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January is a sacred month with many festivals lined up and then, there is Republic Day

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REPUBLIC DAY (JAN 26)

As Independence Day is celebrated to mark the freedom of India from the British Rule, Republic Day in India is celebrated to commemorate the coming of its own constitution into force. Officially, it is celebrated every year in the national capital of India (New Delhi) at the Rajpath in the presence of the President of India. Celebrations, at smaller scale, also take place in the state capitals in the presence of the governor of the state. The day is celebrated throughout the country with great enthusiasm by the students and teachers in the educational institutions. Much effort is put in organising events and celebrations that take place on Rajpath. A huge military parade is held, with the representatives of the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force and traditional dance troupes taking part in it. The event starts with India’s Prime Minister laying a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate, to remember soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their country.

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The President takes the military salute during the parade in New Delhi while state governors take the military salutes in state capitals. A foreign head of state is the president’s chief guest on Republic Day. French President Francois Hollande will be the chief guest at this year’s Republic Day parade.

Venue: Rajpath, New Delhi, and all over the country

TRIVIA

  • This is the 67th Republic Day of India.
  • As the President unfurls the National Flag, he is given the 21 guns’ salute
  • On Republic Day, many bravery awards like Veer Chakra, Maha Veer Chakra, Param Veer Chakra, Kirti Chakra and Ashoka Chakra are awarded.
  • Republic Day is a three-day long celebration. The Beating Retreat is held at the end to mark the end of the celebrations.

 

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Republic Day over the Years

  1. Here’s looking at how the nation has been celebrating this special day
  2. People line up at Rajpath to watch India’s first Republic Day celebrations
  3. Indian soldiers display pyramid formation on bikes
  4. King Birendra Bir Bikran Shah Dev of Nepal as the Guest of Honour at the 50th Republic Day with President K.R. Narayanan and PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  5. India’s Constitution
  6. Railways’ tableau
  7. The US president Barack Obama with President Pranab Mukherjee and PM Narendra Modi during 2015 Republic Day

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