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The day is here again, January 26. This might be just another day on the calendar for other nations, but for us Indians, this is one of the most celebrated and vital days we have; our Republic Day. This year, in 2022, we will celebrate our 73rd Republic Day. Although 72 years have passed, this day will never lose its speciality and the 'Indians' love in our hearts for it. In 1950, India adopted its Constitution, written by Dr B.R. Ambedkar, and became a republic.
It is celebrated by the entire nation with special parades in Delhi, the capital of India, and in schools with children performing songs and gracious dances, symbolising India.
The Constitution was accepted and ready to be implemented on November 26, 1949, but have you ever thought why it was implemented on January 26 instead?
Well, here is a little history about it.
Following the Indian independence struggle, India gained independence from the British Raj on August 15, 1947. The Indian Independence Act of 1947 (10 & 11 Geo 6 c 30) was an Act of the United Kingdom Parliament that partitioned British India into two new sovereign Dominions of the British Commonwealth (later Commonwealth of Nations). India became a constitutional monarchy on August 15, 1947, with George VI as head of state and Earl Mountbatten as governor-general. However, the country lacked a permanent constitution, and its laws were based on the colonial Government of India Act 1935, which had been changed. On August 29, 1947, a motion was introduced calling for the formation of a Drafting Committee to design a permanent constitution, with Dr B R Ambedkar as its head. While India'sIndia's Independence Day commemorates the country's independence from British rule, Republic Day commemorates the country's Constitution's entry into effect. The committee drafted a constitution and submitted it to the Constituent Assembly on November 4, 1947. Before adopting the Constitution, the Assembly met for 166 days in public sessions spanned over two years, 11 months, and 18 days. The 308 members signed two handwritten copies of the document (one in Hindi and one in English) on January 24, 1950, after much debate and some changes. Two days later, on the 26th of January, 1950, it went into force over the whole country. Dr Rajendra Prasad began his first tenure as President of the Indian Union. Under the new Constitution'sConstitution's transitional provisions, the Constituent Assembly became the Indian Parliament.
Republic Day is a national leave in India, and it is widely observed and celebrated. It'sIt's a day to commemorate India'sIndia's first Constitution. Raising the national flag is a common occurrence in schools and institutions. Across the country, cultural events supporting India'sIndia's quest for independence are organised. The President of India hoists the national tricolor at India Gate in New Delhi. New Delhi'sDelhi's Rajpath hosts the grandest of parades. The Indian President leads the parade, organised by the Ministry of Defence. Apart from showcasing India'sIndia's military might, the event also promotes the country's rich culture.
The celebration also pays tribute to the martyrs who have given their lives in the service of their country. The Prime Minister pays tribute to the martyrs by placing a ringlet at India Gate'sGate's Amar Jawan Jyoti. A 21-gun salute, national flag hoisting, and the national song follow. The brave troops are honoured with the Paramvir Chakra, Ashok Chakra, and Vir Chakra awards. In addition, children and ordinary folks who have shown fortitude in the face of hardship are recognised with awards.
In military jeeps, bravery medal recipients salute the President. Following that, India displays its military might. There is also a march past by the military forces, police, and National Cadet Corps, with the President of India receiving salutes from various regiments. When Indian Air Force fighter planes fly over Janpath, the procession draws to a close. The celebrations take place all throughout India, but Delhi, being the country's capital, hosts the largest Republic Day events.
Every year, millions of individuals who want to watch the Republic Day Parade on the Internet may do so thanks to a live webcast. The exclusive footage is made available as ''video on demand'' after the event. Celebrations are also conducted in all state capitals, but on a smaller scale, where the governor of the state unfurls the flag. District headquarters, subdivisions, talukas, and panchayats all hold similar events. After all of the festivities are over, the Beating The Retreat takes place, formally bringing the Republic Day celebrations to a close. Every evening from the 26th to the 29th, all key government buildings are attractively decked with sparkling lights. On the evening of January 29, the third day after Republic Day, the Beating the Retreat ritual is held. The drummers also play a solo piece called the Drummer'sDrummer's Call. The musicians return to the stage, performing Saare Jahan Se Achcha, a popular martial melody. The National Flag is lowered, and the National Anthem is sung at 6 p.m., officially ending the Republic Day celebrations.
For similar celebrations, here are a few songs.
Mere Desh Ki Dharti is a classic late-'60s song. Everyone still enjoys it, no matter how old it is. It represents India, its people, the agrarian civilization in which we have lived, and the troops willing to risk their lives on the frontiers.
The melody, the emotions, and the patriotism are all there in this song. This is one of the finest songs you can sing on Republic Day!
The lyrics of this song are important. The song's title reflects the patriotic sentiments that are there. We are all familiar with this song from the film Pardes, and we can even envision Amrish Puri performing it in the music video. This is a great song to perform at a party or with friends.
Almost everyone's favourite song is this one. It highlights the dichotomies of Indians and how we are specialised in many areas, but also screw up sometimes, in the lovely voice of Udit Ji. This song has the potential to transport many people back in time, thus singing it may be one of the most rewarding experiences.
India is often referred to as Bharat Mata, the Mother of All. Many of us have this 1990s music running through our veSo thereThere is nothing more fitting than kneeling to our homeland and singing this magnificent song by A.R. Rahman to show our appreciation for her.
The title music from Chak De! India, a great and heartfelt film. This song has gained hearts because of the melodious and happy singing of Sukhwinder Singh, Salim Merchant, and Marianne D'Cruz. What more could you ask for in a wonderful Karaoke Song than doing something for the country and winning?
This has to be one of the songs that most of us spent our childhoods listening to every Independence Day, thanks to the vocals of Lata Ji and Udit Ji. This song is from the film Veer Zaara, and it's ideal for singing and having a duet reunion.
It appears that A.R. Rahman possesses the necessary passion to write the finest patriotic songs in order to prove our love for our homeland. This is one of those songs that transports you back to your homeland, no matter how far away you are. It is, without a doubt, one of the greatest.
Who doesn't enjoy a song that has numerous artists? This song was one of the most popular when it was released in 1997. Dominique Cerejo, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Udit Narayan Ji, and Shankar Mahadevan cover the film’s vocals here. The nicest aspect about singing this iconic hit is that it can be done by numerous people at the same time, and it always energizes your spirit.
The song Aye Mere Pyare Watan is from the 1961 film Kabuliwala. This was a great era when people reflected all of their patriotism via music. This song, sung by Manna Dey, still elevates our spirits and makes us proud of our country.
If you are in school or any place else wanting to perform these songs, let nothing stop you! Even if you do not have anyone else to sing with, you can always rely on Patriotic Karaoke Tracks! Hindi Karaoke Shop has it all. If you are looking for even more songs, check out our other Republic Day blogs as well!
Happy Republic Day!