NEW DELHI: Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Alphabet and Google, sent greetings to Indians on Monday in honour of the nation's 75th Independence Day with a Google Doodle.
"Happy IndependenceDay, India! We are celebrating 75 years with a special #GoogleDoodle celebrating family, community and the colourful kites that float in the skies every August 15," Sundar Pichai wrote on Twitter.
The Doodle, illustrated by the artist Neethi, a Kerala-based guest, celebrates India's 75th Independence Day by showcasing the age-old tradition of flying kites. "Kites are also an outlet for artistic expression- many of them include fashionable designs or even social messages," Neethi said.
The Doodle artwork depicts the culture surrounding kites- from the craft of creating bright, beautiful kites to the joyful experience of a community coming together. "One of our fondest memories, An age-old tradition of kite-flying, has been integral to the Indian Independence Day festivities," Neethi said in a statement. She said, "soaring kites" are a representation of "the vast heights we have achieved" as a country.
"I created kites that represented our national colours, a message of love, and a celebration of India's 75th year of independence. They soar higher than birds, skyscrapers, and, I'd like to think, the sun!" On August 15, 1947, India formally embraced democracy, putting an end to over 200 years of British rule.
The long struggle for freedom resulted in the birth of the largest democracy in the world. Heroic freedom warriors, like Mahatma Gandhi, led the country's independence movement through civil disobedience and non-violent protests.
The Indian national flag was first flown over the Red Fort in Delhi on August 15, 1947.
The biggest annual ceremony takes place at the Red Fort in Delhi, where the Prime Minister hoists the national flag in time to a 21-gun salute and saffron, white, and green colours. A patriotic procession honours personnel of the Indian armed forces and police following the Prime Minister's speech, which is broadcast on television.
Kite flying is another way that people celebrate their freedom. In the past, Indian rebels launched kites bearing slogans to denounce British rule. Since then, kite flying has gained popularity as both a recreational and competitive activity.