New Delhi, January 26, 2017: This day is of utmost significance for all the citizens of India. About 30 months after attaining independence, India became a sovereign republican democratic country on January 26, 1950. Independence Day and Republic Day are complementary to each other; the first provides the condition, the second leads to the fulfillment of the noble ideals of equality, justice and harmony among all communities which constitute the population of India. 26th of January has become a red-letter-day in the history of our nation. We we celebrate Republic day every year with due regard and enthusiasm. Indians, all around the world, celebrate this day with a sense of pride in their eyes. It is one of the National Holidays in India.
Indian Constitution came into force on 26 January 1950. On the same day, it was announced that India is a sovereign, democratic and republic country. Actually, the Constitution was passed on 26th November 1949 but due to some delay, it was adopted on 26th January 1950 as a democratic government system which shows the country’s freedom from ruled by the British to an independent republic.
Celebration: The greatest annual event of the country is the Republic Day Parade held all over India, and specially at New Delhi. The President of India takes the salute at the colorful and spectacular march-past. The distinguished soldiers of all the three wings (Army, Navy, and Air Force) of the armed forces take part in the parade. Parade displays various tanks, big guns and other heavy weapons of war. Police and the N.C.C cadets join the parade. The President of India takes the salute. These celebrations display the nation’s military strength. The advances, sophisticated and powerful weapons of war in our possession are displayed with great enthusiasm. A top political leader from a foreign country is invited to be the chief guest on the occasion of Republic day, this year the crown prince of UAE is here. He will share the dais with the President and the Prime Minister. The grand pageants also display India’s technological, scientific, agricultural, and cultural development. All the states take part in the function. School-children also take part in this parade.
On this day, boys and girls of schools and colleges march and sing our National Song, “Jana Gana Mana”. It is not the end, in the evening, the Raisina Hill, where the Rashtrapati Bhavan is situated, is illuminated which gathers crowd as a glittering sight.
Awards: It is on Republic Day that bravery awards for children are announced; and the proud winners are brought into the limelight during the parade. The Government also declares the ‘Padma’ awards to distinguished citizens and ‘Veer Chakra’ awards to valiant soldiers. The highest civilian award is ‘Bharat Ratna’, which is given for the most significant contribution to the nation. Sometimes no one is found to be great enough to claim this award. Every Indian’s should proud that on the occasion of the 68th Republic Day of India,
Republic Day is the occasion for both solemn resolutions to preserve the sovereignty of the nation, and rejoicing at the free growth of diversified talents and fulfillment of the hopes and aspirations of the nation as a whole, 2017 is set to be a year of changes for the good.
11 Facts About Republic Day :
Every Indian heart fills with pride when we see the National Flag unfurling on Republic Day. 26th January brings out the patriot in us but not everybody knows how much significance the day holds for us. So, here are some facts about Republic Day:
1. January 26, 1930 was earlier celebrated as India’s Independence Day or Purna Swaraj Day. It’s the day India decided to fight for complete freedom.
2. After we achieved Independence on August 15 in 1947, our leaders wanted January 26 to be remembered in history as well. Therefore, the day was made to coincide with the day of Swaraj.
3. The first Republic Day was celebrated on January 26, 1950, three years after we got independence.
4. Republic Day Celebrations are a 3-day long affair.
5. The first R-Day parade at Rajpath was held in 1955.
6. A Christian song, Abide With Me, is played at the Republic Day Parade. It is believed to be one of Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite songs.
7. India’s Constitution is the longest in the world. It has a total of 448 articles. It is written in English and Hindi.
8. Drafting the Constitution was a herculean task. Dr B.R. Ambedkar took 2 years and 11 months to draft the Indian Constitution.
9. Our leaders took the best aspects from other countries’ constitutions. The concept of liberty, equality and fraternity came from the French constitution while the Five-Year Plans came from the USSR constitution.
10. Before the Constitution came into force, India followed British Government’s Government of India Act 1935.
11. A majority of national awards such as Bharat Ratna, Padma Bhushan and Kirti Chakra are awarded during the Republic Day ceremony.
Republic Day is an important event in India’s history - a moment that celebrates the fact that we are second to none. Let’s take a moment to salute the grand constitution of our country. Long live our great Republic!