Republic Day is regarded as one of the three national festivals belonging to India with Independence Day and Gandhi Jayanti being the other two. Every year, January 26, is enjoyed as a holiday along with filling our hearts with proudness as the Tricolor of our country hoists itself on a staff.
Heritage and culture are put at the forefront in the Republic Day Parade and one enjoys some quality time with one’s own family.
India got its independence from the British Rule on August 15, 1947, it was not until the next 2-3 years that the citizens got the right to choose their leaders. Republic Day marks the Inception of the Constitution, which provides different rights to its citizens.
January 26, 2020, India will be celebrating its 71st Republic Day of India. As we come together to celebrate this annual observance, here is everything we need to know about India’s Republic Day, its significance and history.
Why is Republic Day Celebrated in India?
Republic Day is observed on January 26 every year, because the Indian Constitution came into effect on January 26, 1950. It is a national holiday across the country, and people in all realms of life celebrate their nation’s achievement with great pride.
Why Is January 26 chosen to be the date of the Republic Day Celebration?
The Indian Constituent Assembly adopted the Constitution on November 26, 1949, the official date on which it was brought into effect was chosen to be January 26. This date was chosen as it marked the anniversary of the day the Indian National Congress proclaimed Purna Swaraj (Declaration of Indian Independence) in 1930. This was a monumental step in our country’s fight against the British Raj, as it marked a unified opposition to the Dominion status offered by the British Regime.
Significance of Republic Day:
India got its independence from the British Rule through a harsh long-lasting fight and struggle. It did not have a constitution back then to give any rights to its citizens, or govern the public and maintain the overall harmony of the country. The then government adopted a modified colonial Government of India, 1935.
A committee headed by Dr. BR Ambedkar was set up to draft India’s own Constitution that in its core had the essence of the country that we fought for. Dr. Ambedkar, known as the Father of the Indian Constitution, along with committee members, put together the draft that was opened to the public for 166 days.
After many moderations, deliberations and discussions, the Constituent Assembly signed the Hindi and English version of the Indian Constitution on January 24, 1950.
Republic Day Parade
Republic Day celebrations in India can be said to be a grand affair since its inception in 1950. The steal of this grand day has to be the magnificent Republic Day parade that takes place in the country’s capital.
The Delhi Republic Day Parade is organised by the Ministry of Defence, it starts from the Rashtrapati Bhavan gates and puts forth India’s defence capabilities, cultural and social heritage and puts the diversity of the country on the limelight.
Various states present their inherent unique cultural aspects and put forth a magnificent show for the spectators.