Purnia, Aug 15: Unlike the rest of the country, residents of this small north Bihar district town began their Independence days celebrations every year exactly one minute past midnight of August 14-15 by unfurling the National Flag at the city's main chowk.
Following the unchanged tradition of the past six decades, thousands of people from all walks of life gathered at the 'Jawahar Chawk' here well before midnight and started celebrating the 61nd Independende day in a befitting manner by unfurling the tricolour just one minute after midnight and singing the national anthem.
''In accordance with the first announcement of the charter of Indian independence at the midnight of August 14-15 in 1947, we all gather at the city's main chowk every year and unfurl the tricolour to celebrate the day from the night itself instead of morning as is done in rest of the country,'' said Naredra Yadav one of the oldest residents of the town.
Claiming that the tradition of unfurling the tricolour at one minute past midnight by a prominent citizen of Purnia, was continuing every year since independence, Mr Yadav echoing several others voice said whatever might happen people of Purnia would continue the ''tradition forever''.
Praising the youths for the 'enthusiasm' shown by them in celebrating the Independence day with due respect and solemnity, Mr Yadav recalled similar jest of celebrating the day during his youth in the post 1947 era.
Meanwhile, reports of Independence day celebrations by unfurling the national flag and holding other programmes like organising seminars, workshops and blood donation camps, were also coming in from all parts of the state, including the state capital.
In Patna, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar took a guard of honour and unfurled the tricolour at the famous Gandhi Maidan at an impressive state level function in presence of a huge gathering.