By Parijat Saha, Grade 4B
Two of the important national festivals of India are the Independence Day on 15th August, and the Republic Day on 26th January. There is the Flag Hoisting Ceremony on both these days across the country. These ceremonies are observed at schools, government offices, police and military establishments. Today, I would like to share a few words on the Republic Day.
The Republic Day is a day of national significance for India. On this day, the country celebrates the date on which sovereign India was declared as a Republic. This very day, way back in 1950, the Constitution of India had come into effect. The declaration of India as a republic liberated it totally from the rule of the British Raj.
On this day, the main Republic Day Parade is conducted on the Rajpath (also known as the Kartavya Path) at the national capital, New Delhi. Many ceremonies along with mesmerizing and dazzling demonstrations by the Army, Navy and Air Force take place during the parade.
The Beating Retreat Ceremony usually denotes the end of the Republic Day festivities. It is celebrated three days after the Republic Day i.e. on 29th January. This is conducted by the bands of the three wings of the military services – the Indian Air Force, the Indian Navy and the Indian Army. It starts from the gate of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the President of India.
Now-a-days, hoisting Indian flag or the Tiranga at every house has been allowed by the government in India. On Republic Day, children attend the flag hoisting ceremony and march-past at their schools. At our school DPVN, we are encouraged to make real flags and celebrate the occasion. The National Anthem, which we sing as prayer song every day in school, is sung with a lot of patriotic fervour. As guided by our respected teachers, we participate in the cultural eventsof the Republic Day celebration in the school.
At our housing society also, we enjoy the celebrations of the Republic Day. All families gather for the function on the society ground, and the NMMC Corporator does the honours by hoisting the flag. We recite the National Anthem afterwards and this is followed by patriotic songs.
Incidentally, we have our Society Day too on 26th January. Thus, this happens to be a twin celebration every year. In the evening, many games and sports are held and cultural program is conducted by the residents. The special attraction is the prize distribution and the gala dinner that follows.
Along with the various celebrations, Republic Day reminds us to be true Indians at heart, promote national harmony, nurture patriotic feelings, and spare no effort to make India a strong and flourishing nation. I am proud to be an Indian. Jai Hind!