The Republic Day is the occasion to celebrate the sovereignty of India. It was on this day that the Constitution was adopted. The event features a grade parade by the armed forces and performing artists, known as the Republic Day Parade.
Part of the splendour of 26 January celebrations is the display of the military might of the country. Latest weaponry such as tanks and missiles are showcased, adding to the patriotic fervour of the day.
The Border Security Force (BSF) on camelback. The BSF guards the borders of the country valiantly, keeping intruders away. In the desert (western) regions of the country, the camel is an indispensable transport.
Soldiers walk in unison as part of the Republic Day Parade. Extensive preparation goes into coordinating the movements of the unit, making sure the march looks majestic. It also symbolises the discipline of the armed forces.
Tanks getting ready to salute the President and the Republic Day guests. Tanks play an important role in ground warfare, clearing the field for the advance of troops. Arjun and T-90 are two of the main battle tanks of India.
The Republic Day Parade features a march and salute by different army regiments of the country. In the picture are shown the Gorkha Rifles, who comprise seven regiments and 39 battalions. The Gorkhas are known for their bravery.
The Republic Day is an occasion of pride for every citizen of the country. It reminds us of the rich culture and heritage we have, urging us to do our utmost to uplift the nation in all possible ways.
The Republic Day is celebrated in India on the 26 January. The day marks the sovereignty of the country, as in 1950 on this day the Constitution of India was adopted. The signature celebration of the event is the Republic Day Parade, which is held in the capital city.
India's Republic Day 2014 will receive the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, as the chief guest at the celebration.
Significance of Republic Day
The Republic Day is celebrated in India on 26 January every year as the day when India became a sovereign state in the true sense of the word. It was on 26 January 1950 that the Constitution of India was brought into force as the governing document of India, replacing the Government of India Act (1935).
26 January was honoured with this celebration as the declaration of Indian independence (Purna Swaraj) was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress on this day in the year 1930.
Republic Day Date and Timing
The Republic Day 2014 will be celebrated on 26 January, the Sunday. This day will be observed as a national holiday. All the public offices and schools will remain closed to celebrate the spirit of patriotism on this day.
Republic Day Celebrations
The entire nation comes alive with patriotic fervour on this day, but the principal celebration of the Republic Day takes place in the national capital, New Delhi from 9 a.m. and continues for about three hours. This historic occasion becomes a national festival with the involvement of people from all over the country. The day symbolizes the unity of the nation as it brings together people from different castes, creed, religions and regions to celebrate the day with the pride of being an Indian.
The celebration takes place at the Rajpath with great enthusiasm and pride, which can be experienced by any individual as the Republic Day Parade is a ticketed event. The tickets for the same can be bought a couple of weeks before the event.
Repulic Day celebrations across the country
Apart from the grand celebrations in the capital, the Republic Day is also celebrated in different parts of the country at different levels, such as capital cities, district headquarters, panchayats, schools as well as offices.
- In Mumbai, people may attend Republic Day Parade at Shivaj Park.
- In Bangalore, people may celebrate Republic Day at the Field Marshal Manekshaw Parade Ground, which holds a parade as well as cultural fair.
- In Kolkata, people may enjoy the Republic Day parade held along the Red Road.
- In Chennai, Republic Day celebrations take place at Marina Beach and Kamaraj Salai.
The Republic Day celebration ends officially with the Beating Retreat ceremony, which is held on the 29 January every year. The Indian Air Force, the India Navy, and the Indian Army at the Raisina Hill, New Delhi become a part of this ceremony in front of the President of India, who is the chief guest.
Republic Day Parade
The grandeur of the Republic Day of India is visible in the grand parade that is held along Rajpath, beginning from Raisina Hill near the Rashtrapati Bhavan and ending at India Gate.
The national flag is unfurled by the President of India, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces. This is succeeded by the cheerful tune of the National Anthem and a 21-gun salute.
The different regiments of Navy, Army and Air Force display their might along the Rajpath, saluting the President. The Armed Forces staff performs motorcycle rides whereas the staff of the Indian Air Force performs flying parade in fighter planes.
The rich and colourful culture of India is showcased in the parade of the Republic Day. Traditional as well as cultural performances are given by professionals belonging to different regions. School children in picturesque costumes also participate in the display of different aspects of the glorious history of the country on this big day.
The real heroes of the nation are honoured with the bravery awards and medals. National Awards are given to children for selfless sacrifice and bravery.
A row of IAF jets marks the end of the grand celebration, leaving behind a trail of coloured smoke. It bids goodbye to the gathered audience by lavishing rose petals on them.
Republic Day Wallpaper
Last Updated on : January 23, 2014