Republic Day is a gazetted holiday in India and is celebrated on 26 January every year to honor the establishment of Indian constitution. The constitution was adopted by the Indian Constituency Assembly on 26 November 1949 and came into force on 26 January 1950 with a democratic system. It has been one of the three public holidays in India. Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti are other two public holidays that are celebrated on 15 August and 02 October every year.
Republic Day Holiday 2018-2025
In 2018, Republic Day falls on Friday.
How Do People Celebrate Republic Day?
People celebrate the festival by organising events and celebrations that occur on Republic Day in the country. Military parades are conducted in Delhi, the capital city of India and the state capitals. Representatives of the Navy, Indian Army, Air Force and traditional dance troupes will participate in the parades. In New Delhi, a striking parade is organised and the event begins with the Prime Minister of India laying on a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate to recall Indian soldiers who surrendered their lives for the nation.
The Indian President receives the military salute during the period in New Delhi whereas state governors receive the military salutes in state capitals. Medals and awards are offered to the people from the armed forces and also to citizens. School children also participate in the parades by singing and dancing patriotic songs. Armed Forces personnel will also exhibit motorcycle riders. The parades conclude with a fly past by the Air Force of India.
Public Life During Republic Day Holiday 2018
Like mentioned earlier, Republic Day is a public holiday on 26 January every year. All local, state and national level government offices shall remain closed on the day. Commercial outlets and other business organisations shall remain closed or have reduced working hours. Public transport remains unaffected since many locals travel for celebrating the festival. Republic Day parades cause substantial disruption to traffic. There may be increased security on the day.
Republic Day symbolises the right spirit of Independent India. The important symbols of the festival include the exhibition of military equipment, the national flag and military equipment.