Republic Day – 26 January

Republic Day - 26 January
Republic Day

Republic Day is celebrated all over India, including all states and union territory. However, the grandest celebration is observed in Delhi, the capital of India.This Day honors the date on which he Constitution of India came into force on 26 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India.

Republic Day – 26 January

Republic Day
Republic Day

India became independent of the United Kingdom on August 15, 1947. India did not have a permanent constitution at this time. The drafting committee presented the constitution’s first draft to the national assembly on 4 November 1947. The national assembly signed the final English and Hindi language versions of the constitution on  24January 1950. Republic Day – 26 January

India’s constitution came into effect on Republic Day, January 26, 1950. . 26 January was selected for this purpose because it was this day in 1930 when the Declaration of Indian Independence (Purna Swaraj) was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress. Republic Day – 26 January

The constitution gave India’s citizens the power to govern themselves by choosing their own government. Dr Rajendra Prasad took oath as India’s first president at the Durbar Hall in the Government House, followed by a residential drive along a route to the Irwin Stadium, where he unfurled India’s national flag. Ever since the historic day, 26 January  is celebrated with festivities and patriotic fervor across India. Republic Day – 26 January

Republic Day - 26 January
Republic Day Parade

The main Republic Day celebration is held in the national capital, New Delhi, at the Rajpath before the President of India. On this day, ceremonious parades take place at the Rajpath, which are performed as a tribute to India. Prior to its commencement, the Prime Minister lays a floral wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, a memorial to unknown soldiers at the India Gate at one end of Rajpath, which is followed by two minutes silence in the memory of unknown soldiers. It is a solemn reminder of the sacrifice of the martyrs who died for the country in the freedom movement and the succeeding wars for the defence of sovereignty of their country. Thereafter he/she reaches the main dais at Rajpath to join other dignitaries, subsequently the President arrives along with the chief guest of the occasion. They are escorted on horseback by the President’s Bodyguard. Republic Day – 26 January

Bravery Awards and medals are given to the people from the armed forces and also to civilians. Children from various school also participate in the parade by dancing and singing patriotic songs. Helicopters from the armed forces then fly past the parade area showering rose petals on the audience. Armed Forces personnel also showcase motorcycle rides. The parade concludes with a fly past by the Indian Air Force, which involves fighter planes of flying past the dais, symbolically saluting the president. These leave trails of smoke in the colors of the Indian flag.

It is really a great parade to see because of the colourful marching of the soldiers and the beautifully decorated thematic tableaus. The republic day reminds us of those duties, like paying homage to our country and her symbols like the national flag and the national anthem. Republic Day – 26 January

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