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68th Republic Day of India 2017 - January 26 (Thursday)

जन गण मन अधिनायक जय हे, भारत भाग्यविधाता
Republic Day 2017

Republic Day, celebrated on January 26th every year, is one of India’s most important national events. It was on January 26th, 1950 that the constitution of India came into force and India became a truly Sovereign, Democratic and Republic country. On this day, India finally enjoyed the freedom of spirit, rule of law and fundamental principle of Governance. The patriotic fervor of the Indian people on this day brings the whole country together even in her embedded diversity. What exactly happened on January 26, 1950?

Republic Day is not just a National Holiday for Indians

It’s when regional identity takes a backseat and what matters most is the universal appeal of unity and brotherhood projected by all Indians. The Indian constitution basically stands for the aspirations which ‘the common man of India’ cherishes. Republic Day is a day of the citizen of the country when he is entitled to be ‘all supreme'.

Republic Day is celebrated most majestically in the capital, New Delhi, where symbols of the great nation's military might and cultural wealth are displayed in what is the world's most impressive parade. All Government buildings are illuminated lending the city the atmosphere of a fairyland. This day is celebrated with much zeal and pride all across the nation.

Long Weekends in 2017

Republic Day is not just a day when every Indian feels patriotic, this year, it also brings a lot of Long Weekends with itself. There are plenty of options for people to plan a short holiday trips to any nearby place. But don't forget to remember all the heroes of India's Independence and all those who have made India a truly Republic Country. Stay Tuned for our Long Weekend Calender for 2017.

In the meantime, plan your long weekends with this Holiday Planner.

The Story behind the Republic Day Parade!

Republic Day ParadeWatching the Republic Day Parade has always aroused the feeling of pride and honor for the country in our hearts. But do you know the story behind the Republic Day Parade? Do you know how long does it take to prepare those 2 hours of public entertainment?

Well, there's a lot of practice and physical exercise, over 6000 marchers, 1200 students and 5000 artists from all round the country who make it happen in a span of 6 months!!! This spectacular celebration is possible because of the 33 departments and 3200 officials who work round the clock to ensure a glitch free ceremony and fool-proof security.

Contingents, Soldiers and Personnels

The process of selection of the participants begins 6 months in advance. Every year 42 contingents with 144 soldiers march down Janpath on this day. All of them arrive before 1st of January in order to begin their practice in full swing. Around 10,000 personnels reside in Delhi Cantonment and Parade Ground during this while. This year we will witness 3 more contingents of the Women Officers from the Air, Navy and Army.

BSF CamelryThe Camelry

The 'camelry' of the Border Security Forces is one of the best parts of the parade & acts like a show-stopper. To guard and protect the frontiers of Gujarat and Rajasthan, 1200 camels are trained by the BSF in Jodhpur.

Out of which, 100 males around five years of age are brought in a camp in Palam (Delhi) in the beginning of November itself . Loads of trucks filled desert sand follow the route. These camels are taken around the city to acquaint them with the city's noise and crowd.

Jhankis or Tableaus

The Jhankis or Tableaus

Let's now talk about the favourite part of the celebration - The Tableaus. To get entry into the parade, the states have to go through multiple rounds until their tableau gets selected by the defence secretary heading the high level committee.

On the invitation of the defence ministry, these 'jhankis' or Tableaus are created by nearly 5000 fabricators and artists at the Artistes' Village of Delhi Cantonment.

Other Arrangements

With over 1.11 lakh seats were divided into 35 enclosures, 19,000 seats will be open to the general public last year. This was organized by the defence ministry in coordination with Delhi Police. The Army's Signal Regiment puts in cables as long as 38 kilometres to make sure that the sound system remains faultless. To make this day more enchanting in the evening, around 1.40 lakh bulbs were installed around the venue which help in making this day a spectacular success!

To read this article in Hindi click here

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I salute to all our national heroes of past nd my gratitude to all d national heroes of present....joy hind - Comment  #61
by sivajji on Jan 26, 2016 7:24 PM IST Report Abuse
My salute to all our national heroes f past nd my gratitude to all d national heroes f present....joy hind Comment  #60
by dalia dey mallik on Jan 25, 2016 4:33 AM IST Report Abuse
Proud to be an Indian..... Thanks for this...n after reading this... Just one thing arises in mind.... Jai Hind... !!! Comment  #59
by Ajay Jadhav on Jan 25, 2016 3:46 AM IST Report Abuse
Like this a peaceful republic day celebration will not celebrate in any country else india Comment  #58
by binoy george on Jan 30, 2015 7:47 AM IST Report Abuse
happy republic day Comment  #57
by rayar on Jan 28, 2015 4:16 PM IST Report Abuse
the article is extordinary and it is exciting to barak obama in INDIA. JAI HIND Comment  #56
by BARATHI SIVA on Jan 28, 2015 8:07 AM IST Report Abuse
The mix is my tribute to Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar who gave India things like Justice, Liberty, Rights,Fraternity and Equality which were not common at that time. Lest we forget the the great people who worked super hard for what we take for granted everyday. FREE DOWNLOADS if you like! VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzDO7WpQQhM AUDIO: https://soundcloud.com/shakechilli/happy-republic-day-mix-free-download Comment  #55
by Allan John on Jan 27, 2015 7:43 PM IST Report Abuse
Our Prime Minister Mr. Nerendra Damoder Das Modi & Mr. Barak Obama is best Leader in all over world. With Best Regards Sanjay Vishwakarma Comment  #54
by Sanjay Vishwakarma on Jan 27, 2015 1:06 AM IST Report Abuse
Dear all Indians we are very happy because Mr. BARAK OBAMA is stay for 3 days in India on occasion Republic day 26th Jan -2015. We wish you a very happy returns of the day. Our Prime Minister Mr. Nerendra Damodar Das Modi is Great. Thanks & Best Regards Sanjay Vishwakarma Comment  #53
by Sanjay Vishwakarma on Jan 27, 2015 12:58 AM IST Report Abuse
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