68th Republic Day of India 26th January2017 | About Republic Day of India | Chief Guest of 68th Republic Day of India

Republic Day is our National Festival.Republic day is India's Important national event.India became independent of the United Kingdom on August 15, 1947. India did not have a permanent constitution at this time. The drafting committee presented the constitution's first draft to the national assembly on November 4, 1947. The national assembly signed the final English and Hindi language versions of the constitution on January 24, 1950.The New Constitution of free India was adopted on 26th January, 1950.Thus , India became a Republic on that day.So we celebrate it as our Republic Day every year.


On this day India finally enjoyed the freedom of spirit, rule of low and fundamental principle of governance.The Republic day is celebrated great joy and fervor.The president unfurls the national flag in Delhi.After the national anthem, there is a march-past by the armed forces.There is a long procession of floats from different states.School children present a variety of drills and dances.Thousands of people gather to see the Republic Day parade in Delhi.The National flag flutters atop all government offices and other buildings.The Republic day is also celebrated in schools and colleges.All important buildings are illuminated at night.People burst crackers to celebrate the Republic Day.

Origin of Republic Day

India gained independence on August 15, 1947.But till January 26, 1950, it did not have the proper law of the land for ruling the country.Our constitution was formed by the Indian Constituent Assembly.The Indian Constituent Assembly met on December 9, 1946.The Constituent Assembly had appointed Dr.B.R. Ambedkar as the Chairman to draft the Constitution.The committee finalized the draft with  395 Articles and eight Schedules and was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on November 26, 1949.The Indian Republic officially into being on January 26, 1950.

January 26 was not some random date picked out of the calendar.It was on this date in 1930,that the Indian National Congress, celebrated independence day first time in British India.It was the date when members of the NIC took the pledge to work towards a 'sovereign democratic republic' of India.

Preamble

We.the people of India, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a Sovereign, Socialist Secular, Democratic Republic and to secure to all its citizens:
Justice ,Social, economic and political;
Liberty of thought, expression, belif, faith and worship;
Equality of status and of opportunity;
and to promote among them all
Fraternity assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation;
In our Constituent Assembly this twenty-sixth day of November, 1949, do Hereby Adopt, Enact and give to ourselves this constitution.

Parade at New Delhi

The main celebrations are held in the from of a colorful parade near India Gate in Delhi.The parade showcasing India's military might India Gate Delhi.The parade showcasing India's military might and unity amidst culture diversity covers a 8 Km route, starting from the Rashtrapati Bhavan through the picturesque Rajpath down to India Gate before winding up at the historic Red Fort in old Delhi.The events of  the day begin with the Prime Minister laying a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti-India Gate.He then drives up to the central enclosure and awaits the arrival of the President and a Chief Guest of occasion who is normally a head of other country.
 

On his arrival the Hon'ble President meets the  dignitaries present and unfurls the National Flag.Following this the National Anthem is played with a 21 gun salute to National Flag.After this a brief investiture ceremony takes place the president present India's top gallantry awards the param Veer Chakra and the Maha Veer Chakra to the outstanding soldiers from the defence services.After this, fou helicopters from the army forces fly past the parade area showering rose petals on the audience.Each chopper carries a flag-the first being the Indian flag and the other three the flags of the Army, the Navy, and the Indian Air Force.

The march past begins immediately after the fly past.The President, as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, takes the salute of mechanised , mounted and marching contingents of Army, Air Force, Navy, Paramilitary forces, Police and the National Cadet Corps.After the march past comes the cultural extravaganza consisting of floats presented by the various states and performances by school children.After the flots, the bravery awards winning children from all over the country enter on elephants.

A spectacular fly-past by Air Force and Naval aircraft rounds off this not to be missed experience.The parade is followed by a pageant of spectacular displays from the different states of the country.These moving exhibits depict scenes of activities of people in those states and the music and songs of that particular state accompany each display.Each display brings out the diversity and richness of the culture of India and the whole show lends a festive air to the occasion.But they are all united in their proven loyalty to the Government elected by the people and in their proud traditions and legendary gallantry.

Chief Guest of 68th Republic Day of India 

The crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be chief guest for the 68th Republic Day celebrations in January.

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