The 74th Indian Independence Day is just around the corner and the nation is gearing up to celebrate the day. Independence Day marks the day when India became free from British rule, and also a reminder of the countless sacrifices of our freedom fighters who fought to liberate the country. Also Read - This Twitter User Wrote An Obituary For Death Of Media & Confused by The Wordplay, A Newspaper Actually Published It!
The day is celebrated every year on August 15 with much pomp and fervour and the Prime Minister unfurls the ‘tiranga’ or the tricolour on the Red Fort. However this year, festivities will be a subdued affair in the wake of coronavirus. Also Read - 163 Million Watched Ayodhya Ram Temple Event While Sushant Singh's Death the Most Watched Subject on TV News, Says BARC
The National Flag of India is the pride of all the citizens of the country and represents our hopes and aspirations. The late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru called it “a flag not only of freedom for ourselves but a symbol of freedom to all people.” Also Read - 'Freedom is a Precious Commodity': French Minister Defends Topless Sunbathing After 3 Women Were Asked to Cover Up
Here are some interesting facts about the Tiranga:
1. Indian National Flag was designed by Pingali Venkayya who was a freedom fighter from Andhra Pradesh
2. The Indian flag was adopted on July 22, 1947, just before India received independence from Britain on August 15, 1947
3. The first Indian flag was hoisted on August 7, 1906, at Parsi Bagan Square in Calcutta. It consisted of three horizontal stripes of green, yellow and red.
4. The saffron colour represents courage and sacrifice while white colour represents truth, peace and purity. Green colour of the flag denotes prosperity while the Ashok Chakra represents the Laws of Dharma (righteousness)
5.The middle white stripe in the national flag carries the design of an Ashoka Chakra in navy blue colour with 24 equally spaced spokes
6 The National Flag of India, by law, is to be made of khadi, a special type of hand-spun cloth of cotton or silk made popular by Mahatma Gandhi.
7. The right to manufacture the flag is held by the Khadi Development and Village Industries Commission, who in turn allocates it to the regional groups.
8 Tenzing Norgay hoisted the Indian national flag on Mount Everest for the first time on 29 May 1953.
9. Before 2002, normal citizens of India were not allowed to hoist the National Flag except on Independence Day and Republic Day. In 2002, Supreme Court of India amended the flag code and gave rights to all citizens to hoist the flag any time as per the flag code.
10. As per the flag code, the flag must be hoisted in the day time and there should be no flag or any other symbolic representation above it.