Republic Day is a national festival and is celebrated by every citizen in India. If we look at Republic Day History, on 26 January 1950, India was declared a Republic. The main function takes place on the Rajpath of Delhi and a parade is organized. Tableaux related to national importance and culture are also extracted. Special programs are organized in educational institutions. The parade in Delhi showcases the country’s military prowess. People from across the country will share their best wishes with each other. Here we are telling you some interesting facts related to Republic Day.
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The resolution of complete freedom!
Republic Day was chosen on 26 January, because on this day in 1930, the Indian National Congress pledged to achieve complete independence from the British power. Before Independence, it was celebrated as Independence Day or ‘Purna Swarajya Day’. India became a republic on 26 January 1950 at 10:18 am and about six minutes later, Dr. Rajendra Prasad took the oath of the first president of the republic at the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The national anthem was made on 24 January 1950!
The Indian Constitution was written in 2 years, 11 months and 18 days. Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar headed the drafting committee. It is the longest written constitution in the world, in which 444 articles were divided into 22 parts and 12 schedules. The concept of ‘freedom, equality and fraternity’ is inspired by the French Constitution, while the Five Year Plan was inspired by the Constitution of the Soviet Union. ‘Jan Gana Mana’ was accepted by the Constituent Assembly on 24 January 1950 as the national anthem.
A special song!
The tune played in the Republic Day parade also has a Christian song tune. This song titled ‘Abide with Me’ is considered to be one of Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite songs. In this, not only the role of Gandhiji has been expressed in the Indian Republic, but the real meaning of the Republic has also been given. The first parade of the Republic Day took place at ‘Major Dhyanchand National Stadium’, which was watched by more than 15 thousand spectators. The three-day ceremony concludes with the parade of Beating the Retreat. Apart from Rajpath, on Republic Day, programs are also organized in different institutions in which they perform on patriotic songs.
What is special in the parade?
Generally the parade will start from Vijay Chowk at ten in the morning and will end at Red Fort after about one and a half hours through Rajpath. Prime Minister of the country will pay tribute to the martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate. Before the parade begins, the Army’s Mi-17 helicopter will pass through the Rajpath and salute the stage, showering flowers. After this, the parade commander will salute the President.
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