Did you know these lesser known facts about our Republic Day Parade

26th January again dawns upon us, a day when we celebrate the enactment of our constitution, 68 years ago to this day.

One of the key attractions of the Republic Day is the parade on Rajpath in New Delhi, where various attractions include, meticulous march-pasts by regiments of the Indian armed-forces, the showcasing of India’s defence capabilities and tableaux from various states of the country. The ceremony as usual ends with a fly past by our air-force.

This year in an unprecedented move, the chief guests from the parade would be the leaders of 10 ASEAN countries which are: Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei.

- Advertisement - - Article resumes -

Besides this, another new addition to the parade is the All India Radio (AIR) tableaux which will feature PM Modi’s popular public outreach program Maan Ki Baat.

While these are commonly known facts about this year’s parade, these are a few lesser known facts about the parade as a whole which you might not have known:

Rajpath hasn’t always been the venue for the celebrations:

Hard to believe, considering how used to we have been to it. But the parade in its present form was only organised since 1955. From 1950-54 celebrations were held at different venues like Irwin Stadium, Red Fort, Ramlila Maidan.

Tickets for the parade

Yes you can get tickets, it’s not all passes. Passes are only for the front row which can be obtained from senior officials. For the rest, there’s reserved or unreserved seating which were priced Rs 500 and Rs 100 respectively. These were on sale from 13th to 25th January at various venues.

The Chief Guest:

France leads the tally with 5 guests, followed by 4 from Bhutan and dignitary from Russia have been invited thrice. Also there have been two dignitaries from Pakistan as well. Gov Gen Malik Ghulam Muhammad in 1955 and Food and Agricultural Minister Rana Abdul Hamid in 1965.

The beating retreat:

Not really a lesser known fact but the Republic Day festivities go on for three days with everything culminating with the Beating Retreat on 29th evening. This was first conceived in 1950’s after Nehru wanted something spectacular to honour the visit of Queen Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh and summoned Major G.A. Roberts who developed the Beating Retreat ceremony. This was then extended as an official ceremony in its current form.

A lot has changed in the country since the first Republic Day, and a lot hasn’t either, but today calls for a celebration of the Indian Democracy, and on that note we wish all you readers a Happy Republic Day.

Share and Support:
Support OpIndia by paying for content

Most read articles recently

Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Mizoram assembly election results

Latest updates and breaking news on counting day: EC declares 3 wins in Madhya Pradesh, all 3 go to BJP

Latest news and updates from 2018 assembly election results of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana, and Mizoram.

Here is why BJP lost elections, and of course, it was deliberate

What BJP supporters need to realise is this - no political party ever wants to lose and least of all, a party led by the two most politically aggressive politicians the country has ever seen.

Statue of all ironies: Pritish Nandy uses example of fake news to spread fake news

Pritish Nandy shared a fake image which was earlier shared by Youth Congress leader

Prashant Bhushan and left-liberal cabal was actively helping Vijay Mallya in UK court by attacking CBI special director Rakesh Asthana

Vijay Mallya's defence team was using Indian left-liberals' allegations agaist Rakesh Asthana in London court

Fact check: Did BJP President Amit Shah and PM Modi call Baniyas cheaters and accuse them of profiteering?

Earlier, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had also been accused of making a casteist remark, which turned out to be a Photoshopped image

After stopping BJP’s rath yatra, West Bengal government allows Hindu-hater Bangladeshi Maulana to address meetings in the state

BJP's rath yatra banned, Bangladeshi Islamic preacher welcomed in West Bengal
Image Source: Zee News

Sidhu knew of the opening before Imran Khan was sworn in, Kartarpur a bigger conspiracy by ISI: Captain Amarinder Singh

Pakistan General Bajwa had revealed the Kartarpur corridor news to Navjot Singh Sidhu even before Imran Khan was sworn in as their PM, Punjab CM Singh indicated “a bigger conspiracy" hatched by the Pak Army.
Vijay Mallya to be extradited

Big victory for India: UK court orders Vijay Mallya’s extradition who is wanted in India for a Rs. 9000 crore scam

The liquor baron, Vijay Mallya, is wanted in India in connection with an alleged scam worth Rs. 9000 crores and is to be extradited to India.

Can the BJP satisfy its online supporters? If only it were Congress

BJP supporters online, also known as the ‘right wing’, are first to attack the party and write it off after electoral setbacks.

When ‘anti-corruption crusader’ met the ‘Raja’ of 2G spectrum scam

Kejriwal, who till now has been religiously snubbed by Congress and its allies, is expected to participate in the meeting for the first time.

Latest articles

Connect with us

125,528FansLike
97,362FollowersFollow
6,057SubscribersSubscribe

Don't miss these