NATIONAL FESTIVALS OF INDIA
National festivals are the festivals that are celebrated by the entire nation. There are three national festivals in India.
- Independence day
- Republic day
- Gandhi Jayanti
Independence Day is celebrated on August 1 every year. Our country became free from British rule on this day, in the year 1947. The main function of Independence Day is held at the red fort in Delhi. The prime minister of our country hoists the national flag. He /she address the nation after flag hoisting. We pay homage to all our freedom fighters. Functions are also held all over the country.
Republic day is celebrated on January 26 every year. The Indian constitution came into force on this day in the year 1950. Every year, on republic day the president of India hoists the national flag at the Rajpath in New Delhi. The main function of republic day is held between the India gate and Vijay chowk in New Delhi. A big and colorful parade is taken out in which the police, the armed forces school children and the folk dancers take part. The president of India takes the salute at the parade. A direct telecast of the Independence Day and republic day ceremonies is done. The entire nation watches the telecast with a feeling of patriotism.
Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated on October 2nd to mark the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi was born on this day in the year 1869. Gandhi led the people of India to get freedom. This is why he is called the father of the nation. A special prayer meeting is held in New Delhi at the raj ghat, the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi. The Prime Minister Ministers and other special guests along with the common public take part in this function.
Apart from this India celebrates the hundreds of colorful religious festivals.