India’s Independence Day is one of the most important celebrations of the year – a day of patriotic fervour celebrated across the country, bringing together its diverse ethnic, religious and cultural groups. Flag-hoisting ceremonies, parades and cultural events are held in schools and offices. And people tune into their television sets to watch the iconic flag hoisting ceremony by the Prime Minister at the Red Fort.
When: August 15, 2019
What’s Special: The skies explode with colourful kites in many parts of the country. It is one of the most enduring images of India’s Independence Day and has a strong symbology. The tradition is believed to go back to the days when India was fighting for freedom and kites were used to write messages of protest. Today, kite flying is still a popular neighbourhood activity in many areas, drawing the community together in a national spirit.