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Republic Day

illuminated south and north block in New Delhi

India became independent from the British Rule on August 15 1947. However, the constitution of India came into effect on January 26 1950, when the President became the head of the country. During 1947-1950 King George the VI was the head of the country. C. Rajagopalachari served as the Governor General during this time. Dr. Rajendra Prasad was the first elected president of India.

26 January is celebrated as the Republic Day in India. The highlight of the day is the Republic day parade in New Delhi. It begins from the Raisina Hills near Rashtrapati Bhavan (President’s Palace) through Rajpath, past India Gate and concludes in Red Fort. It includes vibrant parades, floats and ends with fly past from the Airforce Jets. The official conclusion of the festivities occur on Jan 29 following the beating the retreat. This beautiful ceremony takes place in New Delhi on Raisina Hills flanked by the North and the South block of the Indian Parliament. It begins in the late afternoon and ends with the flags being brought down. The concluding song the band marches to is “Sare Jahan Se Accha” and ends with a spectacular illumination display of the North and the South Block.                                                                                                 

Republic Day