India Republic Day

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2024 DateJanuary 26, 2024
2025 DateJanuary 26, 2025

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India Republic Day celebrates the establishment of the country's constitution and its transition from a British dominion to a sovereign republic. This national event honors the adoption of the Indian Constitution, which replaced the Government of India Act of 1935 as the governing document for the nation. The celebrations showcase India's diverse cultural heritage, military prowess, and the spirit of patriotism among its citizens.

The history of India Republic Day can be traced back to the end of British colonial rule in 1947, when India gained independence. It was on January 26, 1950, that the Constitution of India came into force and turned the nation into a democratic republic. Considering Canada is home to over 1.6 million people of Indian origin, the observance of this event is an opportunity to foster a deeper understanding of Indian history and values among Canadians.

Various Indian cultural associations, community organizations, and educational institutions hold events to mark the occasion, featuring flag hoisting ceremonies, cultural programs, and patriotic song presentations. In cities like Toronto and Vancouver, where the Indian diaspora has a significant presence, the celebrations assume larger proportions, with the participation of local government officials and representatives of the Indian High Commission. India Republic Day is observed annually on January 26th.

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India 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 Constitution of India is the longest written constitution in the world, with 448 articles divided into 25 parts and 12 schedules.
  • The Indian Constitution provides for a comprehensive framework for the establishment of institutions at both the central and state levels, ensuring a balance of power and authority between the different branches of government.

India 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).
  • Cook traditional Indian dishes at home, such as biryani, butter chicken, or dosas. Share the experience by joining a virtual cooking class or preparing these dishes together with your family.
  • Take this opportunity to educate yourself and your family about Indian history, the Constitution of India, and the significance of Republic Day. Watch historical documentaries or read books on Indian culture and traditions.

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