Celebrations in India need no definite reason. But 26th January is not a usual day; this day has definite reason to mark it as a day to celebrate. It is the date in the year 1950 that Indian Constitution came into effect and is celebrated as Republic Day in India. Though we became free from the British Rule in 1947 itself but this free nation didn’t have its own constitution till 1949.
Republic Day is celebrated in India with great enthusiasm and colorful way. To mark this grand day, the National capital celebrates it in a majestic way. The beginning of the auspicious occasion is always a solemn reminder to pay respect for the freedom fighters who laid their life for the independence of India; and also for the other martyrs who left no stone unturned for the defense of the sovereign nation. These heroes are awarded with many prestigious awards like Ashok Chakra and Kriti Chakra along with other gallantry awards. Civilians who have distinguished themselves with their acts of courage and valor in different situations are also honored on this day. All these awards are conferred by the President of India on this occasion in Delhi. This year our newly elected President Sri Pranab Mukherjee will do the honor. As the state guest of honour, India invites guests of high dignitaries of other countries every year on this occasion. Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is to be the chief guest at India’s 64th Republic Day parade on Jan 26.
Each year a grand parade is held which starts from Raisina Hill near Rashtrapati Bhawan, passes through Rajghat and finally ends at India Gate. The preparation for the parade starts some days before the Republic Day and is participated by large number of school children from different parts of the country. Republic Day parade also displays the rich and colorful cultures of different states of India bringing the whole country together. It lends a festive mood to the occasion and can be termed as a perfect example to be called India a land with unity in diversity. The parade concludes with a fly past by the Indian Air Force on the fighter planes leaving trails of smoke displaying the tricolor of the National Flag. Presence of the President of India, Prime Minister and other high ranking officials are important part of the celebrations. The tricolor being hoisted by President, the Prime Minister lays a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at the India Gate.
The patriotic fervor of the people is evident in the large gatherings, be it in the national capital, state capital or the in the regions within it. This day is celebrated with great respect and enthusiasm. Considered a National Holiday, this is one of the most prestigious and colorful festivals open to all. People visiting India during this time feel themselves to be lucky as they get to see and enjoy this grand celebration. It is a truly secular celebration showcasing the best of India. Republic Day celebration in Delhi can be considered a great show attracting people not only from our own country but from across the world. Delhi trip during this time gives you a wonderful opportunity to feel the mood of celebration. With a few days left, the preparation for it is going on in full swing.