PHOTOS | 74th Independence Day: I-day celebrations around India amid coronavirus pandemic

India is celebrating its 74th Independence Day on August 15, 2020 to commemorate the day when it got its independence from the oppressive British Raj after over two centuries of imperial rule and colonization. Every year, Independence Day celebrations are kicked off by the Prime Minister’s address at the Red Fort, followed by parades, patriotic performances and flag hoisting ceremonies. However, this year on account of the coronavirus pandemic, the celebrations will mostly be televised, with minimal people attending social gatherings and all health and safety measures, ensuring social distancing, will be put into practice. Here is a look at some of the many ways in which Indians all over the country are celebrating Independence Day.

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Women wearing traditional dresses celebrating the Independence Day by unfurling the national flag on the eve of Independence Day in Rohtak on Friday. (Manoj Dhaka /HindustanTimes)

Women wearing traditional dresses celebrating the Independence Day by unfurling the national flag on the eve of Independence Day in Rohtak on Friday. (Manoj Dhaka /HindustanTimes)

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Illuminated view of India Gate on the eve of Independence Day at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi, India, on Friday, August 14, 2020. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Illuminated view of India Gate on the eve of Independence Day at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi, India, on Friday, August 14, 2020. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

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Raisina Hills illuminated on the eve of the 74th Independence Day at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi, India, on Friday, August 14, 2020. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Raisina Hills illuminated on the eve of the 74th Independence Day at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi, India, on Friday, August 14, 2020. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

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The Chatrapati Shivaji Railway terminus (CST) is seen lit up with India's national flag colours on the eve of the country's 74th Independence Day, which marks the end of British colonial rule, in Mumbai on August 14, 2020. (AFP)

The Chatrapati Shivaji Railway terminus (CST) is seen lit up with India's national flag colours on the eve of the country's 74th Independence Day, which marks the end of British colonial rule, in Mumbai on August 14, 2020. (AFP)

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Mantralaya lit up in tricolors on the eve of Independence Day in Mumbai, India, on Friday, August 14, 2020. (HT PHOTO)

Mantralaya lit up in tricolors on the eve of Independence Day in Mumbai, India, on Friday, August 14, 2020. (HT PHOTO)

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Tattoo artist Ketan Saidane tattoos a bust of Mahatma Gandhi on a man's shoulder to mark 74th Independence Day celebration at his studio in vashi in Navi Mumbai, India, on Friday, August 14, 2020. (HT PHOTO)

Tattoo artist Ketan Saidane tattoos a bust of Mahatma Gandhi on a man's shoulder to mark 74th Independence Day celebration at his studio in vashi in Navi Mumbai, India, on Friday, August 14, 2020. (HT PHOTO)

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New Delhi, India - Aug. 14, 2020: People seen celebrating with the Indian tri-colour on the eve of 74th Independence Day, near Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, on Friday, August 14, 2020. (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

New Delhi, India - Aug. 14, 2020: People seen celebrating with the Indian tri-colour on the eve of 74th Independence Day, near Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, on Friday, August 14, 2020. (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

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Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ashish Shelar hoisted the 100-feet tall national flag at the Bandra reclamation on the occasion of Indian Independence Day in Mumbai. (Satish Bate)

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ashish Shelar hoisted the 100-feet tall national flag at the Bandra reclamation on the occasion of Indian Independence Day in Mumbai. (Satish Bate)

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Soldiers wearing protective face masks attend the Independence Day celebrations at the historic Red Fort in Delhi, India, August 15, 2020. (REUTERS)

Soldiers wearing protective face masks attend the Independence Day celebrations at the historic Red Fort in Delhi, India, August 15, 2020. (REUTERS)

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Police personnel wearing protective face masks attend the Independence Day celebrations at the historic Red Fort in Delhi, India, August 15, 2020. (REUTERS)

Police personnel wearing protective face masks attend the Independence Day celebrations at the historic Red Fort in Delhi, India, August 15, 2020. (REUTERS)

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People dressed in the colors of the Indian national flag listens to Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort monument on Independence Day in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. (AP)

People dressed in the colors of the Indian national flag listens to Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort monument on Independence Day in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. (AP)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inspects the guard of honour during the 74th Independence Day celebrations, at Red Fort, in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, Aug 15, 2020. (Photo by DPR MOD)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inspects the guard of honour during the 74th Independence Day celebrations, at Red Fort, in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, Aug 15, 2020. (Photo by DPR MOD)

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi after addressing the nation on the occasion of 74th Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort, in New Delhi, Saturday, Aug 15, 2020. (PIB/PTI Photo)(PTI15-08-2020_000300B) (PTI)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi after addressing the nation on the occasion of 74th Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort, in New Delhi, Saturday, Aug 15, 2020. (PIB/PTI Photo)(PTI15-08-2020_000300B) (PTI)

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An overview of Red Fort during the 74th Independence Day celebrations, in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, Aug 15, 2020. (Photo by DPR MOD)

An overview of Red Fort during the 74th Independence Day celebrations, in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, Aug 15, 2020. (Photo by DPR MOD)

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurls the national flag during the 74th Independence Day celebrations, at Red Fort in New Delhi, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. (PTI)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurls the national flag during the 74th Independence Day celebrations, at Red Fort in New Delhi, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. (PTI)

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