The Republic of India Turns 70!
26th January in India calls for a grand celebration. After Independence Day, this is the day to honor the declaration of India as an independent republic. Republic Day, as we know it, commemorates the day of 26th January, 1950 when the Constitution of India came into full effect. The long struggle for independence got its due on this day which is why it is a big event. Indian around the world gather to rejoice together and pay homage to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the fight for freedom.
This is How Republic Day is Celebrated in India!
The grand celebration of Republic Day is organized at Rajpath, New Delhi. The President of India presides the whole event that displays the multi-cultural ethnicity and valor of the Armed Forces of India. Every year, a Head of State or Government from another country is invited as chief guest to this celebration. The 70th Republic Day will see South African President Cyril Ramaphosa joining the Prime Minister at the event.
The event starts when the Prime Minister of India commemorates soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the struggle of freedom. A 21 gun salute followed by flag hoisting and the National Anthem marks the significance of the day. Gallantry awards like Ashok Chakra, Shaurya Chakra, Paramvir Chakra are given away to the deserving civilians and army personnel. After that the Republic Day Parade starts which is organized by the Ministry of Defence. This parade starts at the gates of Rashtrapathi Bhawan, the President’s residence, towards Raisina Hill passing the India Gate saluting the President – who is the Commander-in-Chief – who salutes back in response. The various military and civil forces of India participate in this grand parade. Later on, school children and adults present a peek into the various ethnicities residing in India. It is a sight to behold as those moving chariots display all that is unique and admired about Indian culture. The troupes dancing enthusiastically to patriotic songs exhibit a one of a kind kaleidoscope of the rich heritage of the country. The energy can be seen in the participants and the on looking crowds.
This 4 day-long celebration is brought to an end on January 29th at Vijay Chowk. This day is marked by the Beating Retreat Ceremony where the Armed Forces of India present their massed bands. The Army personnel showcase a parade on bikes while Air Force men fly over the skies releasing colors of the National Flag. The various tricks and stunts displayed by these regiments fill the crowds with patriotism and wonder.
While this is just the national celebration that is telecast around the country, there are various events that take place in schools, offices and homes. Countrymen around the world hoist the National Flag on their rooftops, children celebrate the day in schools honoring the martyrdom of our soldiers and civilians commemorate the day by going out on bike and jeep rides. It is celebration of freedom and valor that is unmatched.