Republic day- it always brings back my beautiful childhood memories, especially school celebrations – how we used to sing patriotic songs and dress up as Freedom fighters and how we used to eagerly wait for the sweet distribution but the highlight of the day would always be – watching the Republic day parade and a patriotic movie with my entire family on the Television, I still remember, when we got our first TV during my school days, we watched ‘Gandhi’ movie on the Republic day. Later in the day, we used to spend hours discussing the Republic day parade, which was a must…. and since then this was our family tradition and so far, we are continuing it ….
We all know Republic day is celebrated every year on 26th January to honour the day when the constitution of India came into effect. As such India got independence on 15th August 1947 but till 1949 we followed the laws implemented by British. It was only on 26th November 1949 the constitution was ready. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar was the chief architect of the Indian Constitution. You will be surprised to know that the Indian Constitution is the longest written constitution in the world. The Indian Constitution came into effect on 26th Jan 1950, hence to celebrate the real freedom and to remember the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our country we celebrate Republic day. Every year, since 1950, India has been inviting guests of high dignitaries of another country as the state guest of honour and this year -2015, US –President Resp. Barack Obama was the guest of honour. This Republic day was a special one as many things happened for the first time in the Indian history.
Every year, the main and the grand Republic day is celebrated in New Delhi, capital of India. The event takes place at Rajpath. The Republic day begins with the Prime Minister of India laying a floral wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate, remembering all the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our nation & soon, a 21 gun salute is presented. Then the President of India unfurls the National Flag and the National Anthem is played. Prestigious and important awards like Ashok chakra- awarded for the exceptional courage in the field and self-sacrifice, bravery awards – for the courageous actions, are given to armed forces people and civilians by the President of India and then the Armed Forces start their march past. This marks the beginning of the Republic day parade. They are followed by the tableaux from the different states, which displays India’s rich- diverse-colourful culture of the respective state. A colourful fly –past by Indian Air force jets concludes the Republic day parade.
The Republic day celebrations concludes with the Beating Retreat ceremony on the evening of January 29th, third day after the Republic Day. This fascinating ceremony is performed by the bands of the Military, Indian-Army, Indian-Navy and Indian-Air Force. It is celebrated in front of the President of India as the Chief Guest, near Rashtrapathi Bhavan (President’s Palace) in New Delhi.
The Republic Day is celebrated not only in Delhi but also in every state, city, school and community with enthusiasm and by coordinating different activities. After the Republic day celebration all the public schools, offices remain closed. This is the time when everyone comes together for the betterment of the community, city and the country.
Yesterday, I attended the Community Republic Day celebrations, it was an outdoor celebration and the program was very well organized. Many kids, adults and elderly people enthusiastically participated in the celebration. There were number of different activities from drawing to sports competitions etc. The highlight of the celebration was a skit directed by the community members and performed by the community kids, on “Say NO to Plastic” very important message delivered in a very creative and friendly way. Indeed, if we all work together towards one goal we can surely achieve it much faster and can make a positive difference.