Happy Republic Day: What is the difference between Republic Day and Independence Day

Are you confused between Republic Day and Independence Day, read this article to understand the difference.

Republic Day is celebrated on every 26th January to celebrate the day as Constitution of India came into force on this day in 1950. This was the third year after India got independence from British rule. Even after more than 73 years of independence, people get confused in the Republic Day and Independence Day and use them interchangeably. In 2019, a petition was filed against Delhi police for referring the country’s Independence Day on August 15 as “Republic Day” in its advisory. Today we bring you the basic difference between Republic Day and Independence Day so that you never get into confusion between the two auspicious Day anymore.

Basic Difference 

The basic difference between these two days that can help you to get rid of confusion is the date. India celebrated its first Independence on 15th August 1947 and since then it is celebrated every year. Republic day was first celebrated on 26th January 1950 and since then it is celebrated every year on 26th January.


On Republic Day, India adopted the constitution formally and became an independent republic. On Independence Day, India got freedom from the British colonialism and the reins of control was handed to the leaders of the country after more than 200 years. Significance of both these days seprates Republic Day from Independence Day.

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Celebration difference between Republic Day and Independence Day

On Republic Day President hoists the Indian flag at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The President’s bodyguard and a strong cavalry unit of 200- draped in elite red coats, resplendent and golden sashes, escort the President on stage at the Republic Day parade. Then they give the order for the national anthem to begin. World leaders from various parts of the globe are invited to the celebration. The Republic Day celebration beams across the nation of more than 130 crores people. Parade in New Delhi at India Gate area showcases India’s military power.

On Independence Day, people of India recalls the memory of our freedom fighters, revolutionary leaders and soldiers who died protecting us and getting the country out of slavery. Prime Minister of India hoists the flag on this day at Red Fort and addresses the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi. Several parades are organized in the state capitals and district headquarters across the country to celebrate the Independence Day. Citizens all over the country hoist the Indian flag to mark the day. Some people exchange sweets, sing patriotic songs and fly kites to celebrate the day of independence. The President addresses the country in a television speech on the eve of Independence Day.

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