When is the Republic Day of India?

The Republic Day of India is celebrated on the 26th of January every year.

Every year, on 26th January, Republic Day is celebrated to honor the date and moment when the Constitution of India came into effect. Although India gained independence on August 15, 1947, it wasn’t until 1949 that India made its own constitution. Until this time, it was functioning under the laws implemented by the British. After many amendments, the Constitution was approved and accepted in November 1949, and came into full force on 26 January, 1950. Thus, the celebrations are in order to remember the moment.

Also, 26th January is considered as one of the most important days in Indian history, as this was the day when India truly became a  sovereign state. The country finally realized the dream of numerous freedom fighters, who fought and sacrificed their lives for the Independence of their country. It was on this date that India became a totally republican unit, which is why, the 26th of January was decreed a national holiday and has been recognized and celebrated ever since India's freedom.

A lot of effort is put towards organizing events and celebrations that occur on Republic Day in India. To mark the day in a memorable and significant way, a grand parade is held every year from the majestic Rashtrapati Bhawan to the India Gate in New Delhi, the capital of India. The President of India, the Prime Minister of India and other high ranking officials of the country grace the parade with their presence to celebrate this occasion.

At the beginning of the parade, the President hoists the National flag, with the National Anthem playing on the side, and then addresses the nation with the Republic Day speech. Furthermore, the Republic Day parade also includes lively displays and exhibits of India's rich and colorful culture, which brings the entire nation together. The parade concludes with the flypast by Indian Air Force jets.

On Republic Day, the martyrs and heroes who displayed courage, bravery and forsook their lives for the country are saluted and remembered. Also, they are honored with prestigious awards such as the Kirti Chakra and the Ashok Chakra by the President. Not only in New Delhi, but also in other states, Republic Day is celebrated with great enthusiasm in numerous innovative ways. Every year on Republic Day, all the public offices and schools remain closed to celebrate the significance of the day.

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