Republic Day of India (26 January)

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  • The spectacular march past by the armed forces
  • The well coordinated Indian navy
  • Indian border security force on camel-back
  • Nation heroes leading the sturdy Indian army tanks
  • Displaying the nation military prowess

All you need to know about Republic day of India

Republic Day is celebrated in India on 26th January every year. The day marks the sovereignty of the country, as on this day in 1950, the Constitution of India was adopted. The signature celebration of the event is the Republic Day Parade, which is held in the capital city, New Delhi.

What is the significance of Republic Day in India?

Republic Day is celebrated as the day when India became a sovereign, secular and democratic republic. It was on 26 January 1950 that the Constitution of India was brought into force as the governing document of India that replaced the Government of India Act 1935.

The day is also significant as the declaration of Indian independence (Purna Swaraj) was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress on 26 January 1930. It was on this day in the year 1965 that Hindi was declared as the official language of the country.

What are the Date and Timings for Republic Day celebrations 2018?

Republic Day 2018 will be celebrated on 26 January. This day will be observed as a national holiday. All the national, state and local government offices, banks, post offices, schools, stores and other organizations will remain closed to celebrate the spirit of patriotism on this day. Public Transport will remain unaffected but the traffic will get disrupted due to Republic Day parades. Increased security can be seen in multiple areas within New Delhi on the Republic Day of India.

What is the cost of the tickets of Republic Day Parade and where to buy them?

Since Republic Day Parade is a ticketed event, you can buy your tickets that go on sale, a couple of weeks before the event is held. A few official departmental counters which can be accessed for purchasing the tickets include the following:
  • Red Fort, Purani Delhi Palace
  • Pragati Maidan at Bhairon Road Gate No.1
  • Jantar Mantar, Main Gate Entrance
  • India Gate, Jamnagar House Building
  • Government of India - Tourist Office at Connaught Place in New Delhi
  • Parliament House at the Reception Office Gate

The reserved tickets cost Rupees 500, and the unreserved seats cost Rupees 200, 100 and 50, respectively. Tickets are distributed on the first-come-first-serve basis.

How is Republic Day celebrated in the country capital - New Delhi?

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 symbolises 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.

How is Republic Day celebrated across the country?

Apart from the grand celebrations in the capital, Republic Day is also celebrated in different parts of the country at different levels, such as in cities, district headquarters, panchayats, schools, and offices.
  • In Mumbai, people attend Republic Day Parade at Shivaji Park in Central Mumbai.
  • In Bangalore, people celebrate Republic Day at the Field Marshal Manekshaw Parade Ground, which holds a parade and cultural fair.
  • In Kolkata, people witness the Republic Day parade which is held along the Red Road near the Maidan.
  • In Chennai, Republic Day celebrations take place at Marina Beach and Kamaraj Salai.

All about 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 (President’s Palace) and moving on to Rajpath past India Gate and proceeding to the Red Fort.

  • The occasion witnesses the presence of the President, the Prime Minister and several other high-ranking officials of the country. The parade starts with the arrival of the President of India, who is escorted by a group of bodyguards on horses.

  • Next, the Prime Minister of India offers wreaths at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at the India Gate in memory of the martyrs of the Indian army. 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. Led by three different divisions of the armed forces viz: Navy, Army, and Air Force; the Republic Day Parade has all of them displaying their strength along the Rajpath and 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 parade also demonstrates the valour of the twelve contingents of various para-military forces of India. The Border Security Force contingent, which takes part is this parade, is mounted on camels, which is the only camel-mounted military force in the world. NCC cadets from all over the country also participate in this parade

  • 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 showering rose petals on them.

All about Beating the Retreat Ceremony

The Republic Day celebration ends officially with the Beating the Retreat ceremony, which is held on 29 January every year. The event symbolizes the closing of Republic day celebrations. It features remarkable performances by the bands of three wings- the Indian Air Force, the India Navy, and the Indian Army. It is held at the Raisina Hill, New Delhi. Tickets for Beating the Retreat Ceremony are available at the same outlets as the Republic Day Parade.

Who are all invited as Chief Guests for Republic Day parade 2018?

Well, every year an important official from a foreign country is invited to the Republic Day celebrations, but this year 10 guests from different countries will be there to grace the function by their presence. All the guest nations are the members of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Given below is the list of Chief Guests for the year 2018

  • Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah - Brunei
  • Prime Minister Hun Sen - Cambodia
  • President Joko Widodo - Indonesia
  • Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith- Laos
  • Prime Minister Najib Rakaz - Malaysia
  • President Htin Kyaw - Myanmar
  • President Rodrigo Roa Duterte - Philippines
  • President Halimah Yacob - Singapore
  • Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha – Thailand
  • Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc – Vietnam

Some facts about Republic Day celebrations in India

  • Republic day is celebrated every year to mark the sovereignty of India. On this day, the constitution of India, which was drafted by B.R. Ambedkar, was adopted in the year 1950.
  • Dr. Rajendra Prasad was elected as the President of India on this day in the year 1950.
  • Every year grand display of valour and courage is demonstrated by the defence forces of the country. Para-military forces, Border Security Force, NCC Cadets also take part in the Parade.
  • Rajpath became the final venue for Republic Day Parade in the year 1955 before this there was no permanent venue for the display of the grand parade.
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