India, Aug. 14 -- Indians mark Independence Day every year on August 15 with flag hoisting, patriotic songs and cultural programmes to commemorate its freedom from the British colonial rule.

This year, India will celebrate its 73rd Independence Day as Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation from the Red Fort.

Here are some facts about Independence Day:

1. The Indian Independence Act passed by the British parliament on July 5, 1947, was based upon the Mountbatten plan of June 3, 1947. The act mentioned the date of independence as August 15, 1947.

2. The date August 15 was also chosen by the last viceroy and first governor-general of India Lord Mountbatten as it was the same day in 1945 Japan surrendered to the Allied Force...