The Republic Day
India celebrates its Republic Day on the 26th of January every year. It was on this day in the year 1950 that India became a Republic, i.e. on this day, India adopted its constitution. This means that India will henceforth elect its Head of State. This day is celebrated with a great deal of fanfare all over the country. The main function is held in New Delhi, at the India Gate. The President of India unfurls the National Flag and takes the Salute. A 51 gun salute is given on this occasion. This is followed by a flypast by the Air Force helicopters and the Fighter Planes. The Republic day Parade consists of the marching contingents of the Army, Navy, Air force, Police and various school children, and Paramilitary forces. This is followed by the NCC, Girl, and Boy Scouts. The folk dancers and the Tableaux come next. The star attraction of this parade besides the county’s military might is the brave children, sitting on the elephants. The whole parade represents various facets of the development and culture of our country. Similar parades on a small scale are held at various state capitals of the country. In schools and colleges, Principals and heads of the institutions unfurl the National Flag. The country on this day pays homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the sake of the country.