26th January, The Republic Day is a very important date in the Indian Constitution. When we think of 26th January, the first thing that comes to our mind is the fact that it is a Public Holiday. While sure, public holidays do bring in great excitement, but somewhere around the excitement the significance of this important day gets lost. As a matter of fact, over 60% Indians have no idea what Republic Day is. Therefore, as a responsible citizen of the country, it is important that we know more about this day.
Here are a few interesting facts about Republic Day that every Indian needs to know about
1. India has the longest written Constitution in the world with 448 articles in 22 Parts, 12 Schedules and 97 Amendments.
2. Hindi was declared as the national language on January 26th, 1965.
3. The winners of the National Awards like Bharat Ratna, Kirti Chakra and Padma Awards are announced on the eve of Republic Day. The winners are then awarded on the Republic Day by the President of India.
4. The Indian Air Force came into existence on Republic Day. Before Republic Day, the Indian Air Force was a controlled body, but after Republic Day, Indian Air Force became an independent body.
5. The Constitution of India was drafted by Dr. B.R Ambedkar. It took him 2 years and 11 months to draft the Indian Constitution.
6. Before the Constitution could come into existence, India followed British Government.
7. The Republic Day Celebration goes on for 3 days. The celebration ends on 29th January with the Beating Retreat ceremony.
8. Every year, the Prime Minister/ President/ or Ruler of any nation is invited as a guest for the 26th January parade.
9. The performers at the famous Republic Day Parade held in Delhi, put in 600 hours of practice before the performance. The Practice begins somewhere in July in the previous year and goes on till a day before the performance.
10. The “Flypast” plays a very important role in the celebration. Here the India Airforce creates the tri-colour in the sky, which involves 41 Aircrafts.