A Celebration of India’s Pride
There are only three national holidays which are declared in all states and territories in our country. They are Independence Day, Republic Day and Gandhi Jayanti. Of these, the grandest spectacle is seen on January 26th when all roads lead to New Delhi for the Republic Day parade.
Republic Day was formed to commemorate the day of the Constitution of India came into effect. On January 26th 1950, the Constitution of India replaced the existing Government of India Act 1935. Since then, that day has been celebrated as Republic Day. The most important aspect of this occasion is the organization of a spectacular parade in Rajpath, Delhi.
Before the parade begins, the Prime Minister lays a wreath at the memorial for dead soldiers at India Gate. Subsequently, after his arrival of Rajpath, the is joined by the President and the Chief Guest. After the President’s address, the National flag is unfurled, as the National Anthem is played. The whole parade is televised and broadcast live by the National Television. Important awards like the Ashok Chakra, Kirti Chakra and National Bravery Awards for children are given away by the President. This is followed by a march past where the three wings of the Indian Armed Forces participate. Even the National Cadet Corps and school students gets a rare opportunity to perform the drills in front of the dignitaries.
Another beautiful part of the parade is the procession of tableau presented by the different states. These displays depict the culture, the music and art forms of each individual state, thus portraying the rich diversity and heritage of our country. The whole parade ends with a ceremonial display of colours by Indian Air Force jets. Republic Day is celebrated with equal enthusiasm in schools in every part of the country.
Thus, Republic Day is a day for us to take pride in the country’s culture, heritage and defence organizations. It is also the time for us to honour the memories of the thousands of freedom fighters who strove for our independence and the soldiers who laid down their lives for our safety and security. Let us not forget their sacrifices.