Here is all about the Republic Day Parade and celebrations are held at Rajpath, New Delhi every year on the 26th January.
The Republic Day honours the day when the Constitution of India came into force as the governing document of the country. It marks India’s identity as a republic nation. The parade showcases India’s Cultural and Social Heritage and is a mega national event.
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All about the Republic Day Parade and celebrations
- The Republic Day celebration and events are initiated by the incumbent Prime Minister by remembering and paying tribute to the martyrs for their sacrifice for the motherland and thanksgiving to the present Indian Armed Forces at the India Gate. This is the only role of PM on that day.
- The rest of the ceremonies like the Prestigious Salute is performed by the Incumbent President. India’s major national awards such as Bharat Ratna, Paramvir Chakra, Vir Chakra, Ashok Chakra, Padma Bhushan are awarded on this day.
- The Parade is led by the three divisions of the armed forces (Army, Navy, and Air Force) who exhibit their strength through different stunts and performances.
- 26 January 1930 was earlier celebrated as India’s Independence Day. It is the day when India decided to fight for complete freedom.
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- After we achieved Independence on 15 August 1947, our leaders wanted 26th January to be remembered in history as well. Therefore, the day was made to clash with the day of Swaraj.
- A Christian song, Abide with Me, is played at the Republic Day Parade as it is considered one of the favourite songs of Mahatma Gandhi.
Wanting to watch the Republic parade this time, here is how to go about it:
- To observe the Parade of Republic day you need to get the tickets. There are a couple of ways to get tickets for the parade.
- The Republic Day Parade tickets are available from January 10 to January 25. Front row passes are available only to VIPs.
- You can find many outlets to buy tickets for Republic Day Parade in Pragati Maidan, Jantar Mantar, Shastri Bhawan, Jamnagar House, and Parliament House Reception Office at a special counter for Members of Parliament.
- The ticket counters are open daily from 10 AM to 12.30PM and 2 to 4.30 p.m.
- Remember that all ticket counters will be closed in the morning on January 23, due to the full dress rehearsal of the Republic Day Parade.
- Aadhaar Card, Voter ID Card or government identity card must be presented in order to purchase tickets.
- The main Republic Day Parade starts at 9.30 AM following the flag hoisting at 9 AM each year. It runs for around three hours.
- Mobile phones, cameras, and all other electronic devices are not allowed. So, it’s better to leave them behind.
- Delhi Metro services are partially disrupted due to security arrangements on Republic Day and January 29 for the Beating Retreat ceremony.
You should witness this at least once in a lifetime. The morning weather in Delhi will be cold, so don’t forget to carry a jacket with you.