January 26, 1950 – a day that will forever be etched in the history of India. On this day, nearly two and half years after its independence, our country broke the last vestiges of colonialism to emerge as a sovereign nation.
The Republic Day is much more than a footnote in the history of our great nation. It marked the formal adoption of the Indian Constitution. It was the day Indians ceased to be subjects of the British Crown and became citizens of a democratic country. Republic Day personifies the lofty ideals of our Constitution, which form the core values of our nation. It is the embodiment of a free society, where all citizens are equal before law. It celebrates a unique and the most cherished aspect of our country – unity in diversity.
We celebrate the Republic Day with patriotic fervor and festivities are organized throughout the country. In New Delhi, the capital of India, a grand parade is organized where the armed forces conduct a majestic march and the strength of our military is showcased. This is followed by a lively display of the rich cultural heritage of our country. Artists from all parts of India take part in this celebration, which depicts the unique cultures of our states through colorful tableaus.
The Republic Day is also celebrated in all states and centrally-administered territories of the country in a big way. In each of these regions, the day is marked by events which depict its myriad folk art forms.
Yet, it involves much more than mere festivities. The Indian Republic Day is a national holiday and the ideal occasion for the people of the largest south Asian nation to take pride in its glorious past, reflect on its achievements in modern times, and most importantly, ponder over its role as a rising global power.
Republic Day brings together all Indians to celebrate a wonderful spirit – the spirit of India, and this is what the day symbolizes. Wishing you all a very happy Republic Day.