Republic Day - The day the Constitution of India came into effect
Republic Day is celebrated every year on 26 January to commemorate the
date and moment when the Constitution of India came into effect.
Although India attained independence on August 15, 1947 but till 1949 it
didn't have a permanent constitution of its own and instead were
functioning under the laws enacted and implemented by the British. And
after many amendments the Constitution was approved and accepted on
November 26, 1949 that came into force in a full-fledged fashion from on
26 January, 1950. Thus, Republic Day celebration is the moment to
remember the coming of the Constitution into effect.
India celebrates its Republic Day in colourful and exciting ways. To
mark Republic Day in a memorable and significant way, every year in New
Delhi, capital of India, a grand parade is held that starts from the
Raisina Hill in the neighbourhood of the majestic Rashtrapati Bhawan and
passes along the Rajpath thus ending at India Gate. The President, Prime
Minister and other high rank officials of India on this occasion make
their presence at Rajpath to celebrate the occasion. The President
unfolds the National flag as soon as the National Anthem is played and
also addresses the nation with Republic Day speech. Furthermore, the
Republic Day parade also includes lively displays and exhibits India's
rich and colorful culture and also brings the entire nation together.
The parade concludes with the flypast by Indian Air Force jets.
On Republic Day, martyrs and heroes who showed courage and bravery for
country's sake without bothering their own lives is also remembered and
conferred prestigious and significant awards including Kirti Chakra and
Ashok Chakra are conferred on the event by the President. Since 1950,
for Republic Day celebrations India has been inviting guests of high
dignitaries of another country as the state guest of honour.
Not only in New Delhi, but other states also celebrate Republic Day with
great enthusiasm and in numerous innovative ways. The Republic Day 2014
will be observed on Sunday (26 January) and the public offices and
schools will remain closed to celebrate the significance of the day.
The patriotic fervor of the people is witnessed not only in the
programmes and activities but also in the inspirational Republic Day SMS
and Republic Day messages. On this day people send warm wishes about
Republic Day to their dear ones that lend a festive ambiance to the
historic occasion. Short and lovely text messages are also a wonderful
way to spread the importance of the Republic Day.
The festivity of Republic Day concludes officially with the intriguing
Beating Retreat ceremony on the evening of 29th January. This
enthralling ceremony is performed by the military, the Indian Air Force,
India Navy and India Army in the Raisina Hills, New Delhi, in front of
the President of India as the Chief Guest.