play enactments, feeding sweets to one another and of course, singing of the national anthem. These events are endowed with gratitude towards our freedom fighters, soldiers and leaders. They also remind people to not take their freedom for granted by highlighting the struggles and fights of our freedom fighters.
This year, however, the celebration is different. There are no flag-hoisting ceremonies or parades in schools. There are no large-scale functions across the country to commemorate the country’s independence due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But it doesn’t matter for the feeling of I-Day is entrenched in the heart of every Indian. It is said,
“You can take an Indian out of India, but you can never take India out of an Indian.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a large number of Indians lost their lives. The country is still on its path to recovery from the pandemic, with many people suffering from unemployment, poverty and personal loss. Therefore, today brings an important message with itself – as Indians, we are all in this together. Let us unite, become disciplined and responsible citizens to help the country recover from the pandemic. Let us take inspiration from our freedom fighters and dedicate our lives to the welfare and upliftment of our nation which nurtured and took care of us.
“Let’s keep the memories of all the people who sacrificed their lives for our country alive. Wishing you a Happy Independence Day 2021!”
“Today we cherish the ones who made our independence possible. Freedom is hard to get, but we were blessed to have it. Let’s appreciate everything we have and celebrate the great miracle of freedom. Happy Independence Day.”