January 26th of every year marks the India’s adoption of the constitution which has brought our nation it’s democratic status. This marks India’s Republic day that is very close to every Indian patriot’s heart. This is an occasion so auspicious that the entire nation calls it a ‘Dry Day’ by announcing that there will be no sale of alcohol on this day (exceptions are there in the tourist destination of Goa, however). Celebrating India’s independence is one thing, but celebrating the point at which India started to establish itself is an affair worthy of pomp and splendor. This is why, every year the Republic Day parade is held in the presence of such esteemed chief guests such as former American President Barak Obama and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi. Let us take a look at what all to look forward to this year’s Republic Day celebration along with who the chief guest will be!
This year’s Chief Guest will be South African president Cyril Ramaphosa who is well known for his following of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. This is an arrangement made since Donald Trump, current President of the United States, declined Prime Minister Modi’s initial invite.
The Republic Day for 2019 is also special as it marks the 150th birth year of the father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
Different states hold different parades. Kolkata in West Bengal will hold the second most impressive military parade along the historic Red Road in front of Fort William in Kolkata’s Maidan. In Tamil Nadu we have the ceremonial parade at Marina Beach which will display various government floats. Bangalore will join the patriotic fun at M.G Road. Shivaji Park in Dadar, Mumbai will also hold celebrations organized by the State government.
As usual the Parade will feature performances by the three wings of the Indian military – Army, Navy and Air Force.
In a major updated change this year, since Kerala did not establish a list of states and Union Territories, the state Tableau will not be displayed at the Rajpath Parade. Apart from this, 17 states and Union Territories will be showcasing their respective Tableaux during the parade.
Tickets for the Republic Day Parade will be on sale from the 7th to the 25th of January at various outlets with prices ranging from Rupees 20 for unreserved seats to Rupees 500 for reserved seats. Ticket bookings may also be available online, but make sure to verify the sources before engaging in any transactions.
As the nation’s government celebrates we will also be seeing schools distributing sweets and speeches will be given along with cultural programs in many Institutions. It is for sure a day when the Indian flag is hoisted high while many Indians have their palms over their hearts in memory of all our freedom fighters and all those involved in drafting the Indian constitution allowing them to thrive freely in modern democratic India.