Published on : Wednesday, January 25, 2017
India is all geared up to commemorate the historic day when the Constitution of India came into force on 26th January 1950, like every year. This year, the country would celebrate its 68th Republic Day. The Indian Government has declared a national holiday on this special occasion.
The main celebration of the Republic Day is organized at New Delhi, the national capital, at the Rajpath, in the presence of the President of India.
On this day, the Rajpath is a spectator to ceremonious parades that are performed as a tribute to India in the honour of the Indian defence capability, rich cultural heritage and diversity of this country.
The grand parade in New Delhi commences when the Prime Minister of India offers garlands at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at the India Gate. This special tradition is performed as a mark of respect to the sacrifices of the Indian soldiers who had fought for saving their motherland. This parade starts from the gates of the Rashtrapati Bhavan (the residence of the President).
About nine to twelve regiments of the Indian Army, apart from the Navy and the Air Force march along with their bands, adorned in all the finery and official decorations.
The celebrations continue for the next three days. Several schools and colleges also celebrate this historic day amidst pomp and gaiety.
The Beating Retreat ceremony is organized after denoting the festivities of the Republic Day. It is conducted on 29th January, in the evening. Three wings of the military including the Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and Indian Army performs the parade.
The gala celebrations draw in a large number of domestic as well as foreign tourists every year.