Interesting Facts About Republic Day Celebration

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Republic Day marks the adoption of India's Constitution and its transition to a republic. Here are some interesting facts about this day

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The Constitution replaced the British colonial Government of India Act (1935) as the country's governing text

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The first President Dr Rajendra Prasad unfurled the national flag on January 26, 1950, marking the birth of the Indian Republic

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In 1950, the inaugural Republic Day procession took place at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium. Over 100 aircraft and 3,000 Indian military men took part

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Indonesian President Sukarno was the first chief guest of India's first Republic Day parade

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The parade has been traditionally held at Rajpath. Pakistan's Governor General Malik Ghulam Muhammad was the chief guest at one of the parades

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The Beating Retreat ceremony has its roots in a 1600s custom and is held annually on January 29 at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi

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The 2024 Republic Day theme is ''India - Mother of Democracy'' and ''Viksit Bharat'' (Developed India)

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This year's Republic Day parade will feature two all-women contingents from the defence forces marching

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The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, has been invited to attend India's Republic Day celebrations

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