India celebrated 68th Republic Day on 26 January 2017

The first Republic Day was celebrated on 26 January 1950 to mark the enforcement of the Constituiton that replaced the Governemnt of India Act, 1935 as the governing document.

Jan 26, 2017 10:01 IST
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Republic Day was celebrated on 26 January 2017 across the nation. This was the 68th Republic Day of India. The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the UAE Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was the Chief Guest at the 68th Republic Day parade.

First Republic Day was celebrated on 26 January 1950 to mark the enforcement of the Constitution of India that declares India as – “ Sovereign Socialist Secular Democratic Republic.”


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Main Highlights of 2017 Republic Day Parade

• Republic Day Parade on Rajpath witnessed tableaux from 17 States and six Ministries of the Central Government.

• The tableaux showcased varied themes starting from country’s rich cultural heritage and development.

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• The tableaux also showcased  nation’s progress in key areas like IT, women, empowerment and environment protection.

• A contingent of National Security Guard (NSG) participated in the Republic Day parade for the first time.

• The NSG was formed in 1984 following the Operational Bule Star and assassination of Indira Gandhi.

• A contingent of the UAE Presidential Guard also participated in the parade. The parade was led by a UAE band consisting of 35 musicians. They presented a ceremonial salute to President Mukherjee and the visiting dignitary Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

List of Tableaux from 17 States 


Tableau Theme


Dola Jatra

Arunachal Pradesh

Yak Dance


Lokmanya Balgangadhar Tilak


Lai Haroba


The Art and Life Style of Kutch


An unexplored Tourist Destination


Folk Dances

NCT of Delhi

Model Government School of Delhi

Himachal Pradesh

Chamba Rumal


Beti Bachao – Beti Padhao

West Bengal

Sharod Utsav


Jago Aaiya

Tamil Nadu



Musical Heritage of Goa



Jammu and Kashmir

Winter Sports at Gulmarg


Kamakhya Temple

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