The fluttering tri-color flag that embraces the winds, the Indian air force fighter jets that touches the realms of the skies, the contingent of the Army and the Navy whose marches trembles the earth, school-children’s traditional performances that exudes the rich diversity in Indian culture and the showcase of the technological advances that makes every Indian proud on the Republic Day. But, how many of us know the below important and rarer facts of this highly celebrated day?
(1) The Original Independence Day!
On 26th January 1930, Indian National Congress declared India as an Independent State or Purna Swaraj. However, India actually attained Independence on 15th Aug, 1947.
(2) Our Constitution Came Into Existence
Our leaders wanted to remember 26th January as well and so the Constitution of India came into existence on this day in 1950 and the Republic Day is celebrated to honor it. It is also the longest in the world!
(3) President Is The Protagonist
During Independence Day, PM leads the event. However, during Republic Day it is the President. Since, army, navy and air force pay their respect in the form of “military salute” to their supreme commander- President.
(4) India’s 1st President Took Oath On The 1st Republic Day
On 26th January 1950, Dr. Rajendra Prasad took oath at Durbar Hall of government house to become the first President of India.
(5) R-Day Spans Over Three Days!
Republic Day ceremony is spread over a span of three days, which is the main attraction of the event, displaying the military prowess of India’s might. The event ends on 29th January.
(6) Rajpath Was Not The Original Venue For R-Day
The R-day celebrations were held at different venues. After the first parade held at Rajpath in 1955, it became a permanent venue and since then has become an annual tradition.
(7) Republic Day Theme – Abide With Me
A Christian hymn, Abide With Me, is played at the R-Day Parade. It is believed to be one of Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite songs.
(8) Major National Awards Are Given Out
National Awards such as Bharat Ratna, Padma Bhushan and Kirti Chakra are awarded during the Republic Day ceremony.
(9) Indian Flag Should Be Made Of Khadi Only
The Indian flag should be of made of Khadi only. Any other material is actually punishable by law with upto three years of imprisonment and a hefty fine!
(10) First Chief Guest Of Republic Day
President Sukarno of Indonesia was the first chief guest at the R-Day celebrations.