Unknown story behind Republic Day & its prestigious Celebrations!
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Unknown story behind Republic Day & its prestigious Celebrations!

Jan 26, 2019

Republic Day and Independence Day are two national events that are celebrated with a lot of fervour in India. While we take the time to think of great people who fought for our freedom during Independence Day, the same amount of awareness is not there among us when it comes to celebrating the Republic Day. Sure, we know that it is a celebration of the day when our Constitution was established. But, there are many other facts relating to Republic Day that we don’t know. Let us take a look at some of them now.

  • The Indian constitution initially had 395 articles in 22 parts and 8 schedules. It has increased to 442 articles in 22 parts and 12 schedules.
  • It is popularly said that the Constitution of India was formulated by B.R.Ambedkar. However, there were many others involved in this historic activity. Alladi Krishnaswamy Iyer, Gopalswami Iyengar, T.T. Krishnamachary, Kanyalal Munshi, Sir Benegal, D.P. Khaitan and Md Saadullah were some of the most important people who were involved in writing our Constitution.

The Rajpath is where Republic Day celebrations take place every year. But, this was not the norm during the first few years of celebrating Republic Day. The first Republic Day celebrations took place in Irwin Stadium which is called the National Stadium today. It was in 1955 that Rajpath became the official place for celebrating this event.

  • Every year, the ruler of any one nation is invited as a guest for the Republic Day celebrations at the Rajpath in New Delhi. The President of South Africa, Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, will be the chief guest this year for the 70th Republic Day celebrations.
  • The Republic Day parade is very famous and those who are selected as participants feel very proud of their participation. They get ready at 2 AM for the celebrations and report at Rajpath by 3 AM. They put in around 600 hours of practise before they go on the parade.
  • All of India’s military weapons and equipment are displayed during the celebrations as a way to show how strong the Indian military is.
  • Every army personnel participating in the events is checked at 4 levels. All the weapons and arms they carry are checked vigorously to make sure that none of them are loaded.
  • The famous tableaus move at a speed of 5 kilometres per hour to make sure that all the people can catch a glimpse of it. There are drivers present in all these tableaus inside the small windows. 
  • “Abide with me”, a popular Christian hymn, is an English song that is played every year in the parade. It was one of the favourites of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • While all of us are aware of how much the cost of living has increased in India in the last decade, did you know that the amount of money spent on Republic Day celebrations has increased by a whopping 54.5% from 2001 to 2014? It needs to be seen how much money will be spent this year!

It is always interesting to learn about our great nation and its history. There are a lot more interesting things about our country and its festivals if we care to dig further. 

Especially, the last century has been one of amazing patriotic moments and has brought our nation to the shape that it currently holds. So, let us all take the opportunity of national festivals such as the Republic Day to learn more about our history and focus on planning what kind of future we want. 

As we move forward with great enthusiasm, let us not forget to always stay true to our roots and remember who we are. May our quest for knowledge always prevail!