Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Festivals of India

Republic Day


*Janaganamana Adhinayaka, Jaya He, Bharatabhagyavidhata!

Republic Day, celebrated on January 26th every year, is one of India’s most important national events. It was on January 26th, 1950 that the constitution of India came into force and India became a truly Sovereign, Democratic and Republic state.
India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru signing the constitution on 24th Jan,1950.

A draft constitution was prepared by the committee and submitted to the Assembly on 4 November 1947. The Assembly met, in sessions open to public, for 166 days, spread over a period of 2 years, 11 months and 18 days before adopting the Constitution. After many deliberations and some modifications, the 308 members of the Assembly signed two hand-written copies of the document (one each in Hindi and English) on 24 January 1950. Two days later, it came into effect throughout the nation.

On this day, India finally enjoyed the freedom of spirit, rule of law and fundamental principle of governance. The patriotic fervor of the Indian people on this day brings the whole country together even in her embedded diversity.It’s when regional identity takes a backseat and what matters most is the universal appeal of unity and brotherhood projected by all Indians.
PM Modi arrives at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate, to mark his respects

Republic Day is celebrated most majestically in the capital, New Delhi. The grand parade on Rajpath in New Delhi on the 26th of January is the main event of the celebration of India's Republic Day which is a three-day celebration, culminating in the beating retreat ceremony on the evening of the 29th January.  The symbols of the great nation's military might and cultural wealth are displayed in what is the world's most impressive parade. All Government buildings are illuminated lending the city the atmosphere of a fairyland. This day is celebrated with much zeal and pride all across the nation. 

Jammu & Kashmir tableaux at Rajpath
Meghalaya tableaux at Rajpath

The dare devil stunts of motorbike riders of BSF

India celebrates Republic Day

Since 1950, India has been hosting head of state or government of another country as the state guest of honour for Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi. This year, the Chief Guest was the US President Barack Obama. For the first time in Indian Republic Day history, US President has been invited to enhance the glory of great occasion as a chief Guest.

This Republic Day, Women armed forces of India would take part for the first time in the Republic Day parade. This is so because of Women Empowerment and Nari Shakti. Women Empowerment and Nari Shakti would be the main theme of this year Parade. It was the first time that the three wings of the Indian Armed Forces—the Army, Navy and Air Force—had an all-woman contingent each marching down Rajpath.

IAF's contingent, led by Sqdr. Leader Sneha Shekhawat.

Army contingent, led by Capt Divya Ajith


* "Janaganamana....." is the National Song of India.

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