With 69th Independence Day and our 69% discount *wink wink* just a few hours away, we think it’s best to share some of the interesting facts most people don’t know about our Independence day.
Here are our top 9 facts:
- Ever wondered why 15th? Lord Mountbatten the last Viceroy and the first Governor General of India wanted to show that he was in command and decided the day India would gain independence. He chose the date August 15th as it was the second anniversary of Japan’s surrender to the Allied Forces.
- Missing person: The greatest irony of the 15th August 1947 celebration was that Mahatma Gandhi, one of the greatest architects of the Indian independence, did not participate in the celebrations. He kept fast for the entire day and was busy dousing the flames of communal violence in Bengal between the Muslims and the Hindus.
- Wondered why Pakistan celebrates independence on 14th when basically partition took place on single day? Lord Mountbatten as the last Viceroy of British India had to attend both the ceremonies in Karachi and New Delhi. To avoid a clash between the two, Pakistan’s independence day was celebrated on 14th August and thus every year Pakistan’s independence preceded that of India’s.
- The first time ever the national flag was hoisted was on 7th August, 1906 and the venue of the fateful event was at Parsee Bagan Square in Calcutta.
- The Republic of Congo, Bahrain and South Korea also celebrate the Independence Day on Aug. 15
- Another interesting fact about Indian Independence is that after independence, Portugal amended its constitution and declared Goa as a Portuguese state. Indian troops invaded Goa on December 19, 1961 and annexed it to India.
- India’s national anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’ was first sung on Dec. 1911 during the meeting of Indian National Congress party in Calcutta.
- At the time of independence, 10 gm of Gold was worth Rs.88 only.
- Aurobindo Ghose, a famous philosopher, yogi and guru also shares his birthdate with the Independence day.