All of us know that Republic Day of India is celebrated on January 26 every year, but very few of us are aware of certain facts associated with this auspicious day. Read on to learn about the 10 facts your child must know about the Republic Day of India.
January 26, the Republic Day of India, is a concrete part of the history of India and is a grand affair till date. Watching television on this day has become a ritual which most people follow as this day is also a national holiday. The ceremonies from New Delhi, the Capital of India, are broadcasted live on television so that millions of viewers all over the country can participate and feel involved in the celebration.
You should explain this to your children that Republic Day is not just another holiday meant to enjoy and have fun. Let them know about the real significance of the day and behind all celebrations as well.
Significance of Republic Day
Republic day of India is celebrated on January 26 because on this day the constitution of India which was written by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar came into force. It was on this day in 1930 that â€˜Purna Swarajâ€™ was declared. The Indian national congress and many other parties used to celebrate January 26 as a symbol of independence even before India became an independent nation.
Laws Followed Before the Constitution Came into Force
When India gained independence on August 15, 1947 the laws of the governance was based on the colonial Government of India Act 1935.
Number of Days Taken to Finalise the Constitution
Although a draft of the constitution of India was presented on November 4, 1947, it took 2 years, 11 months and 18 days to finalise the constitution of India. Two copies of the document were signed by the Assembly on January 24, 1950.
Time and Date on Which Constitution Came into Being
The constitution of India came into being on January 26, 1950 from 10.18 am.
Longest Constitution in the World
No nation in this world has a constitution which is as long as our constitution. It is the longest constitution in the world. It is not possible to read our constitution in one day.
Our Constitution is Calligraphed
The constitution has not been printed, but calligraphed. There are two original copies, one in Hindi and one in English, which are preserved in the Parliament of India.
Republic Day is Addressed by President
Every year, the President of India addresses the Republic Day.
Awards Presented on Republic Day
The prestigious bravery awards are presented by the President of India on the Republic Day every year. These awards are given to Indian Armed Forces and civilians for their courage and acts of bravery. Children who have also showed acts of bravery are awarded with National Bravery Award.
Republic Day is Actually Observed for Three Days
The Republic Day celebration, in reality, lasts for three days. The end of the Republic Day function is with the Beating Retreat which is held on the third day.
How does Celebration Ends?
During the Beating Retreat, the song, â€˜Abide with Meâ€™ is played which is to indicate the end of the celebration.
In addition to the above facts, patriotic songs are played and sung in every part of India. The songs that are chosen are usually in which the lyricists have paid tribute to all the struggles and sacrifices that people made to help India get independence.
Republic Day signifies the real spirit of the independent India. The 21 gun salute that is offered is a naval and military mark of honour. It takes 52 seconds to sing the National Anthem.
The chief guest for the Republic Day of India is different every year and usually the head of the states or the ruling governments from all over the world are invited. This helps maintain good relation and improve the connections with the other nations of the world that are also peace loving. Let your child know the facts behind celebrating one of the most important days as an Indian. Jai Hind!
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