Indian Republic Day: History, Significance & Celebration

Indian Republic Day

January 26, 1950, the day Thursday. Every Indian knows and understands the importance of this day of 26 January. Even ahead of independence, this festival of forging our constitution. Our governance is celebrated every year.

There have been many changes in the Republic Day celebrations in these 73 years. The preparation for Indian Republic Day starts 6 months before. Band-music tunes, juggling, floats, and a parade of soldiers. The award ceremony on Republic Day is a proud moment for all Indians.

Something similar is seen every year on Republic Day. On the eve of Indian Republic Day, the President of India addresses the nation as per the protocol. The names of the Padma awardees are announced on the eve of Republic Day. Gallantry and bravery awards are given away to armed forces personnel and to civilians.

Indians celebrate a large number of festivals every year. But the national festival is only three i.e. Indian Independence Day, Indian Republic Day, and Gandhi Jayanti. Independence Day and republic day celebrations are celebrated with full patriotism.

From school to government headquarters, our tricolor flag is hoisted in the morning. People dress in tricolor to celebrate this occasion. Holding the tricolor of the Indian national flag in their hand and dancing to patriotic songs.

History of Indian Republic Day

Rajendra Prasad on Republic Day

Dr. Rajendra Prasad was unanimously elected as the first President of the country by the Constituent Assembly just two days ago i.e. on January 24, 1950. The most important event of January 26, 1950, was… the swearing-in of the first President of India. With this swearing-in, the entire structure of India’s power changed. On this day, after taking the oath, the President administered the oath to his Prime Minister and cabinet. In this way, India’s first self-styled and constitutional government came into existence.

Republic Day: A National Festival of India

Indian Republic Day is celebrated as one of the National festivals of India. The festival is celebrated all across India but the grand celebration takes place in Delhi. Like the Indian Independence Day celebration at Red Fort, the Indian Republic Day celebration at India Gate is memorable for everyone. If you really want to enjoy the Republic Day parade and celebration you should book your seat and attend this celebration at Kartavya Path, India Gate Delhi on 26 January every year.

Significance of Indian Republic Day

26 January or Indian Republic Day is significant for every Indian. On this day, India became a sovereign Republic with the right to form its own government. Republic Day is one of those festivals in India where patriotism among the citizens is at its peak.

This was the day when the Constitution of India came into existence and the transition of the country from a British Dominion to a republic took place. This happened in the year 1950, three years after India got independence. Every year, this day is celebrated with great pride and excitement.

Republic Day Celebration

At the state level, the Governor unfurls the flag in the state capital and also gives a speech highlighting topical issues facing the respective state. The Chief Minister of the state hoists the flag in the district headquarters.

Republic Day is also celebrated at all the district and sub-divisional headquarters of the state. The Governor takes the salute at the march-past led by the armed forces.

Cultural Program

Indian Diversity is incredible. We can see people from different states performing activities and representing different cultures and traditions at Indian Gate. We can say that the whole nation can be seen at the Indian Gate during the republic day celebration.

Republic Day Parade

Republic Day parade can be seen at various locations in the country. Different states, district headquarters, and schools. The iconic Republic Day parade is held at India Gate in Delhi.

Why is Republic Day so important other than Independence Day?

Mere independence from the British was not enough…we had to decide how India would be governed. We all know that on August 15, 1947, India got freedom from British rule. But just getting freedom was not enough. Liberation from British rule meant that now India had to set up its own governance system. That is, it was necessary to transfer the power of power from the British government to the President of India. But till that time there was no fixed structure of India’s governance system.