India is a Republic country and it has its own constitution. The 26th January is celebrated as the Republic Day of the country when the entire nation celebrates for unity in diversity. This time we are celebrating the 68th Republic Day of India and the chief guests are leaders of Asean nations. However, the Republic Day is not only about parades, Rajpath Celebration, there are more to it. There are many interesting factors associated with it. These are not only the enriched history of the Republic Day but also some facts that every Indian must know.
Here are the 10 interesting factors about Republic Day of India.
1. Purna Swaraj Day
The 26th January, Republic Day, was once celebrated as the Purna Swaraj Day or the Independence Day before the independence. This was the day when in 1930 when congress and the entire India decided to fight for total independence and since then it was celebrated as the Independence Day.
2. History of Republic Day
After the independence on 15th August, leaders wanted to give the 26th January equal respect and respect in the independent India. It was decided that India will be officially declared as the Republic of India on January 26th in 1950. Since then, 26th January is celebrated as the Republic Day of India.
3. The First Republic Day
4. Three Day Ceremony
Republic Day is a 3 Day celebration and it is celebrated from January 26th to January 29th. The celebration ends on the 29th January with the Beating Retreat at the same place Rajpath between India Gate and President’s House in New Delhi.
5. The R Day Parade
Today the R Day Parade is the biggest attraction of the world. However, it did not start right from the beginning. It will be interesting to know that the first R Day Parade was actually held on 26th January 1955. Since then, R Day Parade has been the most amazing thing about the Republic Day.
6. The Republic Day Song
There will be very few who will know that the song that is played in Republic Day is a Christian Song. The song “Abide with me” is actually played in R Day. This was considered one of the favorite songs of Mahatma Gandhi. This song does not only reflect his role in the Republic India but also show the true meaning of a republic.
7. Constitution and Republic Day
India was declared a Republic Day by Indian Constitution in 1950 on 26th January. The same constitution is actually the longest handwritten Constitution of the world. The Indian Constitution has 448 articles altogether and the constitution is written in both Hindi and English.
8. Indian Constitution
India became a republic but the way to write the constitution was a mountain task. B R Ambedkar took the responsibility of it. However, it took him 2 years and 11 months to draft the Indian Constitution before declaring the India Republic and giving constitution the biggest power.
9. Amar Jyoti
On the day of Republic Day Celebration, Prime Minister puts the wreath in the Amar Jyoti in India Gate. This is done to pay the respect and thankfulness to all the martyrs of the country who gave up their life so that we can live peacefully, independently and happily.
10. Awards on R Day
India distributes many awards for the bravery and making the nation proud on the occasion of Republic Day. Awards like Ashoka Chakra. Param Veer Chakra awards are awarded to the soldiers. However, civilians awards like Bharat Ratna, Padma Bhubhusan, and Kirti Awards are also awarded on this date.
Republic Day is not just a day for the celebration for the Indians. It is a day when the Indian Constitution came to exist by virtue of which all can leave peacefully in the country.