Republic day is celebrated every year on 26th January to commemorate the day when the Constitution of India came into effect. It is a national holiday in India and people from all walks of life come together to celebrate this occasion. Republic day is also a time to remember and honour the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters who fought for our independence. We owe them a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid.
The History of Republic Day
Republic day is a very important day in the history of India. It was on this day, in 1950, that the Constitution of India came into effect and India became a sovereign, republic nation. Prior to this, India was under British rule and our Constitution was based on the Government of India Act 1935.
The Constituent Assembly, which was responsible for drafting the Constitution, met for the first time on December 9th, 1946. After almost three years of hard work, the Constitution was finally ready and it came into effect on January 26th, 1950.
Since then, Republic day is celebrated every year with great pomp and ceremony. The main event takes place in New Delhi where the President of India unfurls the national flag and the National Anthem is sung. A 21-gun salute is also given in honour of the occasion.
The parade that takes place on Republic day is a spectacle to behold. It is a showcase of India’s military might as well as our cultural diversity. The parade starts from Raisina Hill and ends at the Red Fort. It is attended by VIPs, dignitaries, foreign guests and general public alike.
The highlight of the parade is the display of tableaux from different states of India which depict various aspects of our culture and heritage. The sight of colorful floats, marching bands and school children waving the national flag is truly a sight to behold.
Republic day is also an occasion to remember the great leaders who fought for our independence. We owe them a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid. They sacrificed their lives so that we could live in a free and democratic nation. Let us always remember their sacrifices and strive to build an India that they would be proud of.