On August 15th, 1947, India attained freedom from the British rule. Since then, we celebrate this day as our Independence Day.
Our independence came after a long and hard struggle. Many people had to make huge sacrifices to achieve it. Our national flag was unfurled from the ramparts of the Red Fort for the first time by our first prime minister, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. The practice is being followed to this day.
The day is celebrated throughout the country. In all the state capitals, the governor or the chief minister of the state unfurls the flag. But the main function is held at the Red Fort, in Delhi, where the prime minister of the country hoists the flag.
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It is a national holiday and all shops, offices, schools and colleges remain closed. The tricolour is also hoisted in many schools on this day. Some important person, or the school principal, addresses the gathering.
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