Republic Day India - 26th January
India became independent from the British Rule on 15th August, 1947. However, the country did not realise its own constitution until 26th January 1950.
Republic Day is one of the three national holidays of India and the greatest festival celebrated in the country. It is celebrated every year on 26th January, in New Delhi with great pomp, fanfare and pageant. While in the capitals of the States and other headquarters, it is marked with patriotic fervour.
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The most spectacular celebrations are marked by the Republic Day Parade that takes place in the capital of New Delhi at Rajpath.
It includes march past of the three armed forces, massive parades, folk dances by tribal folk from different states in picturesque costumes marking the cultural unity of India.
Furthermore, the streak of jet planes of Indian Air Force, leaving a trial of coloured smoke, marks the end of the festival.
To mark the importance of this occasion, every year a grand parade is held in the capital, New Delhi, from the Raisina Hill near the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President's Palace), along the Rajpath, past India Gate and on to the historic Red Fort.
The different regiments of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force march past in all their finery and official decorations.
The President of India who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces, takes the salute.
Floats exhibiting the cultures of the various states and regions of India are in the grand parade, which is broadcast nationwide on television and radio. Also part of the parade are children who win the National Bravery Award for the year. The parade also includes other vibrant displays and floats and traditionally ends with a fly-past by Indian Air Force jets.
Indian Border Security Force Guard's Camel Contingent passes through the Rajpath
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