Republic Day in India Date in the current year: January 26, 2018

Republic Day in India Republic Day is one of the three national holidays in India, along with Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi's birthday. It is celebrated on January 26, honoring the date on which the country’s constitution came into force in 1950.

India proclaimed its independence from Great Britain on August 15, 1947. Two weeks later, a special committee was appointed to draft the Constitution of India because the country did not have one yet. The constitution was passed on November 26, 1949 but came into force on January 26, 1950. The anniversary of this event was declared a public holiday.

Republic Day is widely celebrated throughout the country, but the main celebration is held in New Delhi, the capital of India. On the occasion of the holiday, the annual parade is held at Rajpah, the ceremonial boulevard in the center of the city.

Before the Republic Day parade begins, the Prime Minister lays a wreath at the Flame of the Immortal Soldier (Amar Jawan Jyoti) under the India Gate. The wreath laying ceremony is followed by a two minute silence.

The end of the festivities is marked by the Beating Retreat, a military ceremony that is conducted on the evening of January 29. It is performed by the bands the Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.

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