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Flag Hoisting Vs. Flag Unfurling

We honour the Indian national flag on Independence Day and Republic Day. But do you know there is a difference in the way it is honoured on these two occasions?

Flag hoisting: A flag is pulled up onto a mast and brought to the top with the help of a rope and pulley. 

Flag Unfurling: Opening a folded or rolled flag, especially into the wind. 

 

Indian Independence Day

Indian Republic Day

Date

15th August

26th February 

Ceremony

Flag Hoisting

Flag Unfurling

Location

Red Fort, New Delhi 

Rajpath, New Delhi

Flag Positions

At the beginning of the ceremony it is folded and tied. It is at the bottom on the flagpole. 

It is hoisted up and unfurled to mark the first time that the Indian flag was hoisted in 1947. 

The folded flag is already at the top of the flagpole when the ceremony begins. 

The folded flag is untied and unfurled. 

Person 

The Prime Minister of India conducts the flag hoisting ceremony. 

The President of India conducts the unfurling ceremony. 

Celebrated Since

Year: 1947

Year: 1950

Significance 

The flag is raised (hoisted) and then unfurled to mark the historic day of 15th August in 1947 when the Indian flag was honored for the first time.

India became an independent country on 15th August, 1947. 

The flag is unfurled from its hoisted position. This shows that India was already an independent country when it became a Republic in 1950. 

The Constitution of India came into effect from 26th January, 1950. 

 

 

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