26 January, The Republic Day of IndiaJanuary 27th, 2009 - 3:10 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
26th January plays a major role in the Indian history where this day is he constitution of India came into force and India became a truly sovereign state. Although India got its independence on August 15, 1947, the Constitution of India came into effect only on January 26, 1950.
The Republic Day of India is a national holiday of India and to mark the importance of this occasion, every year a grand parade is held in New Delhi, from the Raisina Hill near the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President’s Palace), along the Rajpath, past India Gate and on to the historic Red Fort.
The different regiments of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force march past in all their finery and official decorations. The President of India who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces, takes the salute. Parades demonstrating the cultures of the various states and regions of India are also held and broadcast nationwide on television. The parade also includes vibrant displays and floats and traditionally ends with a flypast by Indian Air Force jets. hey spend many days preparing for the event and no expense is spared to see that every detail is taken care of, from their practice for the drills, the essential props and their uniforms.
Celebrations are also held in state capitals, where the governor of the state unfurls the national flag. If the Governor of the state is unwell, or is unavailable for some reason, the Chief Minister of the state assumes the honor of unfurling the National Flag of India.
Every part of the country is represented in occasion, which makes the Republic Day the most popular of all the national holidays of India.
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