10 shocking things about republic day you must know

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As children, we remember republic day as one that would be celebrated with great fanfare in school. Dressed in our spotless & neatly ironed uniforms, we’d rush to the school ground to witness the majesty of the waving tricolored flag. Followed by the national song & anthem, we’d bring in the day with gleaming strength in our eyes & love for the country in our hearts. As we grew up, this ritual was seamlessly replaced by watching the parade in action on our TV sets. While all of this was done by majority of Indians with utmost sincerity in the spirit of Republic day, we wonder if all of us are aware of the real morsels of facts that gives the day a deeper meaning. Read on & we’re sure to leave you more informed by the end of the piece

1. January 26, 1930 was earlier celebrated as India’s Independence Day or Purna Swaraj Day as this was the day when India decided to fight for complete freedom.

2. The first Republic Day was celebrated three years after India got independent, on January 26, 1950.

3. A Christian hymn, Abide With Me, is played at the Republic Day Parade in the capital of the country. This song is believed to be one of Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite songs.

4. With a total of 448 articles, the Indian Constitution is the largest in the world & it took Sir B.R. Ambedkar, 2 years & 11 months to draft it.

5. A majority of national awards such as Bharat Ratna, Padma Bhushan and Kirti Chakra amongst many others are awarded during the Republic Day ceremony.

6. A 21 gun salute is given as a mark of honour to the naval & military members by firing of arms & canons just when the President of India unfurls the National flag.

7. The constitution of India was drafted in two hand written copies – Hindi & English, both of which, were signed by 308 members of the assembly on 24th January1950, making it effective throughout the country on 26th January, 1950

8. The Indian Flag was conceptualized & designed by a farmer from Machilipatnam called Pingali Venkayya.

9. The first President of India, Dr Rajendra Prasad, took his first oath on 26th January 1950.

10. The Republic Day celebrations typically last for three days ending on 29th January with “Beating the Retreat”, a military ceremony held every year.

Now that you’re aware of these hidden details, hit share & let everyone know about the real deal of Republic Day & don’t forget to bomb us with the ones we missed! With these amusing facts being infused into your systems, we’re sure it’s one Happy Republic Day for you! Jai Hind

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