Republic Day 2023: It is celebrated on January 26 every year and this year India will celebrate its 74th Republic Day. It falls on Wednesday. There is a change in the timing of the Republic Day parade on January 26, 2023.
On this day, the President of India addresses the nation. It also shows the enormous image of the country’s rich cultural heritage and military prowess. On January 26, 1950, the Constitution of India was implemented in the country, which is why we celebrate January 26 as Republic Day every year.
Every Indian feels proud to see the national flag unfurled on Republic Day. Do you know that every year about two people from Lacs come to watch the January 26 parade? The theme of this year’s Republic Day celebration is ‘participation of common people’. The main guest of the parade is Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, president of Egypt.
To ensure the correct development of the parade, thousands of soldiers and several other people actively participate in the process. The formal responsibility for organizing the parade lies with the Ministry of Defense, which is assisted by different organizations.
In the Republic Day parade on January 26, 2023, 12 states and Union Territories and nine ministries and departments were selected to display their paintings. These include Arunachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Meghalaya, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
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13 interesting facts about the January 26 parade
1. As we all know every year, the organization of the 26th January parade is held at Rajpath situated in New Delhi, but did you know that Rajpath was not the organizing center of the parade from 1950 to 1954? During these years, the January 26 parade was held at Irwin Stadium (now National Stadium), Kingsway, Red Fort and Ramleela Maidan respectively.
Rajpath became the permanent venue for the parade on January 26, 1955 AD. C. Rajpath was known by the name ‘Kingsway’ at that time, now known as Kartavyapath.
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2. Every year, the Prime Minister/President/or ruler of any nation is invited to the January 26 parade. The first parade was held on January 26, 1950 and the President of Indonesia, Dr. Sukarno, was invited as a guest. However, in 1955, when the first parade was held on Rajpath, the Governor General of Pakistan, Malik Ghulam Mohammad, was invited.
3. The January 26 parade begins with the arrival of the President. First, the President’s bodyguard gentlemen salute the National Flag, and during this time the National Anthem is played and the 21 gun salutes are also performed. But do you know that he doesn’t shoot himself with 21 guns? Instead, 7 Indian Army cannons, known as “25-Ponders”, are used to fire in 3 rounds.
The interesting thing is that the time of the gunshot coincides with the time the National Anthem is played. The first shot occurs at the beginning of the National Anthem and the last shot occurs just after 52 seconds. These cannons were manufactured in 1941 and are involved in all formal Army programs.
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4. All the parade participants get ready at 2 am and reach the Rajpath at 3 am But the preparations for the parade begin in July of the previous year when all the participants are formally informed about their participation. Until August, they practice parades at the centers of their related regiments and reach Delhi in December. The participants have already practiced for 600 hours before formally performing on January 26.
5. A special camp is organized near India Gate premises for all tanks, armored vehicles and modern equipment showing India’s military power. The process of researching each Canyon and whitewashing work is mostly done in 10 stages but this time maybe it will be different.
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6. For the rehearsal of the parade on January 26, each group travels the distance of 12 kilometers but on January 26 it only covers the distance of 9 kilometers. The judges sit throughout the parade and judge each participating group based on 200 parameters and based on this judgment, the title of “best marching group” is awarded.
7. All activities carried out in the January 26 parade are pre-organized, from beginning to end. Therefore, even the slightest mistake and a delay of a few minutes could cost the organizers a lot.
8. Each member of the military participating in the parade event must go through 4 levels of investigation. In addition to this, his weapons are thoroughly checked to ensure that they are not loaded with real bullets.
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9. The paintings participating in the parade move at a speed of about 5 km/h, so that important people can observe them carefully. You will be surprised to know that the drivers of these boxes drive them through a small window. In the Republic Day parade on January 26, 2022, 12 states and Union Territories and nine ministries and departments were selected to display their paintings. These include Arunachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Meghalaya, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
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10. The most fascinating part of the event is the “flyover”. Responsibility for flypast lies with the Western Air Force Command, which involves around 41 aircraft. The planes participating in the parade take off from different Air Force centers and reach Rajpath at a given time.
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11. The song “Abide with me” is played at all Republic Day parade events as it was Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite song. But this year it was eliminated by the central government.
12. Army personnel participating in the parade march with locally made INSAS rifles, while Special Security Forces personnel march with Israeli-made Tavor rifles. This time maybe it will be different.
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13. As per information obtained through RTI, an expenditure of around Rs 320 crore was incurred on the parade held in 2014. In 2001, this expenditure was around Rs 145 crore. In this way, spending on the January 26 parade has increased by 54.51% between 2001 and 2014.
You will be surprised to know that even after 70 years of Independence