Republic Day 2023: Unheard facts related to Republic Day that you will not know about!
Preparations for Republic Day 2023 are in full swing across the country. Every year in Delhi, grand celebrations are held at Kartavyapath showcasing spectacular military and cultural pageants. This year India is celebrating its 74th Republic Day.
The Constitution of India came into force on 26 January 1950. Since then, 26 January was celebrated as Republic Day. However, the Constituent Assembly adopted the Constitution on November 26, 1949. It took 2 years, 11 months, and 18 days to frame the constitution.
Here are some interesting and unknown facts about the Republic Day of India:
- 26 January was chosen as the date for the implementation of the constitution because on this day in 1930, the Indian National Congress (INC) declared Poorna Swaraj (complete independence), protesting against the condition of domination by the British.
- India invites the leader of a particular nation as the chief guest for the Republic Day parade every year. In 1950, Indonesian President Sukarno was the first chief guest to attend India's Republic Day celebrations. This year, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi will be the chief guest.
- The first Republic Day parade was held in 1950 at Irwin Amphitheater (now Major Dhyan Chand Stadium).
- The first parade at Rajpath (now Kartavyapath) was held in 1955 when the Governor General of Pakistan, Malik Ghulam Muhammad, came as the chief guest.
- The President of India addresses the nation on the eve of Republic Day, while the Prime Minister of the country will address it on Independence Day.