25 Interesting Facts About Republic Day

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25 Interesting Facts About Republic Day

This year in 2024, India will be celebrating its 75th Republic Day. People across the country are excited and proud to witness the glorious celebrations of this day, held in New Delhi, India. The first Republic Day of India was celebrated in the year 1950 which is also the year when Dr. Rajendra Prasad began his tenure as the President of India. On this day, the President of the country addresses the entire nation with a speech. Additionally, elaborate state tableaus are displayed along with traditional attire, dance, and music to reflect the country’s rich cultural heritage. Let’s learn some more interesting facts about Republic Day.

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Interesting Facts About Republic Day

Listed below are some of the interesting facts about Republic Day 2024:

1. The 21 Guns Salute is given using 7 canons of the Indian Army and firing 3 rounds. 

2. Participants of the Republic Day parade would have already practiced for more than 600 hours before performing during the 26th January celebrations. 

3. A special camp is set up near India Gate to inspect all the Tanks, Armored Vehicles, and modern equipment. 

4. During the rehearsal, each group covers somewhat around 12 kilometres of distance. However, on 26th January, these groups cover about 9 kilometres only.

5. Judges are seated throughout to judge every participating group based on 200 parameters. Accordingly, the title of the best marching group is awarded.

republic day parade
Source: Argus News

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6. Republic Day is celebrated to honor the day when the constitution of India came into effect on January 26, 1950.

7. The Indian Constitution replaced the existing Government of India Act (1935), imposed by the imperial government as the country’s sole governing text.

8. Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, was the person who unfurled the national flag on January 26, 1950. 

Rajendra Prasad
Source: Wikipedia

9. The venue for the inaugural Republic Day procession in 1950 was Major Dhyan Chand Stadium. It was earlier known as Irwin Amphitheatre.

10. The inaugural parade of Rajpath happened in 1955. Pakistan’s Governor General Malik Ghulam Muhammad was the chief guest on this day.

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11. Indonesian President Sukarno was the first chief guest of India’s first Republic Day parade. 

interesting facts about republic day
Source: X.com

12. Malik Gulam Mohammad (the first governor-general of Pakistan) was the first chief guest of the Rajpath parade of the year 1955.

13. The Beating Retreat ceremony takes place on 29 January at Vijay Chowk. It includes grand performances of the Indian Army, Air Force, and Navy Bands and marks the conclusion of the Republic Day celebrations in India. 

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14. The Beating Retreat ceremony traces its origin back to a custom followed during the 1600s in which King James II gave his soldiers the command to beat drums, lower flags, and stage a parade and mark the conclusion.

15. The Republic Day theme 2024 is India- Mother of Democracy and Viksit Bharat (Developed India). 

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16. The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, has been invited to attend India’s Republic Day celebrations for 2024. This is the 6th time a French leader will attend the celebrations in the national capital of India. 

17. During this year’s parade, there will be two all-women contingents from the defence forces. 

18. Every year on Republic Day, the Rashtrapati Bhawan is illuminated with color-changing lights.

19. The chief guest for Republic Day of India 2023 was Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. 

interesting facts about republic day
Source: Daily Pioneer

20. Madan Malviya is the brains behind selecting Satyamed Jayate as the Indian motto.

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21. The Indian constitution is the world’s longest-written constitution. It is written in both Hindi and English languages.

22. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar is known as the Architect of the Indian constitution. 

23. The Republic Day of India coincides with Purna Swaraj Diwas or the Declaration of Indian Independence Day. It was celebrated in 1930 for the very last time to declare the end of British rule on India. 

24. Vande Mataram, the National Song of India, is taken from a patriotic novel called Anandmath, written by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay.

25. The tradition of offering gallantry awards to children was started by the government of India in 1957.

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What is special about Republic Day?

Republic Day is actually celebrated to commemorate the day when the Indian constitution came into force in 1950. It not only replaced the existing Government of India Act 1935 but also converted India into a sovereign state.

Who was the first Republic guest of India?

Indonesian President Sukarno was the first chief guest of India’s very first Republic Day parade. 

What is the theme of the Republic Day 2023?

The Republic Day theme for 2023 was Jan Bhagidari or participation of the common people.

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