Armed Forces Flag Day | Flag Day India

Armed Forces Flag Day | Flag Day India

Armed Forces Flag Day or Flag Day of India is observed on 7 December in India. It is the day to honor the army of our country, soldiers, sailors, and airmen of India who have valiantly fought on our borders and protected our nation with their valor and sacrifice.

The celebration of Armed Forces Flag Day started on 7 December 1949. Armed Forces Flag Day is observed every year since 1949 on 7 December. The Defense Committee of the Union Cabinet had decided to celebrate Armed Forces Flag Day on 7 December for the welfare of war veterans and their families. The armed forces flag day derives its inspiration from Armistice Day on the 11th of November held in commemoration of the first world war.

During doing their duty towards their nation many laid their lives and left behind their widows and children, many have got wounded. The trauma that these families suffer needs our support and care. Caring for those soldiers and their families is the responsibility of a nation.

Flag Day brings to the forefront our obligation of looking after our disabled comrades-in-arms, widows, and dependents of those who have sacrificed their lives for the country. We remember that personnel of the Army, Navy, and Air Force on Armed Forces Flag Day, and we should contribute generously to the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund.

On this day money is collected from the people of India for the personnel of the Armed Forces, this money is used for the welfare of the families of the soldiers. The flag of red, deep blue, and light colors, representing the three Services are distributed among the public throughout the country. Anyone can deposit funds individually in this fund. The donated amount is exempt from income tax.

The basic idea behind this day was to give the Indian flag to the people and in return people voluntarily donated for the welfare of the Indian Army.

This fund is originally intended for 3 purposes:

  • Rehabilitation of battle casualties.
  • The welfare of serving personnel and their families.
  • Welfare and resettlement of ex-servicemen and their families.

Armed Flag Day is a day to show civil solidarity to the brave soldiers and their families, it is the duty of every citizen of India.

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On the occasion of Flag day of India, we are sharing rules and regulations laid on how to hoist the India flag. Very few people will be aware of these rules and guidelines laid to host the Indian flag during national, cultural, and sporting events.

Rules for Hoisting flag of India

  1. The tricolor can always be hoisted between sunrise to sunset.

  2. The tricolor is never tilted, nor is it placed on the ground. Only after the order can the flag be flown halfway on government buildings.

  3. The flag can never be immersed in water, the flag is not damaged in any way. In addition to burning, damaging any part of the flag, verbally or literally insulting it, there can be up to three years in jail or fine, or both.

  4. The shape of the flag should be rectangular. Its length and width ratio should be 3:2.

  5. The tricolor should always be of cotton, silk, or khadi.

  6. Hoisting the tricolor by turning the saffron color downwards is wrong.

  7. The tricolor should always be hoisted at the highest place near it.

  8. The National Flag is not used in any event to cover the table or decorate the stage.

  9. A tricolor is never hoisted or torn. If the flag bursts, if it becomes dirty, it should be burnt in a fire in solitude or destroyed in some other way, so that its dignity remains. The flag can also be given water samadhi in the holy river.

  10. Wearing tricolor clothes is wrong. Using the tricolor by making undergarments, handkerchiefs or cushions, etc. is an insult to the tricolor.

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Simmi Kamboj is the Founder and Administrator of Ritiriwaz, your one-stop guide to Indian Culture and Tradition. She had a passion for writing about India's lifestyle, culture, tradition, travel, and is trying to cover all Indian Cultural aspects of Daily Life.