When anyone mentions Independence Day, you’d be forgiven for thinking that they’re talking about the 4th of July – which is Independence Day in the United States. But at Orbitremit, we think that India’s Independence Day is equally as important – even if it doesn’t get the same media coverage in western territories.
India’s Independence Day is on the 15th of August 2017 – which marks its 70th anniversary.
Britain established their first outpost in India in 1619 and began to develop their influence in the region until around 1920 where Mohandas Gandhi assumed leadership of the Indian National Congress. He led nationwide campaigns for many social issues and for achieving self-rule or independence.
Independence Day signifies India’s independence from the British Empire in 1947 – where India became a dominion within the Commonwealth. There was still friction between Hindus and Muslims, which led the British to partition British India – creating a Hindu-majority India and a Muslim-majority Pakistan.
India’s Independence Day attracts lots of celebrations. The Prime Minister and President of India give speeches and there are many parades and flag hoistings. There are great celebrations of national heritage including music, literature, history and cuisine.
At OrbitRemit, we celebrate India every day with low price, easy transactions from NZD, AUD or GBP to Indian Rupees. If you’re thinking of sending some money home to India for the holidays, today is the day!