India’s Republic Day is celebrated every year on 26 January.
This is to commemorate the date and moment when the Constitution of India came into effect. Although India attained independence on August 15 1947 but till 1949, it didn’t have a permanent constitution of its own and instead were functioning under the laws enacted and implemented by the British. After many amendments, the Constitution was approved and accepted on 26 November 1949 and that came into force in a fully-fledged fashion on 26 January 1950. Thus Republic Day celebration is the moment to remember the coming into effect of the Constitution.
India celebrates its Republic Day in colourful and exciting ways. To mark Republic Day in a memorable and significant way every year in New Delhi, the capital of India, a grand parade is held that starts from the Raisina Hill in the neighbourhood of the majestic Rashtrapati Bhawan and passes along the Rajpath and ends at India Gate. The President, Prime Minister and other high ranking officials of India make their presence at Rajpath on this day to celebrate the occasion. The President unfolds the National Flag as soon as the National Anthem is played and he also addresses the nation with his Republic Day speech. Furthermore, the Republic Day parade also includes lively displays and exhibits India’s rich and colouful culture and also brings the entire nation together. The parade concludes with the fly past by Indian Air Force jets.