REPUBLIC DAY OF INDIA

-Master Ricardo D’Monte 7B

Republic Day is an important day of the year for the people of India. Our country celebrates Republic Day every year on 26th of January since 1950 to honour the date when the Constitution of India came into force. The Constitution of India replaced the Government of India Act 1935 as a governing document of India on the special date 26 January in 1950. It has been declared as a National Holiday by the Government of India.

People in India enjoy this great day by celebrating in their own way. On this day a parade takes place in the national capital of India, New Delhi at Rajpath, in the presence of the President of India. India was a slave under the British rule for many years during which the Indian people were forced to follow the laws made by them. After long years of struggle by the Indian freedom fighters, India finally became independent on 15th of August 1947. Two and half years later, the Indian Government implemented its own Constitution and declared India as a Democratic Republic on 26th of January in 1950. After being declared as a Sovereign Democratic Republic, the people of India began celebrating 26th of January as a Republic Day every year.

Celebrating Republic Day every year is a great honour for all Indians. It is a day of great importance and is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm by everyone. On this day, the entire nation gears up before 8:00am to watch the celebrations at Rajpath shown on TV. Preparation work for this day at Rajpath in New Delhi starts a month before and the road leading to India Gate is closed to the general public, with tight security arrangements to ensure safety. The National Flag is hoisted by the President of India with the singing of the National Anthem. This is followed by the Indian army parade, state wise Jhankis, march-past, awards distribution and other activities. Celebrations also take place in state capitals all over India. Schools and colleges have their own celebrations and students performing well in academic, sports or other fields of education are honoured with awards, prizes and certificates in their respective schools this day.