Republic day celebration India 2017 videos
India is celebrating its 68th Republic day on 26th January 2017. Though India became a free nation on August 15, 1947, it declared itself a Sovereign, Democratic and Republic state with the adoption of the Constitution on January 26, 1950.
A salute of 21 guns and the unfurling of the Indian National Flag by Dr. Rajendra Prasad heralded the historic birth of the Indian Republic on that day. Thereafter 26th of January was decreed a national holiday and was recognised as the Republic Day of India.
The Constitution gave the citizens of India the power to choose their own government and paved the way for democracy. Dr. Rajendra Prasad took oath as the first President of India at the Durbar Hall in Government House and this was followed by the Presidential drive along a five-mile route to the Irwin Stadium, where he unfurled the National Flag.
India’s military might and cultural diversity was on full display at the 68th Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. On a cloudy day, the proceedings began with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar paying tributes to martyrs at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate. Later, President Pranab Mukherjee and Abu Dhabi crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan made their way to Rajpath with the accompaniment of the presidential bodyguard.
The parade began with the marching of a special contingent from the UAE armed forces as the crown prince watched on from the special VIP enclosure. This was the second time a foreign military contingent took part in the parade.
Many people throughout India celebrate the nation’s Republic Day, which is a gazetted holiday on January 26 each year. It is a day to remember when India’s constitution came into force on January 26, 1950, completing the country’s transition toward becoming an independent republic.
People celebrate in their own way by hoisting flags in their neighbourhood and distributing sweets to all. Also all of them pin a paper model of their national flag in their dress to mark the republic day. Schools also hoist the national flag and have many programmes depicting the independence struggle of India.
Also awards in many forms is given by the government and by private organisation to commomerate people who have given their best in the years gone by.