Words fall short when it comes to describing the joy of watching your national flag unfurl on the day its constitution was laid down. Regardless of the number of times you get to experience this event, the feeling is always new. As the country celebrates the eve of 26th January with fireworks, barbeques, and parades, the residents rejoice the democratic rights provided to them.
So, without any delay, let’s get to the point where we list out some of the most amazing facts related to Indian Republic Day.
1-Republic Day celebrated as Purna Swaraj Day:
Way before India attained its complete freedom from the British rule, the residents of the country celebrated this day of 26th January as Purna Swaraj Day or the Independence Day. This was in 1930 when the country and its citizens joined together hand in hand to fight against the tyranny of British rulers.
2-Republic Day was 3 years after India’s Independence:
As the country prepares to celebrate its 70th Republic Day in 2019, you would be surprised to note that the same year marks 73rd Independence Day for the country. This is because we didn’t start celebrating our Republic Day before the constitution of India was formed. It took the officials about 2 years & 11 months to draft the initial Indian Constitution. The first-ever celebration for Republic Day was in the year 1950.
3-First Indian Constitution Draft Was Handwritten:
The Indian Constitution was drafted in two different languages, i.e. Hindi and English. Both these copies were handwritten by a committee drafting each and every rules and regulation under the guidance of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. Both these hand-written copies were signed by 308 assembly members on 24th January 1950 after which the first Republic Day was celebrated.
4-Republic Day doesn’t end on 26th January:
Now, this might come as a surprise to some but the republic day isn’t an event that ends on the very same day. Rather it lasts 3 days to end on 29th January with the completion of Beating Retreat Ceremony in the capital of India.
5-First Ever Rajpath R-Day Parade: 1955
Between the year 1950 and 1954, the official venue for parade march on Republic Day was at the Red Fort, Kingsway Camp, National Stadium, and Ramlila Ground. However, it was in the year 1955 that this venue permanently shifted to Rajpath which was 5 years post the amendment of Indian Constitution.
6-Christian Song at Republic Day Parade:
Mahatma Gandhi, a lover of non-violence as well as quality music loved the song “Abide with Me”. This song is played every year on Republic Day during the parade ceremony which is actually a Christian song.
7-Longest Constitution in the World:
India holds the record of having the longest ever constitution in the entire world. It comprises of 448 articles in total in dual language.
8-Mix of Constitutions:
The leaders of India during the time of Independence took some of the best parts of constitutions belonging to other countries and drafted our own version. The concept that we follow of equality, fraternity, and liberty has opted from French Constitution. The 5-year plan of government authority was inspired by the USSR Constitution.
After the initial drafting of the constitution, it has been altered about 94 times to achieve perfection till today.
As an Indian, watching the Rashtrapati Bhawan sparkling with beautiful lights re-kindles the spirit of freedom inside our heart. Whether you watch it live on your television set or at the parade ground, you will surely feel the sense of responsibility and love for the nation as the flag waves with the wind.