Boston to Celebrate Indias 75th Independence Day
As India celebrates its 75th Independence anniversary, US cities are initiating programmes to mark the occasion by highlighting India-US relations and cultural diversity
According to reports, the 75th Independence anniversary of India will be celebrated in Boston, where 32 countries will participate and which will feature an aeroplane carrying a 220-foot US-India flag over the American city. The president of the Federation of Indian Associations, Mr. Abhishek Sigh, stated that this celebration will mark a historical record in India’s independence anniversary.
The governor of Massachusetts, Mr. Charlie Baker, announced the 75th India’s Independence Day as India Day, which will be celebrated at India Street in Boston on August 15 and the State House in Rhode Island on August 14. The two-day celebrations will include the hoisting of the US-India flag at Boston Harbor, the India-USA Freedom Gallery across India Street, and a light-up ceremony at the Rhode Island State House. It will also highlight the diversity of the country with a parade led by a big band of veterans and floats. Former Indian cricketer RP Singh has been invited as Grand Marshal of the parade. FIA New England is celebrating India's Independence under the banner of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, an Indian government’s initiative to commemorate Independence.
The event aims to recreate the stories and memories of the past to inspire future generations. Therefore, the celebrations will recall forgotten freedom fighters who are unknown to many people. It will revive the memories of unsung heroes who gave their lives in defence of the nation’s freedom. Mr. Abhishek Singh stated that it is important for younger generations to know about the various aspects of India’s heritage as India is becoming a prominent hub for innovation and knowledge. The significance of the India-US relationship will also be shared during the occasion in Boston.
The Indian government has initiated the Har Ghar Tiranga program, which calls for every central government official to hoist the tricolour at their homes and offices. The programme seeks about 200 million homes in the country and a billion people to fly the flag from August 13 to 15. The initiative aims at increasing the patriotic spirit in every citizen and has become a large part of the 75th Independence celebrations of India.