The Republic Day is also celebrated as a National Festival like Independence day. The significance of this day is that a pledge was taken on 26th January, 1930 on the bank of river Ravi to attain ‘Swaraj’ was fulfilled on this day in the year 1950.
India became a sovereign, democratic republic. On this day all Government offices, factories institutions and shops and establishments remain closed.
This day is celebrated throughout the country. People assemble at one place and offer salute to the National Flag.
In Delhi people from different places come to witness the Republic day celebration at India Gate. Pipe railings are fixed on both sides of the route from where the procession passes.
The entire route is decorated with National Flags. A good sitting arrangement is made for the people to witness the parade.
Arrangement for VIP’s and foreign dignitaries is made separately. There is also a very strict and tight security arrangement.
First of all Prime Minister Salutes the martyrs and unknown soldiers at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate.
After that the President comes to the saluting base escorted by his bodyguards mounted on horses.
He is welcomed by the Prime Minister, Defence Minister and Chiefs of the three wings of the armed forces- land, navy and air. After this, he presents gallantry awards to the military and police personnel for their bravery.
After that a grand parade starts from Vijay Chowk. Continents from three wings of army, N.C.C. cadets, paramilitary forces, artillery, tanks, radars, anti-aircraft guns makes part of the parade.
The bands of the three services play sweet tunes. The school children also take part in the parade.
Tableaux from different states and Union Territories depict the cultural tradition and progress of their regions.
Air force bombers and fighters present fly-past. It is very exciting to see the planes dipping down and then in a fraction of second rising up into the sky.
All the Government buildings are richly illuminated; fire-works are displayed, folk dances are arranged. This historic day is commemorated in a gala way.