The Republic Day of India (26th January), also known as Gantantra Diwas or Prajasattak Din is the day that commemorates the date on which the Constitution of India came into force replacing the Government of India Act 1935 as the governing document of India on 26 January 1950.
Republic Day Celebrations :
Every year on Republic Day (26th January) a grand parade, known as Republic Day Parade is held in the capital, New Delhi, from the Raisina Hill near the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President’s Palace), along the Rajpath, past India Gate.
Before commencement of this parade, the Prime Minister lays a floral wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, a memorial to unknown soldiers at the India Gate at one end of Rajpath, which is followed by two minutes silence in the memory of unknown soldiers.
Thereafter the Prime Minister reaches the main dais at Rajpath to join other dignitaries, subsequently the President arrives along with the chief guest of the occasion. First he unfurls the National flag, as the National Anthem is played, and a 21-gun salute is given. Next, important awards like the Ashok Chakra and Kirti Chakra are given away by the President, before the regiments of Armed Forces start their march past.
The different regiments of the Indian Army, Navy, and 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.
Floats exhibiting the cultures of the various states and regions of India are in the grand parade, which is broadcast nationwide on television and radio. The parade also includes other vibrant displays and floats and traditionally ends with a flypast by the Indian Air Force jets.
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 due to some reason, the Chief Minister of the state assumes the honour of unfurling the National Flag of India.
Photos of Republic Day Parade :
Republic Day Parade Video :
Live Telecast / Streaming of 63rd Republic Day Celebrations – 26th January 2013 :
Flag Hoisting Ceremony by Hon’ble President of India Dr. Manmohan Singh, Followed by Republic Day Parade from Rajpath.
The entire ceremony and the parade will be aired live on DD National and other News Channels.
You can view Live Streaming of 2013 Republic Day Parade on republicday.nic.in
On the eve of Republic Day, President of India Smt. Pratibha Patil will address the Nation. The text of her speech will be available on republicday.nic.in
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