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India’s Independence Day Puzzle 2023: Is It The 76th Or 77th?

Independence Day is more than just a day on the calendar; it is a symphony of recollection, a homage to the sacrifice, and a celebration of unity as the tricolor flag flutters in the wind and the echoes of the national anthem resound through the air.

Independence Day 2023 - Is It 76th or 77th
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Independence Day is more than just a day on the calendar; it is a symphony of recollection, a homage to the sacrifice, and a celebration of unity as the tricolor flag flutters in the wind and the echoes of the national anthem resound through the air. On this day, many of our nation’s most recognizable landmarks and historical sites are lit up in the colors of the Indian flag.

On August 15, India celebrates its independence from the British, a day that turns the country into a colorful canvas for displays of national pride, tenacity, and patriotism. In 1947, on this day, the country officially broke away from the British Raj after 200 years of colonial rule. This monumental event symbolizes the nation’s long and difficult journey from colonial subjugation to full independence.

Amidst all of the celebrations, however, there is some uncertainty as to whether India will be marking its 76th or 77th Independence Day. Let us clear the air about the number and put this case to rest once and for all.

Independence Day 2023: Is India Marking Its 76th Or 77th Year?

Independence Day 2023 Is India Marking Its 76th Or 77th Year
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After nearly 200 years of rule, the British Raj (also known as British Colonial Rule) ended on August 15, 1947. The 15th of August has been celebrated as India’s independence day ever since that historic event. India celebrated its first anniversary of independence from Britain on August 15, 1948. Therefore, the year 2023 will be the 76th anniversary of independence.

On the other hand, if we go by the official date of independence (15 August 1947), then 1947 will always be considered the first year of Indian independence and the first Independence Day. This year marks the 76th anniversary of India’s independence from the British.

To summarize, India would be finishing its 76th year of independence and beginning its 77th. The theme for this year’s Independence Day celebration is “Nation First, Always First,” as part of the wider “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” celebration. The government has decided to implement several programs this year as part of its effort to celebrate the country’s diverse cultural backgrounds.

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Jawaharlal Nehru’s Rousing Speech Before Independence

Then PM Jawaharlal Nehru gave a rousing speech before India gained its Independence
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As India commemorates its 76th anniversary of independence, it is fitting to think back on the day when India’s first prime minister, Jawarhal Nehru, gave the rousing speech “Tryst With Destiny” in the hours before India gained its independence. 

Jawaharlal Nehru gave the speech in the Parliament Building to the Indian Constituent Assembly. The speech detailed not only the highs and lows that India had experienced but also the future that Nehru had envisioned as one of “incessant striving” to realize India’s potential.


Indian National Flag Rising High On Red Fort
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Before Independence Day’s main event, the Red Fort serves as a focal point for festivities. The Red Fort, also known as “Lal Qila,” stands as a testament and insignia of India’s fight for sovereignty, validity, and rectitude. As a symbol of strength and upheaval, its historical significance extends far beyond simply bearing witness to countless battles and sacrifices. The history of India’s fight for independence has been chronicled in this remarkable structure.

Independence Day is more than just a national holiday. It is a symbol of India’s fortitude and solidarity in the face of adversity. The President and Prime Minister participate in a grand flag-hoisting ceremony that serves as the centerpiece of the annual celebrations. The event is a testament to the cultural diversity of India, as a number of states and regions showcase their distinctive customs through a variety of vibrant parades, performances, and exhibitions.

Watch the glorious moment when, “at the stroke of the midnight hour,” India welcomed freedom with open arms:

Source: News18

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