Essay On Republic Day Celebrations
26th January, 1950 is a red letter day in the history of our nation. It was on this day that our own Constitution came into force and our country became a secular, democratic republic. It reminds us of the time when the freedom fighters took a historic pledge to free the country from the foreign rule.
The preparations and arrangements are made in the lawns near India Gate in Delhi. There are both V.I.P. seats and ordinary seats. The tickets are made available from different places.
One platoon from every regiment of the Indian Army takes part in the parade. In the same way, the sailors and airmen are drawn from the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force. The country proudly displays her might through the guns, tanks, ships and aeroplanes. The function starts early in the morning. The Prime Minister lays a wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti. He pays homage to the martyrs who gave up their lives to save the nation. At exactly 8 a.m., the President reaches the saluting base and is received by the Prime Minister and the other Ministers. He is also the Supreme Commander of our armed forces.
The march begins with the heroes of the earlier wars. All those members of the armed forces who won the highest decoration, i.e. the Param Vir Chakra lead the march. Then come the young boys and girls who have won the Bravery Award for the year.
The soldiers march briskly. The bands play martial tunes. As they pass the saluting base, they turn their eyes towards the President. The Commanding Officer salutes and they march on. The members of the paramilitary forces also take part in the march.
Next come the colourful Jhankies or tableaus of various states, which creatively display the life and culture of the local people. The cultural troupes also perform the folk dances. Students drawn from various schools of Delhi bring up the rear. They put up a very beautiful show in the form of dances and national songs with action. The climax of the show is the fly past of the various fighter planes, showering flower petals and confetti. The whole programme is telecast on T.V. On January 28th, there is the Beating Retreat. The soldiers taking part in the parade march back to their barracks. Bands from the various regiments play martial tunes. It is one of the most charming displays put up by our armed forces every year.