We Indians celebrate Republic Day on 26th January every year. We know many things about our Republic day. But have ever wondered about the little-known facts about the day? I will try to present a few such points here. But first, let’s see the history of Republic day.
India gained Independence on 15 August 1947 but it did not have a constitution. It took approximately 3 years to enact our constitution. It was on 26 January 1950, after long deliberations that we had our own Constitution. People dubbed this day as ‘Sampoorna Swarajya’. All Indians are very emotional & sentimental about this day as a new India was born. This coming year 2023 is our 73rd Republic day.
Every year Heads of various countries are invited as Guests for our Republic day. The President of India unfurls the National flag in synchronization with the National Anthem. A 21-gun salute is made to honour and mark the brave soldiers who laid their lives for the freedom of India. Thereafter the President honours soldiers with Ashok Chakra, Kirti Chakra, Shourya Chakra, and Sena medals for their valour. Also, the President awards bravery medals to civilians for their courageous acts.
The Prime minister, on the other hand, the PM pays homage to
Soldiers who lay their lives for freedom and observe 2 minutes of silence at the India gate. The celebrations continue by showcasing the might and pride of India. The parade starts from Raisina hill to India Gate to Red fort. The President of India takes a salute as the might and the might and prowess of the Indian military are showcased. After the parade of para-military, NCC, home guards, etc. is over, the cheering public gets to see Cultural extravaganzas by various states and UTs of India.
The celebrations end on 29th January with the Beating Retreat ceremony. The Indian Army, Navy, and Air force represented by their bands perform at Raisina hills where the President takes the salute. Pipe and drum bands play patriotic songs marking the 3 days celebrations.
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