Republic day in India is celebrated every year with great honour on 26th of January to honour the Constitution of India as it came into force on the same day in the year 1950. It had replaced the Government of India Act, 1935 into the governing document of the India.
The new Indian constitution was sketched and approved by the Indian Constituent Assembly and decided to celebrate it on 26th of January every year as India became a republic.
The chief guest on Republic Day of India in 2016 will be the French President Francois Hollande.
This is first time in the Indian history since 1950 that French contingent will participate in the Republic Day parade of India together with the Indian armed forces.
As Independence Day in India is celebrated to enjoy the freedom of India from the British Rule, Republic Day in India is celebrated to commemorate the coming of its own constitution into force. Officially it is celebrated every year in the national capital of India (New Delhi) at the Rajpath in the presence of the President of India. Mini celebrations are also take place in the state capitals in the presence of the governor of the state by spreading out the National Flag of the country.
January 26 is declared a holiday all over the country by the Government of India. It is celebrated throughout the India with great enthusiasm by the students and teachers in the schools, colleges, universities and other educational institution.
Events and celebrations are organized with great effort by the Government of India already to celebrate the Republic Day in the Capital. A huge and grand military parade is held in the New Delhi at Rajpath as well as the state capitals. Participants from the Indian Army, Air Force, Navy and traditional dance group takes part at the event.
A range of traditional and cultural programs are performed by the professionals from different states to focus the history and culture of the country.
US President, Barack Obama was the chief guest of Republic Day celebration of India 2015
US President was honoured by the “Guard of Honour” (led by the Puja Thakur, a wing commander) at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in evening on 25th of January. In the night he was honoured with the most excellent dinner with 200 personalities of India. He also paid tribute with flowers and folded hands to the Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat, New Delhi
India celebrates Independence Day on 15 August.
Mr. Randhir Jaiswal, Consul General of India, Johannesburg hoisted the Indian Flag in SA and delivered a speech from the Indian President.
Some of the highlights of today’s celebration at the Indian Consulate in Johannesburg: