In the year 2022, the 26th of January would signify the 73rd Republic Day in India. Apart from being a national holiday, the republic day of every nation commemorates the foundation of a republic. 

Let’s dive into some facts about the Republic Day

What so Special with the Date 26th of January?

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate our Republic Day on 26th of January? Why this particular date was chosen for such a noble cause in 1950? The answer lies in the fact that on the same day, 20 years back in 1930, the leaders of the Indian National Congress publicly announced ‘Poorna Swaraj’ or the nation’s complete independence from the British rule.

Republic Day – The Grand Celebration of Three Days

Republic Day is a national festival of India and is celebrated with a great zeal, enthusiasm, and patriotism. Celebrations also include paying tribute to the martyred freedom fighters and soldiers of various war, who sacrificed their precious lives for their beloved motherland, and guaranteed an independent and secured nation for their fellow citizens to breathe in peace. The disciplined regiments of Army, Navy and Air Force that marches their way from Rashtrapati Bhavan to Red Fort via Rajpath and India Gate mesmerize the onlookers. The grand celebration continues for three long days, filling the atmosphere with electrifying emotions of patriotism. On the 29th of January, it is concluded with the Beating Retreat. 

Republic Day Award Ceremony

A award ceremony is also organised every year on Republic Day. The brave hearts who have performed outstanding deeds of bravery and displayed the spirit of self-sacrifice for the sake of the nation’s welfare are honoured with Param Vir Chakra, Vir Chakra, Ashok Chakra, Kirti Chakra, and Mahavir Chakra by the government of India. 

Guest of honor

Every year India hosts the head of a state or government of a foreign nation as the guest of honor for Republic Day. This practice dates back to 1955, when the Republic Day’s parade was organised for the first time and was witnessed by the first chief guest Malik Ghulam Muhammad, the then governor of Pakistan. 

Do you know who would be the guest of honor this year, 2022?

The Great Indian Constitution

The Constitution of India is the supreme law of the country. It expects the countrymen to abide by their fundamental duties and provides certain fundamental rights to be independent citizens of an independent state. It also lays a framework of protocols for the proper functioning of any institution of the state. 

Period of Completion of Constitution

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, along with his team, wrote India’s constitution. It took 166 working days spread over 2 years, 11 months, and 18 days to complete the document. Till today it is the largest constitution any nation has.

To Wrap up

India, as a nation, is so much blessed with a diversified culture that being a citizen itself generates a sense of pride. Having more than 130 crore residents practicing different religions, speaking different languages, having different food habits, adopting various dressing styles, still living in harmony with each other makes India an epitome of unity in diversity. 

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