How Republic Day is Celebrated in India
Indians proudly celebrate Republic Day in a unified manner, irrespective of caste, language, or religion differences. For Indians, this is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our culture and showcase our unity.
The national holiday Republic Day is celebrated enthusiastically all over India. It was on this day that our constitution was brought into effect in the year 1950, making India an independent nation. India got independence on 15th August 1947, but it did not possess a permanent constitution then.
About Republic Day
The constitution came in place of the Government of India Act, 1935 and became the new governing document. Since 26th January was the day when the Indian National Congress revealed the Declaration of Indian Independence to oppose the British, it was chosen as Republic Day. The day is celebrated to honour the constitution, which started to be implemented from this day.
How Do We Celebrate Republic Day in India?
All states in India celebrate Republic Day, but the celebrations in New Delhi, the capital city of India, hosts beautiful events which makes it stand out from any other state. The main highlight of the Republic Day celebrations is the parade in Rajpath, New Delhi. The Indian President and Prime Minister are present in the event.
Similar to the celebrations in New Delhi, each state has its own parade on the occasion. The day starts with the Prime Minister honouring the Indian armed forces personnel, who sacrificed their lives, by laying a wreath at India Gate.
Other Events That Happen on Republic Day
The three-day event also comprises of these events:
- Rally of the prime minister in New Delhi with music and cultural dances.
- We celebrate various India dance styles at the Lok Tarang Dance Festival. The festival commences on 24th January and ends on 26th.
- Performances showcasing our culture by school students and local dance groups in each state.
The Beating Retreat Ceremony
Marking the end of the celebrations is the Beating Retreat Ceremony that takes place at Vijay Chowk on 29th January. The President is the chief guest, accompanied by PBG (President’s bodyguards). Their commander asks the unit to give the President the National Salute. After that, the Massed Bands play the National Anthem, and we unfurl the National Flag There are performances by the bands belonging to various Army regiments and also the Navy and Air Force.
What to Do During Republic Day in India?
Youth in schools and colleges celebrate Republic Day as well. It is a big honour if your school or college gets selected for the parade or other cultural programs. You need several days of practice for the dance performances during the Republic Day parade.
If you are a school student, you will need to come and take part in the march past in your school in tidy uniforms. There will be a welcome speech by your School Principal, where they will honour the chief guest and talk about the school’s achievements during that year. Then the chief guest watches as the students march past along with the band. After that comes the inspirational speeches by the chief guest and principal for the students. There will be various performances based on our culture, like dance, yoga, and acrobatics, with the chief guest awarding the prizes.
Ways in Which You Can Celebrate Republic Day in Your Society
Here are some suggestions regarding how you can celebrate Republic Day in your society:
- Arrange for all the children of your society to gather for the event with elders since children are the nation’s future.
- Organize seating for all, and request the senior-most building member to hoist the National Flag.
- Sing the National Anthem aloud with all other members and children, feeling proud of our country.
- Conduct fancy dress competition which gives children an opportunity to learn about freedom fighters.
- Arrange for programs like dance, music, or poetry showcasing India’s different cultures.
- Felicitate people who have done meaningful work for society’s betterment.
- Arrange for snacks and desserts for all participants in the celebration.