Republic Day 2024: Why is India’s Flag Unfurled by the President of India and Not Hoisted on Republic Day?

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Republic Day 2024 Why is India's Flag Unfurled by the President of India and Not Hoisted on Republic Day

India had a great battle against British Rule. It finally gained freedom after a long hustle and dedication on 15 August 1947, celebrated as Independence Day. But, India became a Sovereign, Republic and Democratic country on 26 January 1950, commemorated as a National event as Republic Day. On this special day, the Constitution of India, written by Dr BR Ambedkar (Chairman of the Drafting Committee), popularly known as the Father of the Indian Constitution, was adopted by the country. This year, India will celebrate its 75th Republic Day with great pomp and enthusiasm. Republic Day activities add sparkle to the celebration. Read this blog to know why is India’s Flag unfurled by the President of India and not hoisted on Republic Day!

EventRepublic Day 2024
Date26 January 
ActivityFlag Unfurling 
PlaceKartavya Path 
RegionNew Delhi
Unfurled byThe President of India

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Who Unflurles the National Flag on Republic Day?

26 January Republic Day, is the day when India achieved “Purna Swaraj” and became free from the British Raj. Republic Day commemorates the formal adoption of the Constitution of India. Among the various ceremonies taking place on Republic Day like the Republic Day Parade, cultural events, the National Anthem, competitions, etc, National Flag Unfluring is an important activity. 

The National Flag of India, which is the symbol of National Pride is unflured by the President of India. This year, Hon’ble Droupadi Murmu will unfurl the National Flag of India at the Kartavya Path in New Delhi. 

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Source: Sansad TV

Why the National Flag is Hoisted on Independence Day and Unfurled on Republic Day?

Here is the key difference between National Flag Hoisting on Independence Day and National Flag Unfluring on Republic Day:

On 15 August 1947, India became independent. Since then, Independence Day has been celebrated every year. It is the day when India became free from British rule. On Independence Day, the National Flag is Hoisted by the Prime Minister of India at the Red Fort. The flag is tied at the lower end of the flagpole and it is filled with flower petals. At the time of flag hoisting the Prime Minister pulls the rope and hoists the flag. It is a moment of pride filled with patriotic emotions. Flag hoisting signifies that the country attained freedom and has become Independent from the British Raj.

Flag unflurs on Republic Day
Source: OpIndia

Whereas Republic Day is celebrated to commemorate the formal adoption of the Indian Constitution. So, on 26 January, the President unfurls the National Flag at the Kartavya Path. The process of flag unfurling is when the flag is tied as a bundle filled with flower petals at the top of the flagpole. The Hon’ble President of India will pull the rope to unfurl the National Flag.

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Who Hoists and Who Unfurls the National Flag?

The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India hoists the Tricolour National Flag on Independence Day (15 August) whereas the Hon’ble President of India unfurls the National Flag on Republic Day (26 January). 

Source: Foona App

Where are the National Flag Unflured and Hoisted?

The flag is hoisted at the Red Fort in New Delhi on Independence Day by the Prime Minister of India. The National Flag is unfurled at Kartavya Path (formerly known as Rajpath) in New Delhi on the occasion of Republic Day on 26 January. 

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