India celebrates it's 60th Republic Day o the 26th of Jan' 2009. This year saw the Republic Day chief guest as the Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. India's 60th Republic Day was the nation's first such celebration without a Prime Minister, as Dr. Manmohan Singh is recuperating from his heart operation.
Republic Day, celebrated on January 26th every year, is one of India’s most important national events. It was on January 26th, 1950 that the constitution of India came into force and India became a truly Sovereign, Democratic and Republic state. On this day, India finally enjoyed the freedom of spirit, rule of law and fundamental principle of governance. The patriotic fervor of the Indian people on this day brings the whole country together even in her embedded diversity.
What happens on the Republic Day Celebrations:
The main celebrations are held in the form of a colourful parade near India Gate in New Delhi. The parade showcasing India's military might and cultural diversity covers a 8 km route, starting from the Rashtrapati Bhavan through the picturesque Rajpath down to India Gate before winding up at the historic Red Fort in Old Delhi.
After the march past comes the cultural extravaganza consisting of floats presented by the various states, also knowsn as jhankis and performances by school children. After the floats, the bravery awards winning children from all over the country enter on elephants.
A spectacular fly-past by Air Force and Naval aircraft rounds off this not-to-be missed experience. The parade is followed by a pageant of spectacular displays from the different states of the country. These moving exhibits depict scenes of activities of people in those states and the music and songs of that particular state accompany each display.