Independence Day

Independence Day of India, 15th August

August is the month of tricolor! The Independence Day of India marks the dawn of a nation free from the British rule. For the first time, this tricolor flag is hoisted on August 15, 1947, at midnight, by freedom fighters just to celebrate the freedom. Freedom is always seen in association with glory and pride, it is actually a victory celebration for several brave women & men who fought for a long time to set their Indian land free from the British dictators.

Independence Day is a special day on which every Indian remembers salutes and pays tribute to the freedom fighters that put their lives in danger to set India free. This festival of national freedom unites and so, is celebrated with great pride all over the nation. To honor this day, private & public offices, educational institutes, and other establishments remain closed for the entire day. But, small gatherings are conducted by local communities and institutions to celebrate this freedom day with flag unfurling, sing patriot songs and pay respect to those freedom fighters that selflessly fought to set the country free.

On the occasion of Independence Day, Indian president addresses the nation and the PM unfurls the Indian flag at Red Fort in Delhi. Indian national anthem, “Jana Gana Mana” is sung. Twenty-one gunshots are fired on this solemn occasion. In his speech, the PM highlights the achievements of the last year, future plans, and raise important issues. In addition to this, he pays tribute to the freedom fighters who gave huge success to Indian independence movement. Post that, March past of Indian Armed forces and parliamentary forces is showcased to flaunt the country’s real strength. After that, parades and pageants display highlights of the independence movement several cultural performances and diverse cultural traditions of India. The same activities take place in the capital of each state where the chief minister of respective state unfurls the tricolor flag.

As we all know, Panaji is the capital of Goa. The preparations of Independence Day in Panaji are not less to any other capital state of India. In Goa, the main state level function is organized in front of the Old Secretariat, Panaji at 9:15 AM sharp where the active chief minister unfurls the national flag and addresses Goan on the occasion. Not only this, the CM of Goa presents awards to the people for their important contribution in their respective field. The president medals to brave police officers are also distributed.

Post this, the VIPs proceed to Patradevi to lay a wreath at the Martyr’s Memorial at 11:30 AM. Several activities take place at Taluka level. In fact, flag hoisting ceremony in each taluka takes place by its respective Collectors, Additional collectors, Mamlatdars and Deputy Collectors. Children and citizens take part in organizing Prabhat Pheries on this day under the supervision of Director of Sports & Youth Affairs. After this, marathon races and cycle races are also organized for children and citizens to make them enjoy the day.

The Directorate of Accounts building and the Raj Bhavan Dona Paula Old Secretariat building at Panaji and New Secretariat at Porvaorim are illuminated on 14th and 15th August night. On 15th August, Governor of Goa hosts a reception on the state level at Raj Bhavan at 5:15 PM.


2025 Festival Date: Friday, 15 August

2024 Festival Date: Thursday, 15 August

2023 Festival Date: Tuesday, 15 August

2022 Festival Date: Monday, 15 August

2021 Festival Date: Sunday, 15 August

2020 Festival Date: Saturday, 15 August

2019 Festival Date: Thursday, 15 August

2018 Festival Date: Wednesday, 15 August

2017 Festival Date: Tuesday, 15 August

Importance : Independence day of the India

Type : Indian National Festival

Frequency: Annual