Republic Day of India is a day to tribute the date when the Constitution of India came into action on 26 January 1950. The Constitution of India replaced the Government of India Act. It is the governing document of India. On 26 November 1949, the Indian Constituent Assembly approved the Constitution. On 26 January 1950, the constitution was into effect with a democratic system. It was the time when the transition was over to become an independent republic. We have also provided live streaming on this website. You can watch 26th January 2017 live parade on the same page.

When is Republic Day of India in 2016?

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The Republic Day of India is annually celebrated on 26 January. In 2017 it comes on Thursday.

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Why 26 January?

The Indian National Congress proclaimed for the Declaration of Indian Independence on 26 January 1930. Hence the day was selected as the Republic Day. The Republic Day is a National holiday in India. Independence and Gandhi Jayanti are the other two national holidays.

History of Republic day of India

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On 15 August 1947, India attained independence from British rule. India achieved independence after a significant peaceful independence movement. Mahatma Gandhi led the non-violent resistance and civil disobedience. Indian Independence Act 1947 gave India the Independence. The act partitioned India into two new countries, India and Pakistan. The law was of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. India got independence as a constitutional monarchy. Earl Mountbatten as governor-general and George VI as the head of the state.

India did not have a fixed constitution. The laws were according to the modified Government of Inda Act 1935. The drafting committee was appointed to draft a permanent constitution on 28 August 1947. The chairman of the committee was Dr. B R Ambedkar. 15 August is the date when India celebrates Independence Day, the freedom from British Rule. While Republic Day marks the day when the constitution came into action.

On November 4, 1947, a draft constitution was submitted to the assembly. Before adopting the constitution, the Assembly sat for 166 days which was spread over two years, eleven months and eighteen days. The assembly after few modifications signed the hand-written copies of the document. The 308 members of the assembly signed the Hindi and English copies of the constitution on 24 January 1950. The constitution came into action two days later on 26 January 1950.

26th January Celebrations in India

Republic Day celebration is held mainly in the capital New Delhi. The President of India organizes the event at Rajpath. The ceremonies and parades held at Rajpath display the unity in diversity and rich culture heritage of the country. On 67th Republic Day on 26 January 2016, the first parade took place on the full stretch of Marine Drive in Mumbai by the Protocol Department of the Government of Maharashtra.

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Indian Republic Day Parade on 26 January 2017.Indian Republic Day Parade on 26 January

Indian Army Parade on 26 January

The Chief Republic Day Parade is held in New Delhi. The parade starts from the gates of President’s residence the Rashtrapati Bhavan, past the India Gate on Rajpath the Raisina Hill. The event lasts three days and is the main attraction for the celebration of the Republic Day of India. The parade is a stage to show the country’s Defence Capability as well as the rich cultural and the social heritage.

Live streaming of 26th January Parade 2017

You can watch 26th January (Republic day) parade live (online) on DD national website as well government website of India.

On the day nine to twelve different regiments of the Indian Army participate. The Navy and the Air Force march past with their official decorations and formal dress. The commander-in-chief of the Indian Armed Forces is the President of India who takes the salute on Republic Day. The para-military force of India and other civil forces also take part in the parade.

After the end of Republic Day festivities, the Beating Retreat ceremony begins. The service is conducted after the third day of Republic Day on 29 January. The Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force bands perform on the day. The Raisina Hill is the venue for the event. The President of India is the chief guest escorted by the cavalry unit.

On arrival of the President, the PBG commander asks the group to give National Salute.

Then after the National Anthem Jana Gana Mana is played by the army. The army makes a band including Military Bands, Buglers, Pipe and Drum Bands, Trumpeters from various regiments take part. The Navy and Air Force bands don’t take part in it. Popular tunes are played on the day including Abide With Me and “Saare Jahan Se Achcha.”

Chief Guest on Republic Day of India

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On Republic Day India hosts a head of State or Government of another country as the guest of honor. This has been going since 1950. The Republic Day celebrations were organized at different venues from 1950-1954. The chief guest is chosen after seeing economic and political interests. Twice India has hosted two countries on the same Republic Day in 1968 and 1974. Below is the list of countries hosted on Republic Day of India.

Sr.No.YearGuest nameCountry
11950President Sukarno  Indonesia
21951King Tribhuvan Bir Bikram ShahNepal
31952No Information
41953No Information
51954King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck  Bhutan
61955Governor General Malik Ghulam Muhammad  Pakistan
71956No Information
81957No Information
91958Marshall Ye Jianying China
101959Information unavailable
111960Chairman Kliment Voroshilov Soviet Union
121961Queen Elizabeth II  United Kingdom
131962No Information
141963King Norodom Sihanouk  Cambodia
151964No Information
161965Food and Agriculture Minister Rana Abdul Hamid Pakistan
171966No Information
181967No Information
191968Chairman Alexei Kosygin Soviet Union
20President Josip Broz Tito  Yugoslavia
211969Prime Minister Todor Zhivkov Bulgaria
221970Information unavailable
231971President Julius Nyerere  Tanzania
241972Prime Minister Seewoosagur Ramgoolam  Mauritius
251973President Mobutu Sese Seko Zaire
261974President Josip Broz Tito Yugoslavia
27Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike  Sri Lanka
281975President Kenneth Kaunda  Zambia
291976Prime Minister Jacques Chirac  France
301977First Secretary Edward Gierek  Poland
311978President Patrick Hillery  Ireland
321979Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser  Australia
331980President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing France
341981President Jose Lopez Portillo Mexico
351982King Juan Carlos I Spain
361983President Shehu Shagari Nigeria
371984King Jigme Singye Wangchuck Bhutan
381985President Raúl Alfonsín  Argentina
391986Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou Greece
401987President Alan Garcia Peru
411988President J. R. Jayewardene Sri Lanka
421989General Secretary Nguyen Van Linh Vietnam
431990Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth Mauritius
441991President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom Maldives
451992President Mário Soares Portugal
461993Prime Minister John Major United Kingdom
471994Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong Singapore
481995President Nelson Mandela South Africa
491996President Fernando Henrique Cardoso Brazil
501997Prime Minister Basdeo Panday Trinidad and Tobago
511998President Jacques Chirac France
521999King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah DevNepal
532000President Olusegun Obasanjo Nigeria
542001President Abdelaziz Bouteflika Algeria
552002President Cassam Uteem Mauritius
562003President Mohammed Khatami Iran
572004President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva  Brazil
582005King Jigme Singye Wangchuck Bhutan
592006King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud Saudi Arabia
602007President Vladimir Putin  Russia
612008President Nicolas Sarkozy France
622009President Nursultan Nazarbayev Kazakhstan
632010President Lee Myung Bak South Korea
642011President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Indonesia
652012Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Thailand
662013King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck Bhutan
672014Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Japan
682015President Barack Obama United States
692016President François Hollande France
702017Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan  United Arab Emirates