On 26th January, 1950, the Constitution of India was put into force. It replaced the Government of India Act, 1935. This day was chosen to honor the Declaration of Independence which had taken place in 1930. On this day, there is a big parade which takes place in the capital city, New Delhi in the presence of the President of India. There are also parades and functions which take place in the capital cities of all the states throughout the country.
The Relevance of Republic Day
Republic Day is a matter of patriotic pride to every Indian. It is the very symbol of democracy in the World’s largest democracy. Republic Day in India is a very colorful day, marked with the citizens of India wearing brightly colored clothes bearing the colors of the national flag, saffron, white and green. It is a day which brings out high levels of patriotism in all Indians.
How Republic Day in India is Celebrated
The main attraction of this day is the Republic Day Parade. The three wings of the armed forces, the army, navy and air force join hands to give a great show of strength, participating in the parade with tanks, artillery, and floats carrying both models and real aircraft and missiles.
The bands also attend in full strength to give a musical touch. The president of India takes the salute while the Vice-President and Prime Minister are in attendance.
This is the day when the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the country are honored and remembered. On this day, the president addresses the nation and awards bravery medals to army personnel for acts of valor.
A few hand-picked members of The National Cadet Corps (NCC) also attend the parade. School children from various schools in the city attend and perform in drills and dances.
There is a pageant of colorful displays from the different states of India. These depict the culture of each particular state.
The highlight of the Republic Day Parade is a fly-past by the jet planes of the Indian Air Force which release smoke of the colors of the Indian National Flag also know as the Tricolor.
The entire parade is televised and is watched by millions of Indians as well as viewers from all over the world.
Other Activities on Republic Day in Inida
There are a series of cultural programs and concerts organized throughout the country on Republic Day in India.
Restaurants organize special Republic Day menus featuring special Indian dishes from states throughout the country.
There are parties and get-togethers which revolve around a patriotic theme.
Other than the national flag hoisting at the Republic Day parade, national flags are hoisted at literally every crossroad in the country by politicians and youth associations.
On Republic Day in India, sweets are distributed everywhere and the people celebrate the freedom and independence of the Sovereign, Democratic Republic.