Happy Republic Day

Dear Fellow Indians today on 26th January, MockBank Wishes you a Very Happy Republic Day.

India’s Republic Day is celebrated in India on 26th January every year. On this day in 1950 the Constitution of India was adopted. The key highlight of this day is the Republic Day Parade, held in New Delhi.

Significance of Republic Day

  • India became a sovereign, secular and democratic republic on Republic day.
  • On 26 January 1950, the Constitution of India was brought into force. Before it India was governed by the Government of India Act 1935.
  • On this day in 1930, the Indian National Congress passed the declaration for Indian independence (Purna Swaraj).
  • On this day in 1965, Hindi was declared as the official language of India.

Highlights of 67th Republic Day Celebrations

  • French President Francois Hollande is the Chief Guest at the Republic Day Parade on January 26, 2016.
  • Action Plan for Start Up India and Stand Up India will be formally launched today. These schemes plan to provide multiple opportunities for the youth of India.
  • This year, topic “our duties” will be discussed in schools, colleges and other places across the country.
  • All tableaux and music bands will be showcased for three days – till January 29 at the Red Fort to allow more people to participate.
  • Number of Army and Navy’s marching contingents will be reduced from 8 to 6 and 3 to 2 respectively
  • Six central para-military forces will be putting up 3 marching contingents together instead of one contingent individually.
  • A number of declarations are expected to be announced on this day
  • First lot of 20 Indian cities on their way to become “smart” is expected to be announced today. Each of these cities will receive Rs 1000 crore from central government over next five years
  • For the first time since 1950, a foreign army contingent will march down the Rajpath during the Republic Day parade. The 35th Infantry Regiment of 7th Armoured Brigade has been practicing for the parade after it participated in an eight-day joint exercise of Indian and French troops from 8 January.
  • One of the major attractions this year which has already grabbed a lot of attention and raised the enthusiasm of people is that Indian Army dogs will march down the Rajpath on Tuesday after 26 long years. Reportedly, the Army has selected 36 dogs out of total 1,200 Labradors and German Shepherds for the event. These canines are trained in jobs like detection of explosives, guarding, assaulting, etc, and play a vital role in saving lives of the soldiers at various occasions.
Happy Republic Day Constitution_of_India
The original text of the Preamble to the Constitution of India. The Constitution of India came into force on 26 January 1950


The “Constitution of India” by Illumination/ornamentation by Beohar Rammanohar Sinha, calligraphy by Prem Behari Narain Raizada. – http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/world/images/wt0070_1s.jpg Originally from en.wikipedia;  Beohar Rammanohar Sinha illuminated, beautified and decorated the original manuscript calligraphed by Prem Behari Narain Raizada. Beohar Rammanohar Sinha’s legible short-signature in Devanagari-script as Ram on the Preamble-page (lower-right corner within the outermost border-design), and as Rammanohar on other pages of the Constitution bear unambiguous testimony to this fact. He was the favorite disciple of Nandalal Bose. After finishing the Constitution, some leftover art-material was carefully preserved by the artist which he bequeathed to his son Beohar Dr Anupam Sinha. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.

Highlights of 2015 Republic Day Celebration.

  • The US President Barack Obama was the chief guest of the 2015 Republic Day celebrations.
  • It was Barack Obama’s second visit to India, making him the first US President to visit India during his presidential tenure.
  • It was also the first time an American President was chief guest on 26th January.
  • The Republic Day parade was attended by approximately 1.25 lakh people.
  • “Women Empowerment” was the theme of the 2015 Republic Day celebrations.
  • 2015 was the first time that all-women’s contingents from the three services – Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force marched in the parade.

Highlights of Republic Day Parade.

  • The grand Republic Day parade is held along Rajpath in Central Delhi. It begins from Raisina Hill near the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President’s Palace) and moves on Rajpath towards Red Fort passing through India Gate.
  • The parade is witnessed by the President, the Vice-President, the Prime Minister and several other high-ranking officials of the country.
  • The parade starts after the arrival of the President.
  • The Prime Minister of India offers floral tributes at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at the India Gate in memory of the martyrs of the Indian armed forces.
  • The national flag is unfurled by the President of India, the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces, at Red Fort.
  • This is followed by the National Anthem and a 21-gun salute.
  • The parade starts with three different divisions of the armed forces.
  • This is followed by colorful cultural parade showcasing diverse culture of India
  • Armed force bravery awards are also given on this day
  • National Awards are given to children for selfless sacrifice and bravery.

Features of Republic Day: Beating the Retreat Ceremony

  • The Republic Day celebrations officially end with Beating the Retreat ceremony. The ceremony is held every year on 29th January.
  • The event is held at the Raisina Hill, New Delhi.