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 lesser known facts of this highly celebrated day?
1. 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 leaders wanted to remember 26th January as well and so the Constitution of India came into existence on this day and the Republic Day is celebrated to honor it.
3. On 26th January 1950, Dr. Rajendra Prasad took oath at Durbar Hall of government house to become the first President of India.
4. President Sukarno of Indonesia was the first chief guest at the R-Day celebrations.
5. Republic Day ceremony is spread over a span of three days!
6. 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. Watch the first parade here:
7. 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.
You can listen to it here:
8. National Awards such as Bharat Ratna, Padma Bhushan and Kirti Chakra are awarded during the Republic Day ceremony