Republic Day -26th January
Introduction: Republic Day is an annual National festival in India. It is celebrated on 26th day of January every year.
Significance: This day is of utmost significance for all the citizens of India. About 30 months after attaining independence, India became a sovereign republican democratic country on January 26, 1950.
Connection with Independence Day: Independence Day and Republic Day are complementary to each other; the first provides the condition, the second leads to the fulfillment of the noble ideals of equality, justice and harmony among all communities which constitute the population of India.
Red-letter day: 26th of January has become a red-letter-day in the history of our nation. We we celebrate Republic day every year with due regard and enthusiasm. Indians, all around the world, celebrate this day with a sense of pride in their eyes. It is one of the National Holidays in India.
Constitution came into force: Indian Constitution came into force on 26 January 1950. On the same day, it was announced that India is a sovereign, democratic and republic country.
Actually, the Constitution was passed on 26th November 1949 but due to some delay, it was adopted on 26th January 1950 as a democratic government system which shows the country’s freedom from ruled by the British to an independent republic.
Celebration: The greatest annual event of the country is the Republic Day Parade held all over India, and specially at New Delhi. The President of India takes the salute at the colorful and spectacular march-past. The distinguished soldiers of all the three wings (Army, Navy, and Air Force) of the armed forces take part in the parade. Parade displays various tanks, big guns and other heavy weapons of war. Police and the N.C.C cadets join the parade. The President of India takes the salute.
These celebrations display the nation’s military strength. The advances, sophisticated and powerful weapons of war in our possession are displayed with great enthusiasm. A top political leader from a foreign country is invited to be the chief guest on the occasion of Republic day. He shares the dais with the President and the Prime Minister.
The grand pageants also display India’s technological, scientific, agricultural, and cultural development. All the states take part in the function. School-children also take part in this parade.
On this day, boys and girls of schools and colleges march and sing our National Song, ‘Jana Gana Manaâ€. It is not the end, in the evening, the Raisina Hill, where the Rashtrapati Bhavan is situated, is illuminated which gathers crowd as a glittering sight.
Awards: It is on Republic Day that bravery awards for children are announced; and the proud winners are brought into the limelight during the parade. The Government also declares the ‘Padma’ awards to distinguished citizens and ‘Veer Chakra’ awards to valiant soldiers. The highest civilian award is ‘Bharat Ratna’, which is given for the most significant contribution to the nation. Sometimes no one is found to be great enough to claim this award.
Proud moments: Every Indian’s should proud that on the occasion of the 65th Republic Day of India, in 2014; for the first time, a parade alongside the entire Marine Drive in Mumbai was held by the Government of Maharashtra in the same way as parade done in Delhi.
US President Barack Obama attended the 2015 Republic Day Celebration as the Chief Guest.
Conclusion: Republic Day is the occasion for both solemn resolutions to preserve the sovereignty of the nation, and rejoicing at the free growth of diversified talents and fulfillment of the hopes and aspirations of the nation as a whole.