Interesting Facts about 26th January –Republic Day of India

We Indians are way too particular about everything related to our nation and 26th January, the Republic day of India, holds a special place in all our hearts. Watching the tricolor hoisting high in the blue sky makes us all proud and hearts brimming with pride and honor.

For each one of us, Republic Day is the day to celebrate the courage of our Defence Forces, their countless efforts and thank them for their immeasurable contribution towards the security of the nation and its citizens.  While some of us have managed to witness the celebration proceedings live in Delhi at Rajpath, others (like me) are found glued to their Television sets to watch the mesmerizing Republic Day parade and the patriotic beats that totally reach straight to our hearts.

I personally hold a huge connect with these special days as my Daddy dearest served the Indian Army for 30 long years. Watching him dress up in that overpowering uniform each day, has always instilled in me those untold reasons to be proud of and look up to him through all ups and downs in life.

I am sure anyone from the Defence background can relate with that feeling when your father/mother has to leave home for some temporary duties, border side appointments on some festive occasions. It is way far thrilling, scary and disheartening to watch him/her leave the doorsteps.  

Although many of us are presumed to be used to facing this situation quite often, but, trust me, it doesn’t work that way anytime. Each time, these moments hold their own fears, insecurities and worries all together; something that we can never get accustomed to.

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Coming back to how India is widely known for ‘Unity in Diversity’, the Republic Day brings together every state’s cultural and traditional aspects to limelight. Apart from this, there are various other interesting morsels about Republic Day that most may not know of!

Here’s a an informative carousel about Indian Constitution and other facts about Republic Day of India:

  1. The date 26th January was especially selected since it was the anniversary of Purna Swaraj Day (26th January 1930).

  2. India has the longest written Constitution in the world, incorporating 448 Articles in 22 Parts, 12 Schedules and 97 Amendments.

  3. It took Dr. B.R.Ambedkar 2 years 11 months and 18 days to draft the Indian Constitution.

  4. The Constitution came into a legal circulation at 10:18 AM on the 26th of January, 1950.

  5. The original book of our Constitution is a 479 page calligraphic edition signed by all our framers and preserved in a helium filled case in our Parliament. You can browse the full book here: The Constitution of India

  6. The Indian flag was conceptualized and designed by Pingali Venkayya, a farmer from Machilipatnam.

  7. The Indian flag, by law, is made of khadi and can be only made in nine specified sizes.

  8. It was Madan Mohan Malviya who had selected the Indian motto of Satyamev Jayate.

  9. The events are started by the Prime Minister with a short dedication at the military memory (Amar Jawan Jothi) at the India gate. This is the only role the PM has on that day.

  10. The President addresses the Republic Day whereas; the Prime Minister addresses the Independence Day.

  11. During The Beating Retreat, ‘Abide by Me’ is the song that is played to mark the end of the ceremony.

  12. Until our Constitution came into force, we used the British era Government of India Act 1935 to rule our country.

  13. India’s major national awards (such as Bharat Ratna, Padma Bhushan) are awarded during the ceremony.

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So, are you joining me to witness the magic of Republic Day Parade on 26th January 2017?

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