Coming Tuesday, 26 January, 2016, India celebrates it’s 67th Republic Day. The country celebrates this day with great gusto, as the day marks the enforcement of independent constitution (26Jan, 1950), of what today has become the largest democracy in the world. So if you happen to be on a visit to India around this time, or are planning to then it would be a great idea to witness the spectacular celebrations that are held in the capital city, Delhi on the occasion. For those, who are not familiar with the rich history and colorful cultural milieu of the country, this could be a fabulous way to experience and learn about it all. You may book yourself direct air tickets from USA to New Delhi.
Here are some interesting facts to know about the Republic Day Parade-
The venues of the Republic Day celebrations changed every year between 1950-1954 (Irwin Stadium, Kingsway, Red Fort and Ramlila Grounds). Starting 1955, the venue has been fixed- Rajpath.
The highlight of the celebration is the ceremonial Republic Day Parade in which personnels of the Indian Armed forces as well as paramilitary forces perform.There are cultural performances showcasing the diversity of the country by school kids and artists from various states.
This year marks the participation of a foreign troop in the march past. The French Contingent will be the first ever to be a part of the Republic Day Parade, in the history of the Indian celebrations since 1950.
Every year, after deep deliberations, India invites the head of any other state head of a country to be the guest of honor for the grand celebrations. After hosting, US President Barack Obama last year, it will be François Hollande, the French President this year.
The celebrations are not just confined to the parade and hoisting of the Indian national flag by the President on 26th ; it is actually a three day long celebration, which concludes on 29th with a ceremony known as Beating Retreat at Vijay Chowk.
The event is a ticketed one. One has to have the passes/tickets to witness the parade first hand. There are strict security checks and carrying cameras, camera phone and other such gadgets is not allowed. Several other big and small celebrations are organized in all state capitals across the country. Republic Day event in Shivaji Park, Mumbai and that in Bangalore at the Field Marshal are also huge. So be a part of the nation’s festivity, and have explore the Incredible India.
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