Republic Day was since declared a national holiday and has been celebrated throughout the country with great fervour and enthusiasm. As a part of it, a grand parade marches from Rashtrapti Bhawan along Rajpath to India Gate and from there to the Red Fort in the National capital, Delhi on January 26. The Delhi Republic Day parade is the largest and most important parade that marks the cultural, social and regional diversity of the country The festival is also celebrated in educational institutions categorically where special assemblies that include plays, performances and processions are held. In some schools, essay writing competitions, quizzes, fancy dress competitions and cultural events are held to mark the day. Resident Welfare Associations and societies hold events and competitions to mark the day and celebrate the day. The entire country unites to celebrate the occasion.
The ceremony held on January 29 at Vijay Chowk every year marks the culmination of the Republic Day celebrations. The President of India is the chief guest of the event, who arrives in a cavalry unit escorted by the President’s Bodyguards. The PBG commander commands the unit to give the National Salute at the arrival of the President, which is followed by the playing of the Indian National Anthem by the Massed Bands, and at the same time by the unfurling of the National Flag of India on the flagpole. Military Bands, Pipes and Drums Bands, Buglers and Trumpeters from various Army Regiments perform during the ceremony. Bands from the Navy and Air Force also accompany these celebrations.
‘Beating the Retreat’ has emerged as an event of national pride when the Colours and Standards are paraded. The ceremony traces its origin to the early 1950s when Major Roberts of the Indian Army indigenously developed the unique ceremony of display by the massed bands. ‘Beating Retreat’ marks a centuries old military tradition, when the troops ceased fighting, sheathed their arms and withdrew from the battlefield and returned to the camps at sunset at the sounding of the Retreat. Colours and Standards are cased and flags lowered. The ceremony creates longing for the times gone by.
This year the pandemic has changed the way we celebrate festivals and therefore, we bring to you some messages, quotes and wishes that will come in handy while wishing your loved ones on this occasion of national importance.
· Let us come together to remember the sacrifices of those who lost their lives for the independence of our country. Happy Republic Day to you and your family!
· With peace in my mind, freedom in my soul and pride in my heart, I wish you a very Happy Republic Day!
· The country is free, and so should our minds be. Happy Republic Day to all the proud citizens of our India!
· Let us rejoice in belonging to the free country passed on to us by our forefathers. Let us remember those who fought hard for it. Happy Republic Day!
· Stay safe and stay healthy this Republic Day. Sending you warm greetings of the day!
· Let us pledge to always keep the tricolour high and rising. Happy Republic to you and your family!
· Celebrate freedom and autonomy with the best that you have. Sending the best and warmest wishes your way on this occasion of Republic Day!
Here are some quotes by our brave freedom fighters who fought for the country’s independence.
· “The sanctity of law can be maintained only so as long as it is the expression of the will of the people” — Bhagat Singh
· “Swaraj is my birth right and I shall have it.” — Bal Gangadhar Tilak
· “Every Indian should now forget that he is a Rajput, a Sikh or a Jat. He must remember that he is an Indian.” — Sardar Patel
· “Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge… At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.” — Jawaharlal Nehru
· “We believe in peace and peaceful development, not only for ourselves but for people all over the world.” — Lal Bahadur Shastri
· “If yet your blood does not rage, then it is water that flows in your veins. For what is the flush of youth, if it is not of service to the motherland.” — Chandra Shekhar Azad
· “The shots that hit me are the last nails to the coffin of British rule in India” — Lala Lajpat Rai
. “I feel that the constitution is workable, it is flexible and it is strong enough to hold the country together both in peacetime and in wartime. Indeed, if I may say so, if things go wrong under the new Constitution, the reason will not be that we had a bad Constitution. What we will have to say is that Man was vile.” – B.R. Ambedkar
. “Where the mind is without fear and the head id held high; Where knowledge is free; Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by domestic walls; Where words come out from the depth of truth; Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection; Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit; Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action–Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake”. — Rabindranath Tagore