Indian Republic Day

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2024 Date26 January 2024
2025 Date26 January 2025

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India Republic Day marks the adoption of the Constitution of India and the country's transition to a fully independent republic. This important occasion honours both the establishment of the Indian democratic system as well as the unity and diversity of the nation's people. Celebrated with tremendous energy and patriotism, the day is marked by various traditions and events, including vibrant parades, inspiring cultural programs, and uplifting speeches by prominent Indian figures.

The origins of India Republic Day can be traced back to 26th January 1950, when the Constitution drafted by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar came into effect, replacing the existing Government of India Act of 1935. India and Australia share common values of democracy, multiculturalism, and human rights, which are central themes on India Republic Day. This connection is further enhanced by strong bilateral relations, including trade agreements, educational exchanges, and numerous successful collaborations across various domains.

India Republic Day is observed through various events and activities that reflect the spirit of the occasion. These events include flag-hoisting ceremonies, cultural and intellectual programs, and engaging discussions on India's achievements and aspirations. India Republic Day is celebrated on the 26th of January.

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Indian Republic Day Facts

  • Indian is one of the world's oldest civilizations. The name India comes from the Indus Valley civilisation which lasted from 3300 BCE to 1300 BCE.
  • India's national flag is a horizontal tricolour with light orange at the top, white in the middle, and green at the bottom. The light orange represents the strength and courage of the country. The white represents peace and truth. The green represents the fertility and growth of the land. The flag also has a 24-spoke-wheel called Ashoka Chakra in the centre. It was designed by Pingali Venkayya and adopted on 22 July 1947.
  • The Indian Constitution has been amended over 100 times since it was adopted, making it a dynamic and evolving document.
  • The Constitution of India is written in Hindi and English, but it also recognizes 22 officially recognized regional languages for use in various states.

Indian Republic Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Attend or watch the celebratory parade in New Delhi. India's military forces all participate in a demonstrative display of India's strength. The national anthem is recited and shows and events are held through the day.
  • Enjoy Indian dishes and cuisines. Some popular items include Murgh Makhani (butter chicken), Rogan Josh (red lamb), and Malai kofta (vegetable meatballs).
  • Arrange a virtual movie screening of Bollywood or regional Indian films that depict patriotic themes or highlight Indian history. It will provide an opportunity to enjoy Indian cinema and understand its contribution to cultural storytelling.
  • Celebrate the festive occasion by preparing Indian delicacies at home. Cook traditional Indian recipes like biryani, samosas, chapati, or indulge in popular Indian sweets like Gulab Jamun, Jalebi, or Barfi.

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