Google flashed a doodle on its search page on Monday to commemorate India’s 75th Independence Day. The Doodle, created by Kerala-based guest artist Neethi, depicts India celebrating its 75th anniversary of independence on August 15 with soaring kites, signifying the country’s accomplishments.
India’s 75th Independence Day is commemorated in today’s Doodle, which was created by guest artist Neethi, who is from Kerala. According to Google, “on this day in 1947, India officially became a democratic republic, ending nearly two centuries of British control.”
The long battle for independence resulted in the formation of the world’s largest democracy. Mahatma Gandhi and other heroic freedom fighters spearheaded the country’s independence campaign via civil disobedience and peaceful demonstrations. The Indian national flag was hoisted for the first time at the Red Fort in Delhi on August 15, 1947.
The Red Fort in Delhi hosts the largest yearly ceremony, with the Prime Minister raising the saffron, white, and green national flag in time with a 21-gun salute. Following the Prime Minister’s broadcast speech, a patriotic procession celebrates the personnel of India’s armed forces and police.
People often fly kites, a long-standing symbol of freedom. To oppose British rule, Indian revolutionaries used to fly kites with slogans. Kite flying, both recreational and competitive, has since become one of the most popular Independence Day traditions. Indians also observe the day by spending time with family and friends and conducting cultural events in their communities and schools.
Artist Neethi shared his thoughts on the Doodle, saying, “One of our favorite memories, the age-old custom of kite-flying has been crucial to the Indian Independence Day festivities.”
As a form of protest, freedom fighters wrote anti-colonial messages on kites and flew them in the skies.
Neethi said “A Kites are also a form of creative expression, with many carrying contemporary themes or even social messages. I created kites that symbolize our national colors, a message of love, and the 75th anniversary of Indian independence. They fly as high as buildings, birds, and, dare I say, the sun!”
The long battle for independence resulted in the formation of the world’s largest democracy. Mahatma Gandhi and other heroic freedom fighters spearheaded the country’s independence campaign via civil disobedience and peaceful demonstrations.