India Republic Day 2023: History, importance, significance
Republic Day is celebrated with much fanfare and enthusiasm all over India, with grand parades being held in state capitals to celebrate this important event. The parade showcases India’s cultural heritage and modern military strength, with contingents from different parts of the country as well as other armed forces participating in it.
The day also serves as an opportunity to remember those who have contributed to our freedom struggle and recognize their selfless service towards the nation. On this day, we remember those who sacrificed their lives for our peace
Why Indian Republic day is celebrated ?
Republic Day is celebrated on January 26th every year in India to commemorate the day when the Constitution of India came into effect. It marks the transition of India from a British colony to an independent, democratic republic. On this special day, people from all across the nation come together to celebrate with great enthusiasm and pride in their hearts for being citizens of such a wonderful nation. There are parades, flag hoisting rituals and other activities that take place during Republic Day celebrations, making it one of the most significant days in Indian history. This day is meant to remind us all about our responsibilities as citizens and remind us of our rich history and culture. All Indians, young and old alike, should recognize this important day with
5 Facts About Republic Day
1) Between 1950 and 1954, the Republic Day parade was held at Irwin Stadium (now National Stadium), Kingsway, Red Fort, and Ramlila grounds.
2) Republic Day celebrations have been held at Rajpath since 1955. Rajpath was once known as the Kingsway, in honour of India’s then emperor, George V. The road was renamed Rajpath after independence, which also means King’s Way in Hindi.
3) Every year, the leader of a particular nation is invited to be the chief guest for the Republic Day parade. President Sukarno of Indonesia was the first to attend India’s Republic Day celebrations as chief guest in 1950.
4) The parade starts after the arrival of the President of India. The President’s cavalier bodyguards salute the National Flag first. The National Anthem is played, followed by a 21-gun salute. The firing is, however, not done using 21 canons. It is done with seven canons of the Indian army known as ’25-Ponders’ that fire three rounds each.
5) Each member of the army who takes part in the march must go through four layers of investigation. Aside from that, their arms are extensively inspected to ensure they are not carrying live bullets.