On the occasion of India's 74th Independence Day, Indian flags were unfurled across the world and virtual ceremonies held on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the National Flag at the ramparts of the Red Fort and paid respects to the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, at Rajghat.
"India has always believed that the entire world is one family. While we focus on economic growth and development, humanity must retain a central role in this process and our journey," Modi said during his I-Day address.
President Ramnath Kovind, in his address to the nation on the eve of Independence Day, lauded the government and medical workers' efforts in "anticipating the tremendous challenge, responding effectively and well in time" to the coronavirus pandemic, which was the main focus of his speech.
Indian celebrities, politicians and sports stars took to social media to share messages of pride and remember historic moments in the country’s fight for independence, while various missions and embassies around the world held ceremonies to mark the historic anniversary. For the first time ever, the tricolour was hoisted at New York's Times Square on the occasion.
Here are some scenes of India's Independence Day celebrations around the globe.
Shown below are some of the social media posts today.
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