India’s 72nd Republic Day is soon approaching, it is an opportune time to learn about the history associated with this ceremonial day. Indians harbored the dream of being a Republic Nation long before they became independent. The seeds of this dream were sown as early as 1930. On the 26th of January, 1930 the Indian National Congress under the leadership of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru gathered together and pledged to work towards their dream of making India, independent. From then on, this day was celebrated as Poorna Swaraj Day.
India continued to remain a constitutional monarchy even after it became an Independent Nation. It remained like that until the Constitution was drafted and the first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was appointed. Finally, on the 26th of January, 1950 the Indian flag was hoisted and the Nation was declared as a Republic. And since then Indians celebrate this day with utmost pride and patriotism.
Annual Republic Day Celebrations in the Capital of India
In the country’s capital, New Delhi as a mark of respect, for this special day a ceremonial parade is conducted. It begins from the Rashtrapati Bhavan to the Red Fort via Rajpath and India Gate. In a nutshell here’s a sneak peek preview of the proceedings at the parade.
- As a token of respect for all those who sacrificed their lives serving the Nation, the Prime Minister lays a wreath on the Amar Jawan Jyoti at Indian Gate.
- This is followed by a 21 gun-salute after which the President hoists the National flag and the national anthem is played and the parade begins.
- This is succeeded by the President presenting awards and medals to members from the armed forces who have exhibited exceptional bravery.
- Even civilians who have made noteworthy contributions in other fields are conferred with the same honor.
- Post this the armed forces fly around in helicopters and shower rose petals on the attendees of the event.
- The attendees then get to enjoy a cultural extravaganza that showcases the diversity and richness of our nation.
- Even Government officials who have made contributions are recognized for their efforts.
- Everyone looks forward to witnessing the children who have won the National Bravery Award mounting the elephants and strolling around the dais.
- Automotive enthusiasts look forward to the display of motorbikes that the armed forces display.
- The event comes to a close when the fighter planes of the India Air Force are flown. This is undoubtedly the most anticipated part of the parade.
Republic Day Celebrations in the face of Covid-19
But owing to the pandemic, the celebrations are going to be toned down this year. The number of spectators is going to be restricted and a chief guest will be unable to grace the occasion. Unlike the 600 folk artists and children who participated last year this year only 400 are permitted to participate. But yet another event that’s going to make this year’s Republic Day Celebration an unforgettable affair is that for the first time ever a woman fighter pilot, Bhavna Kanth is going to be a part of the Republic Day Parade.
Enjoy the perfect Republic Day in Howard Johnson Bengaluru
How are you planning to celebrate Republic Day this year? You can turn it into a social dining affair. Spend time with your family members, sit and discuss our glorious nation and its advancements over a delectable meal at Nest in Howard Johnson Bengaluru. You could also turn it into a weekend getaway by booking yourself a staycation.