Indian Embassy, consulates, and diaspora in U.S. celebrate India’s 75th Independence Day

Flag hoisting in Washington, D.C. Aug. 15, 2021, to celebrate India’s 75th Independence Day. (Photo: courtesy Embassy of India)

The 75th Independence Day of India was celebrated with gusto around the United States at Indian Consulates and by organizations in the diaspora. But, celebrations have not ended with the Aug. 15, 2021 events. According to a press release from the Embassy of India, a series of events will be held in the U.S. in coming months to celebrate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, marking seventy-five years of India’s independence

In Washington D. C. India’s Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu, unfurled the tricolour, which was followed by National Anthem.

India's Ambassador to the U.S. Taranjit Singh Sandhu speaking on India's 75th Independence Day celebrations in Washington, D.C. Photo: courtesy Embassy of India)In his remarks, the Ambassador underlined that it was an occasion to rededicate oneself to transforming the dreams and aspirations of 1.3 billion Indian people into reality. The Ambassador also highlighted Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, being celebrated to mark 75 years of India’s Independence. He noted that the India – US relations have come a long way; however, given the true potential of the relations, there is a lot more that could be done. He expressed keenness to connect the youth of both the countries, including through education and knowledge partnership. The message from the President of India was played during the event, followed by a cultural program. The celebrations were attended by representatives from the community in-person in accordance with health guidelines, while many Indians, members of Indian – American community and friends of India joined virtually.

While scores of people attended the in-person celebration of India’s 75th Independence Day at the India’s diplomatic premises in Washington, D.C. many participated live via the Internet. Photo: courtesy Embassy of India.

Flag hoisting ceremonies were also held in all the five Consulates of India in U.S. – New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston and San Francisco.

Events were held in iconic and historic locations including Times Square in New York, Gadar Memorial and City Halls in San Francisco and State Capitol Building in Providence, Rhode Island.

Several events including India Day parades, India festivals, lectures, Battery Dance etc. were organized across the U.S. by diverse community organizations as well as local administration to mark the occasion.

Special receptions are being held in Houston, Atlanta and Chicago, with participation of dignitaries from US.

Youth performed dances and sang patriotic songs at the Aug. 15, 2021 celebrations of India’s 75th Independence Day. Photo: courtesy Embassy of India

In honor of India’s 75th Independence Day, prominent buildings in the country, were illuminated with the tricolor, including the Empire State Building, New York, One World Trade Centre in Manhattan, the State Capitol Building in Providence, Rhode Island, Twin Towers in Dallas, Governor’s mansion in Austin, City Hall of San Francisco; and Gandhi Statue at King Center Atlanta.

Commemorative resolutions and proclamations were issued by various states. The New York State Assembly passed a Resolution commemorating India’s 75th Independence Day on 15 August and recognizing August 2021 as Indian American Heritage Month. Governor of Texas issued a Proclamation on the occasion.

Leaders from the U.S., including senior members of the Senate and House, State-level administrations and legislators and dignitaries from diverse fields such as business, arts, sports, science, etc. conveyed their greetings. Prominent members of Indo-American community including representatives of various socio-cultural organizations, members of the business community and others also expressed their felicitations, the Embassy press release said.

In the run up to the Independence Day celebrations, there was enthusiastic participation from U.S. in the Rashtragaan initiative, with Indians and friends of India joining actively, the Embassy said.






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