How Will India Celebrate Independence Day This Year Amid Covid-19?

India is gearing up to celebrate its 74th Independence Day on 15th August 2020. Usually, we have a grand Independence Day celebration that includes huge public gatherings and various cultural programmes.

However, this year the whole world has been struck by the Coronavirus pandemic which has led to strict lockdowns and cancellation of many festivals, especially in India.

So, let us look at how India will celebrate Independence Day this year amid Covid-19.

Flag hoisting ceremony at Red Fort

One of the most awaited Independence Day celebrations takes place at Red Fort, Delhi. Here, the Prime Minister of India hoists our tricolour flag while the country’s armed forces take part in a grand parade.

This year, however, the Ministry of Defence has decided to take proper precautionary measures during the Independence Day celebration. All invitees have been asked to wear masks while hand sanitizers will be provided at various locations.

Only a limited number of people have been invited to take part in the Independence Day celebration. Also, there would be thermal screening at all entry points and all guests have been asked to follow social distancing guidelines.

Cultural programs and school celebrations

Schools and colleges usually organize various cultural programmes as part of their Independence Day celebration. As most schools and colleges have been conducting online classes, many of them have found innovative ways to celebrate India’s 74th Independence Day.

Many schools have planned virtual meetings where students and teachers can be a part of a unique Independence Day celebration. This will allow everyone to participate in these programmes and experience India’s Independence Day in a special way.

Appreciating the frontline workers

The Delhi Government will be holding a special Independence Day celebration at the Delhi Secretariat this year. A limited number of guests have been invited that include the few of the country’s “Corona Warriors”.

These warriors include a sanitation worker, an ambulance driver, a doctor, a nurse, a police officer and a plasma donor. These individuals have been invited as a mark of respect and admiration for their selfless work during this coronavirus pandemic.

Celebrations at home

Since everyone has been asked to avoid any kind of public gatherings, citizens have come up with different ideas for their Independence Day celebration.

Most of the people will be watching the live telecast of the flag hoisting ceremony at Red Fort. After which, people have decided to celebrate this Independence Day in a safe, virtual way.

From theme parties on social media to organizing various talent competitions for youngsters, people have come up with unique ways to be a part of India’s Independence Day celebration.

While everyone has been asked to follow strict social distancing measures, India’s 74th Independence Day will surely be celebrated by people all over the country in a safe, unique and special manner.