Every year Republic Day is celebrated in India on 26th January with grandeur. Magnificent parades at Janpath, New Delhi, comprising the Indian National Army and national flag hoisting in various parts of the country are common practices followed on this day. In the year 2020, it will mark India’s 71st Republic Day.
Why the Republic day is celebrated?
On this, we got independence from the British rule and the new constitution was drafted by the drafting committee helmed by Dr.BR Ambedkar. The Indian Constitution came into effect on 26 January 1950, which affirmed India’s existence as an independent republic. January 26th was chosen as the date because on this day in 1930, the Indian National Congress proclaimed Purna Swaraj, the declaration of India’s independence from the colonial rule.
How the Republic Day is being celebrated?
Republic Day is celebrated all over India with great pride and zeal. It’s a day to honor the Constitution of Independent India. National flag hoisting happens in schools and colleges are common. Cultural events championing India’s struggle for freedom is held nationwide. In New Delhi, the national flag is hoisted by the President of India at India Gate.
The grandest of parades take place at Rajpath, New Delhi. The parade is presided over by the Indian President and is organized by the Ministry of Defence. Other than showcasing its military prowess, the event also champions India’s diverse culture.
The event also pays homage to the martyrs who have sacrificed their lives for the country. The Prime Minister of India honors the martyrs by putting a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate. It’s followed by a 21-gun salute, national flag hoisting, and national anthem. Awards are presented to the brave soldiers in the form of Paramvir Chakra, Ashok Chakra, and Vir Chakra. Even children and general citizens who have displayed courage in times of adversity are conferred with awards.
The winners of gallantry awards salute the President in military jeeps. This is followed by India’s display of its military power. March-past by the armed forces, police, and National Cadet Corps also happens with the President of India accepting the salute from different regiments. The parade concludes when the Indian Air Force fighter jets fly-past Janpath.
The celebration takes place all over the country, however, Delhi is the capital of India, witnesses the grandest of Republic Day celebrations.