Republic Day of India 2021:Chief Guest, Parade facts, Objectives, Celebrations
Republic Day 2021: As we know that the Constitution gave citizens of India to choose their government and paved the way for democracy. On 26 January, the first President Dr. Rajendra Prasad took oath at the Durbar Hall in Government House and unfurled the National Flag at the Irwin Stadium.
Therefore since 26 January, 1950, Republic Day is celebrated in India which is one of the most significant days in the history of India as it was on this day the Indian Constitution came into force. On this auspicious day, India became a Republican unit.
Nowadays, Republic Day is celebrated with much passion all over India and particularly in the capital, New Delhi where the merriment starts with the Presidential to the nation. The commencement of the occasion is always a somber souvenir of the sacrifice of the martyrs who passed away for the country in the freedom movement & the succeeding wars for the protection of the sovereignty of their nation. On this day, the President comes forward to honour medals of bravery to the armed force persons for their extraordinary courage in the field & also the civilians, who have renowned themselves for their diverse acts of bravery in different situations.
To mark the significance of this occasion, every year a splendid parade is held in New Delhi, from Rajghat along Vijaypath. Diverse regiments of Army, Navy, and Air force march past in all their finery & official decorations. Even the horses of the cavalry are pleasingly caparisoned to suit the event. The parade is followed by magnificent displays from different states of the country. These moving exhibits portray scenes of activities of people in those states & the music and songs of that particular state escort each exhibit. Each display brings out the multiplicity and prosperity of Indian culture and the entire show lends a jovial air to the occasion.
This year India will be celebrating its 72nd Republic Day and due to the global situation arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no foreign leader as the Chief Guest in the Republic Day parade 2021.
Also, the number of visitors, tableaus, and participants in the parade will be significantly less this year. Bangladesh's armed forces contingent will participate this year. They will celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic dies and the creation of Bangladesh.
The patriotic zeal of the people on this day brings the entire country collectively even in her indispensable assortment. Every part of the country is represented in occasion, which makes the Republic Day the most popular of all the national holidays of India.
Republic Day of India: History
Though India became free on 15th August, 1947, it affirmed itself as a Democratic, Republic, and Sovereign state with the espousal of the Constitution on 26th January, 1950. 21 guns salute and unfurling of Indian National Flag by Dr. Rajendra Prasad heralded the momentous birth of the Republic of India that day. Subsequently, January 26th was decreed a national holiday & was recognized as the Republic Day of India.
Republic Day of India: Beating Retreat Ceremony
The Beating Retreat ceremony at Vijay Chowk on 29th January every year marks the conclusion of the four days long Republic Day revels. The Chief Guest of the event is India’s President who arrives in a cavalry unit accompanied by the 'President's Bodyguards'.
'Beating the Retreat' has come into sight as an occurrence of national pride when the Colors and Standards are paraded. 'Beating Retreat' marks a centuries-old martial tradition, when the troops ended fighting, sheathed their arms & extracted from the battlefield & returned to the camps at dusk at the sound of Retreat. The ceremony creates the craving for the times gone by.
Difference between Republic Day & Independence Day
• Both Republic Day and Independence Day are national days distinguished with enthusiasm.
• Independence Day is distinguished on August 15th as this was a day when India won independence from British rule.
• Republic day is distinguished on January 26th every year since the year 1950 as that was the year when India espoused its constitution and became a Republic nation having the right to choose its own head of state.