Aazadi Ka Amrith Mahotsav & Har Ghar Tiranga are tag lines that every Indian has heard over the last few days. It is all over social media, as caller ring back tunes, in advertisements – basically EVERYWHERE!
The #HarGharTiranga campaign was initiated by the Government Of India as part of India’s 75th Independence Day Celebrations. The aim was to enable every Indian (whoever wanted to) to fly the Indian Tricolor (Tiranga) at their homes. As stated on the website “The idea behind the initiative is to invoke the feeling of patriotism in the hearts of the people and to promote awareness about the Indian National Flag”.
However, as in many situations, for a majority of us this initiative has become all about an Instagram post, a Tweet, a Selfie or a certificate. Don’t mistake me as sounding too jaded – I too have uploaded my humble effort on Social Media. However, the essence of this initiative seems to have been lost on many of us. If you wish to know what this was all about and want to learn more about the Indian National Flag, click here to visit the official Amrit Mahotsav website.
Many of us have bought the flag and have put it up in our homes with pride, displaying our patriotism. It is equally important that after its use, we fold it correctly and store it carefully without it getting damaged or soiled.
The flag has to be first held horizontally. Then the saffron & the green bands need to folded behind the white band with only a strip of each visible. After this, the ends have to be folded towards the middle so that only the Ashoka Chakra is visible. Then the folded flag is to be carried in the palm and stored.
If you are storing the flag at home, then make sure it is well protected from dust and damage & preferably kept separately. Do not store anything on top of the flag.
To know more about the Flag Code Of India, click here.