That day of the year when entire country comes together to celebrate unity and fraternity is approaching. I am talking about 26th January, India’s Republic Day. Since 26th January, 1950, India is celebrating this prestigious to mark the commencement of action of the Constitution of India. The prestigious parade of Republic Day in India is in fact one of the biggest parades in the world, which every Indian must undertake to show their dedicated love and respect towards the nation and its citizens.
If you have not yet been a part of the Republic Day Parade in Delhi, then take part this year to experience the most glorious journey ever. Goibibo shares with you some interesting facts and information of India’s Republic Day event.
The Event Initiation
With the arrival of honourable President of India accompanied by ceremonial winter dressed bodyguards on horseback, the event gets a kick start. The moment when the President pays respect and lays flowers on Amar Jawan Jyoti is one of the most solemn and touching moments of the day.
I can guarantee now you are going to witness the most memorable and eventful flag hoisting ceremony. With the National Anthem at the background, the President unfurls the India flag. President’s Bodyguard’s National Salute and 21 Gun Salute takes place at the same time, giving an energetic and encouraging start to the event.
Is There An Award Ceremony?
Yes! On the eve of Republic Day, officials and civilians on various accounts are honoured. Bravery awards like Ashok Chakra and Kirti Chakra are announced for Armed Forces, followed by awards for young children. The award ceremony is undoubtedly an event of utmost pride.
What Happens at Republic Day Parade?
The most interesting thing about Republic Day parade is that every Indian state is showcased prominently. Initially, regiments of Indian Navy, Army and Air Force march past the crowd in their official finery. The display of 30 floats unique to each and every Indian state is a brilliant watch. Then there is display of national attire along with cultural folk music symbolic to every state leaves everyone speechless. School kids take part of cultural performances as a part of the parade.
To take part in the parade, get dressed in winter wears. Don’t carry any electrical items and try to reach early to get a better position.
What is Daredevil Acts?
Motorcycle units of Armed Forces perform stunts on motorbikes and make it a thrilling sight to watch. Jets and helicopters fly overhead for a visual spectacle high up in the sky.
The Beating Retreat is the official end of the parade held in Raisina Hills and Vijay Chowk areas. Against the backdrop of Rashtrapati Bhavan, Beating Retreat of the bands from Army, Navy and Air Force marks an exciting end to the ceremony.
What’s New This Republic Day?
US President Barack Obama is going to be the chief guest of the 2015 Republic Day parade. He will be seated in open air on Rajpath to watch the two hours’ grand parade. So those of you who are going to take part in the parade, can get a chance to see Mr. Obama with your own eyes.
Exploring Delhi during Republic Day is real fun. Iconic places like Red Fort, India Gate and Qutub Minar get stunningly decorated with India flag to mark the festivity. However, do not miss on other attractions in Delhi like Chandni Chowk, Lotus Temple and Qutub Minar.
To buy Republic Day parade ticket, contact India Tourism Development counters at Ashok Hotel or Janpath Hotel or Delhi Tourism counters in Dilli Haat, Coffe Home, Chandini Chowk, etc. Ticket is priced from Rs. 300 to Rs. 20 per head.
So, be ready to attend the most eventful festival of India.