The Indian Republic Day - 26 January

The Indian Republic Day is celebrated every year on 26 January. It is a very important day for the people of India. It was on this day that India got its own constitution and became a Sovereign Democratic Republic. Indian Republic day is celebrated with great passion and enthusiasm throughout the length and breadth of the country.

About the Republic Day
India was dominated by the British Empire for many years. It was on 15 August 1947, that India got its freedom from the tyranny of British rule. Then almost two and half years later it became a Democratic Republic. The Drafting Committee was given the task of planning the permanent Constitution of India in August 1947. Dr B R Ambedkar was the presiding chairman of the Drafting Committee. He submitted to the Assembly the Constitution of India on 4 November 1947. However it was on 26 January 1950 that the Constitution of India was fully enforced under the model of "purna swaraj".

Indian Republic day is organised on a great scale in Delhi, the capital of India, by the Government of India. A great parade of the Indian Armed Forces is held at Rajpath, New Delhi. This parade starts from the Vijay Chowk and concludes at India Gate. Indian Armed Forces which comprise the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air-force, demonstrate their weaponry and vigor to the general public. After the parade of the Armed Force, all the States of India display their Jhankis, exhibiting their culture and tradition under the theme of 'Unity in Diversity in India'. Folk dances and songs of India are also presented by the participants.

The Government of India has declared Indian Republic day a gazetted public holiday. However, various cultural programmes are held in schools and colleges across the country. At all these programmes the Indian national flag is hoisted and the National Anthem is sung. On this day the students renew their resolution to make India a better, peaceful and developing nation. Most importantly they vow to be good citizens of the country.

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