Republic day is a national holiday which is celebrated which is celebrated with great zeal and vigour throughout the nation. On this historical day, The Constitution of India had been formed and completely enforced under the chairmanship of Dr. Bheem Rao Ambedkar making India a sovereign, democratic and republic nation. This day is honoured with massive parades, cultural programs, recitation of patriotic poems and singing and playing of patriotic songs throughout. The main Republic Day parade takes place in capital city of India, New Delhi. The parade is telecasted live on the national television, allowing the entire nation to view it. Read on to know more…..
How Is Republic Day Celebrated
The Prime Minister arrives at India Gate and lays a floral wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti early in the morning to honour the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the nation. A two minute silence is observed in the memory of the brave martyrs . The Prime Minister continues to the main dais at Rajpath and joins the generals of the armed forces. The President joins the prime minister, the chief minister and other dignitaries there with the Chief Guest. The Chief Guest is usually the Head of State or Government from a foreign nation. The President hoists the flag and the National Anthem is played followed by a 21 gun salute.
The parade starts with the Armed Forces regiments marching past the president along the Rajpath. All the three regiments, i.e. the Army, the Navy and the Air Force march past the president in their ceremonial uniforms. The President of the country, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces, takes the salute as the regiment pass by. The parade also includes people from the armed forces and civilians who have shown exceptional courage and distinguished themselves in various acts of heroism in different situations. The armed forces parade is then followed with a colourful parade of tableaus of India’s diverse and vibrant cultures.
Cultural and folk dances also form the part of the parade where school children sing and dance to patriotic songs. The parade is concluded by jets and fighter aircraft flying past the parade symbolically saluting the President. Lastly, the crowd stands up as the National Anthem is played.
The Republic Day celebrations have not yet ended. It is, in fact, a three-day extravaganza, where on the 27th January, the best of the NCC cadets organize the Prime Minister’s rally, where they showcase various amazing feats and astounding performances
All the major government buildings are beautifully illuminated with lights every evening from 26th to 29th January. On the 29th January, The ‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony is conducted which consists of massed bands marching to the popular tunes. This is followed by The Drummer’s Call wherein the drummers give solo performances. Lastly, In the Bugle Call the band master walks up to the President requesting permission to retreat the bands. This marks the end of the closing ceremony of Republic Day. At 6 pm, the buglers sound the retreat and the National Flag is lowered, officially concluding the Republic Day celebrations.