A fun Independence Day essay, the Independence Day speech in English, Independence Day Drawing are some of the ways to celebrate this 15th August with your kids and make them a truly a proud Indian. Read on!Tweet
My son is about that age now that he has started to feel like a miniature grown up. Barely a 6, he often wants to have a say in where we holiday, what’s cooked for dinner, why isn’t the maid given a bigger room to live in! He feels like a mini adult in his head now, I think.
So this year on, it is going to be about talking to him as equals. A new beginning, yet again! Saying, ‘Today is Independence day and hence it’s a holiday’ is not going to work anymore. He will have a thousand questions and more. He sure will want to understand at length, the meaning of Republic day, significance and worth of Independence day. Why is important enough to be declared as a holiday Nationwide. I am not that perfect mom ready with all the answers in that perfect child friendly vocabulary. I am more of a work in progress species on parenting!!
So with the festive season around the corner, I have to prepare myself for some of the questions that would be tossed my way. I have a bit of research and penned down a few Q&A on the Independence day for you too to read while I continue to read on Ganesh Chaturthi and forward.
This conversation may also help you prepare your child well for delivering a very easy to understand Independence Day essay, the Independence Day speech in Hindi or English or simply understanding the difference between Independence Day and Republic day.
Q: WHAT IS THE MEANING OF REPUBLIC MAMMA?
A: In a country that is a Republic, the supreme power is not held by a monarch, but by the elected Prime Minister and President.
Q: WHAT IS INDEPENDENCE DAY?
On Independence Day, in 1947, the British who had been ruling our country for 200 years had to end their rule and we became a free country once again. On 15 August 1947, chaha Nehru became the first prime minister of India.
Q: WHAT EXACTLY IS REPUBLIC DAY?
A: On this day in the year of 1950, our country was declared a Republic. This means our country was no more under the rule of some other country. Since then, every year 26th Jan is celebrated to enjoy and remember the historic independence of India from the British rule. Republic day is also our national festival and everyone has a holiday on this day.
The celebrations begin by hoisting the national flag and organizing a big event with special parade at the Rajpath in New Delhi.
Q: ARE THERE OTHER NATIONAL FESTIVALS TOO?
A: Gandhi Jayanti and Independence days are our two other national holidays.
Q: I DON’T QUITE UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INDEPENDENCE AND REPUBLIC DAYS. WHY DO WE HAVE 2 DAYS?
A: On August 15, 1947 our country won its independence from the British rule. However it took us 2 years to properly define the country of India and what rules the government must follow. Independence day is about the past and Republic day is about giving a glimpse of our bright future. Independence is about simplicity and happiness. Republic day is about honor and pride.
Q: WHY DO WE HAVE TO STAND IN ATTENTION DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM?
A: Singing the National Anthem gives us an opportunity to show our thankfulness for the sacrifices that have been made by so many people before us. Sacrifices that enable us to live in this free country. And we pledge to not let their sacrifices be in vain by staying in attention whiling singing the National Anthem.
Q: WHY DO WE HAVE TO RESPECT OUR COUNTRY MAMMA? ‘We already respect so many things like, you, papa, granny, books, God mamma’, he asks.
A: By showing respect to our country, we show appreciation for all the positive aspects of our culture and tradition. We show our thankfulness towards the opportunities that have been provided to us. For example, in our own country we can easily find a job, a home, basic facilities comparatively much easier that in a foreign country.
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Independence day movie – 16 Bollywood movies to watch with kids
My favourite movie to watch with kids is Lakshya as I find it very relatable, contemporary and a great way to put the concept of a free India in relevance. Especially for the current generation of kids who are forming their opinion about the world from the comforts of their luxurious homes. It’s a great watch!
- Mr India
- Chak De! India
- Mission Kashmir
- Uri : The surgical Strike
- Mangal Pandey: The rising
- Rang De Basanti
- Bhagat Singh
- Mother India
- A Wednesday
- 16 December
Inspire us with any more interesting movies you know of that are fun to watch this Independence Day . Drop in a line in the comments below.
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