Background on India's Independence DayIndependence Day, observed annually on 15 August, is a national holiday in India commemorating the nation's independence from British rule on 15 August 1947. India attained freedom following an independence movement noted for largely nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience led by the Indian National Congress. Independence coincided with the partition of India, in which the British Indian Empire was divided along religious lines into the Dominions of India and Pakistan; the partition was accompanied by violent riots and mass casualties.The flagship event in Independence Day celebrations takes place in Delhi, where the prime minister hoists the national flag at the Red Fort and delivers from its ramparts a speech. The holiday is observed throughout India with flag-hoisting ceremonies, parades and cultural events. Indians celebrate the day by displaying the national flag on their attire, accessories, homes and vehicles; by listening to patriotic songs, watching patriotic movies; and bonding with family and friends. Books and films feature the independence and partition in their narrative. Separatist and militant organisations have often carried out terrorist attacks on and around 15 August, and others have declared strikes and used black flags to boycott the celebration.Indian Independence Day is celebrated by ISSA every year to give an opportunity for our community to show their patriotism towards our country. Below is a video that expresses the pride the global Indian community has in the land, culture and independence of our motherland.
ISSA wanted to use this occasion to bring in the entire Indian Community in Tucson together to celebrate the richness of its culture and tradition. The support from the community was overwhelming and we thank each one of them for the success of the event. The theme of the event was Unity in Diversity where we wanted to unite all the surs and tals of India into one wholesome entity.
Thank you for the enitre Tucson Indian Community for joining ISSA on August 15th, 2015 at Proscenium Theater in Pima College Performing Arts Center for ISSA's Indian Independence Day Celebration!