26th January is celebrated as Republic Day in India. It was on 26th January 1950, the Constitution of India came into full-fledged action. The Constitution was accepted and approved on November 16th 1949 by the Indian Parliament.
Since then 26th January is celebrated as Republic Day in India and is a gazette holiday.
The day is celebrated with grand patriotism and fervor. In New Delhi the capital of India, every year, on this day a grand parade starts from the Raisina Hill and passes through Rajpath and end at India Gate.
It is attended by the President, the Prime Minister and other dignitaries and Chiefs of Armed Forces.
The National Tricolor is hoisted by the President of India and National Anthem is sung with immense devotion and patriotism.
Tableaus from all Indian States and Union Territories also take part in the Republic Day parade. The rich and vast cultural heritage of India is displayed by the beautifully decorated tableaus. Armed forces, police forces and paramilitary forces, school children and retired army men also participate in the parade.
The Republic Day parade closes with the flypast of the Indian Air Force jets.
Officially the festivities of the Republic Day end with the Beating Retreat ceremony on the evening of 29th January.
Beating Retreat ceremony is an enchanting ceremony of the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.