For many individuals Republic Day translates to just another public holiday. Many still confuse Republic Day with Independence Day. Try to ask school students …So what happened on this day? Why do we celebrate this day? What is the real significance of this particular day? You will find that a majority of them will grossly fail to answer or fall short on the simple basics that we all should know.
This year will mark 64th Republic Day celebrations in India. In 1950 on this very day Indian Constitution was made formal and legal. On this day, many important aspects like fundamental rights, preamble, the duties of the Union and states of the Independent India came into existence.
On 26th of January every year India celebrates its Republic Day. It is one of the national holidays of India and regarded as the most important day in the Indian history as it was on this day in 1950 the constitution of India came into force and India became a truly sovereign state.
The highpoint of republic day celebrations is the grand Parade held at New Delhi where the President of India takes the guard of honour offered by all the defence services. This is followed by a pageantry held by the different states vying with each other to give their best. This is telecasted on the National Television and watched by millions of viewers from all corners of the country. The patriotic fervor of the people on this day brings the whole country together even in her essential diversity. Every part of the country is represented on this occasion.
Republic Day is celebrated all over the country at all the administrative units like the capital cities, district headquarters, sub divisions, talukas and panchayats. Though the Republic Day Parade is the main ceremony, various activities are held from early morning when prabhat pheris (morning rounds) followed by a homage to Mahatma Gandhi – Father of the Nation.
People have to understand we are fortunate enough to enjoy democracy. There are many countries where democracy is still a distant dream. Truly pay a tribute to the true Hero’s this Republic Day by actually respecting democracy. Indian citizens must understand and recognize that they not only have rights, they also have responsibilities. They should be alert and mindful that democracy requires an investment of time and effort, a government of the people entails constant vigilance and support by the people.
Jai Hind!! Happy Republic Day!
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