15 April 2024

India celebrates 72 years of transition to an independent republic today

The world’s largest democracy, India is celebrating its 73rd Republic Day today across the world in various forms.

The commemoration marks 72 years since the “Indian Constitution took effect and the nation completed its transition to an independent republic.” The Indian Constitution was adopted on November 26, 1949 and officially implemented on this day in 1950.

The celebrations this year are special as India is in the 75th year of Independence – being celebrated as ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’. This year and henceforth, offical Republic Day celebrations will now be celebrated for a week – between January 23 and 30.

As every year, India’s military might and cultural diversity will be showcased with the President, Ram Nath Kovind taking the salute of the monumental Republic Day parade along Rajpath in the Indian capital of New Delhi.

The Republic Day Parade ceremony will start with Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the National War Memorial. As per the tradition, the National Flag will be unfurled followed by the National Anthem with a 21-gun salute.

For the first time, an Indian Air Force (IAF) will show grand flypast by 75 aircraft or helicopters.

Google’s Doodle artwork released today vividly depicts the elements of this parade – parade animals: an elephant, a horse, a dog, a camel; a red tabla; the parade path; a saxophone as part of the iconic camel-mounted band; doves; and the tricolors of the national flag.

Today’s Doodle marks India’s Republic Day (Courtesy: Google)

Keeping in view the current Covid situation, the number of seats for spectators has been significantly reduced and people are being encouraged to witness live celebrations online.

The main Republic Day celebration in New Zealand organised by the High Commission of India at Wellington today evening has been postponed as a result of country moving to the red light setting from 24 January 2022.

 

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