A celebration of freedom and liberty, India’s Independence Day is recognized on August 15th. Businesses and offices close for the day as activities take place to commemorate this special day. After many, long years, India was declared independence from British rule and colonialism on this day in 1947.

Many traditions take place in celebrating this holiday. Stores and houses are decorated with flags and entire cities are enveloped in orange, white, green, and blue. On August 15th, the memorial will begin when the prime minister raises the flag in the capital city New Delhi. As the flag is being raised, the national anthem will play as well as 21 gunshots will be fired, signifying the fight and remembering those who fought. The day will continue in celebration with parades and events like kite flying.

Though India has received freedom from the British, most of the people of India have not received freedom from sin. Sin entangles, brings bondage, and leads to death. But there is hope. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Jesus Christ is able to forgive sin and give eternal life! But sadly, this message is not being shared in India. Please pray that the people of India will find freedom in Christ and that more laborers will surrender to taking this message to them.