Republic Day 2021: Interesting facts about the glorious day you must know
This year India will be celebrating its 72nd Republic Day on the 26th of January. Here are a few interesting facts related to the Indian Republic day and its significance.
India will be celebrating its 72nd Republic Day on the 26th of January 2021. The glorious day is celebrated to remember the moment when the Constitution of India came into effect. Although India had gained Independence on August 15th, 1947, the constitution came into effect on January 26th, 1950. India got free from the rule of the British Raj after a very long freedom struggle.
Republic Day is celebrated all over India with great fervour. In Delhi, parades are organized by regiments of the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, and Paramilitary forces at Rajpath. Representatives of the states of India showcase their culture, uniqueness by displaying beautiful illustrations during the parade.
This year India had invited United Kingdom's PM Boris Johnson for the Republic Day parade however due to the new strains of the Covid-19 pandemic he cancelled his visit to the country.
While history and civics had always been an important part of the Indian education curriculum- how we fought for our freedom, obtained independence, drafted and affirmed the Constitution of India and established the government. Some might remember the significance of the prestigious day but may need a quick revision.
So here are a few interesting facts related to Indian Republic day and its importance.
1.India's first Independence Day or Purna Swaraj Day was first celebrated on January 26, 1930. This was the day when India decided to push for complete freedom from the British Raaj.
2.India celebrated its first Republic Day 3 years after we acquired Independence i.e. January 26, 1950.
3.The Constituent Assembly met in New Delhi for the first time on December 9, 1946, which is now the Central Hall of Parliament House.
4.It took around 2 years 11 months and 18 days for The Constitution of India to be drafted. The duty of lettering the Indian Constitution was given to a Drafting Committee that was lead by Dr B.R. Ambedkar.
5.The Indian constitution is the world's longest for a sovereign nation. It includes 444 articles which are divided into 22 parts and 12 schedules. Lately, 118 amendments were added to the constitution.
6.There are two handwritten copies of the constitution of India, one in Hindi and in English. Both the copies were signed by 308 Assembly members on January 24, 1950.
7.Republic Day is a three-day affair which ends on 29th January with the Beating Retreat Ceremony.
8.Every year on Republic Day, a 21-gun salute is given to the National Flag and the President, during the Flag Hoisting Ceremony.
9.A Christian hymn titled ‘Abide With Me’ is played during the Republic Day Parade.
10.The first Head of State of Indonesia President Sukarno was the chief guest for India’s first Republic Day.
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