The Constitution of India came into effect on January 26, 1950, becoming the governing document of India and officially established India as an independent republic free from British rule.
Today, the nation celebrates India’s official “birthday” with Republic Day celebrations—the most notable in New Delhi, the nation’s capital. New Delhi’s Republic Day parade spans three days; starting at the President’s residence (known as Rashtrapati Bhavan), the parade proceeds along the Kartavya Path and includes a variety of events, ranging from marches by the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force to medal ceremonies, during which the President awards medals of bravery to outstanding soldiers in the Armed Forces to cultural float displays.
The parade culminates with an Indian Beating Retreat ceremony on the 27th, hosted by the President, which includes a live playing of the Indian National Anthem.
How to prepare
We’ll be closed on Republic Day—so make sure to turn on your out-of-office notifications.
How to get involved
Republic Day is about honoring India’s fight for freedom—and its eventual victory. If you want to honor India this Republic Day, here are a few ways to get involved:
- Attend a Republic Day parade or event
- Visit a library or museum to learn more about this history of Republic Day
- Donate to a charity or organization dedicated to preserving Indian history