Indians across the nation commemorated India’s independence from British rule on August 15, 2020. However, with a slight twist. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, there is a restriction on social gatherings, therefore all states and government offices were asked to webcast their events and celebrations. Even the gathering at the Red Fort, where the flag is hoisted on every Independence Day was limited. In place of the precautions taken, there were no performances by the military bands.
Independence day signifies the struggles of the 200 years of slavery, how the rich heritage was looted by various colonizers, how we bounced back as a country with martyrs and sacrifices. The nation struggled to get through with unity, discrimination, social conflicts, and the emergence of activism and fights for rights.
As India celebrated its 74th Independence Day, this year the world joined. The Empire State Building in New York, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and the Niagara Falls in Canada were lit up with tricolor: the Indian national flag.
In the US, under the concept of a drive-thru festival, more than 800 cars drove into a first-of-its-kind Independence Day celebration in the suburbs of Washington DC to celebrate the occasion. In Canada, Niagara Falls was illuminated in colors of the Indian national flag and a video was shared by the Consulate General of India. On the other hand, the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa was also lit up with the tricolor to commemorate India’s 74th Independence Day. The official handle of the Burj Khalifa on twitter shared the video of the celebration. Meanwhile in New York, for the very first time, the Tricolour was unfurled with pride and patriotism alongside the US flag at Times Square.
This signifies the friendship between countries and celebrating each other’s freedom. This also signifies the relationships between countries and world leaders. Amidst the chaos and disruptions of the year, the independence day celebrations passed with a cloud of hope for unity and world peace.
Contributed by Anjeela content writer at Mitti Ke Rang
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