Recently, I was going to see one of my relatives. It was 14th August, a day prior to our Independence Day. There is a school on the way. The school is quite popular in the area and had a fair number of students. It had a big ground in the front and a dais was located in the center of the ground. It was around 3.30 p.m. and I saw the students standing in lines. There were a few students on the dais. Chairs were placed on the dais and the Principal, Head teacher, a Chief Guest and some more teachers were sitting on the chairs. I thought that some function was to take place and just out of interest, I stood at the entrance of the gate where many parents were waiting to take their children home. The Chief Guest stood up and all others stood up. He came to the Centre of the dais and started hoisting the National Flag. He then saluted the flag and went back to his seat. Some of the students then did the march past and some cultural programs like music and dance took place. The Chief Guest then gave a speech on the Independence Day of our country and about the freedom fighters. The function ended with distribution of sweets to the participants. The students then went home with their parents. This is the usual Independence Day celebrations which take place every year throughout the country. It is fine but I have some doubts. Well, my doubt is not on the Independence Day celebrations but on the day of the celebrations. When Government has declared a holiday for the Independence Day on 15th August, why this function is celebrated in some of the schools and some offices also on 14th August itself (and that day is Independence for our neighboring country, Pakistan) Not only Independence Day celebrations but some of the other functions like Ayudha Pooja etc., where Government has declared a holiday, the celebrations take place on the previous day or some days after completion of the function. Is it proper to do so? Is it due to the fact that though people want to get together and celebrate functions, they don’t want to come all the way on a holiday to their workplace? Any thoughts on this, please share.