Happy Republic Day !!

Why Republic Day is celebrated?
India gained independence on 15 August 1947, after which the process of preparing a constitution was started. The Constitution was passed on 26 November 1949 in the Constituent Assembly. It was adopted on 26 January 1950 with a democratic government system, when the country became a republic in true sense.

26 January was selected, because it was this day in 1930 when the Declaration of Indian Independence was passed.

How Republic Day is celebrated in New Delhi?
To mark this occasion, a grand parade is held near Rajpath in New Delhi, the capital of India, beginning from Raisina Hill near the Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Palace), along the Rajpath, past India Gate and on to the historic Red Fort in the old quarter of the city. Different infantry, cavalry and mechanized regiments compose the Indian Army, the Indian Marines and the Indian Air Force's march in formation, who are decked in all their finery and official decorations.

The President of India, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces, relishes the salute.

Any Chief Guests, for this Occasion?
The Chief Guest of the parade is the Head of State or Head of Government of another nation. In 2012, Prime Minister of Thiland Yingluck Shinawatra is the Chief Guest.

How Republic Day is celebrated in capitals of other states?
Similar parades are held in the capitals of all the states of India, where the governors of respective states take the salute.

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