India will be celebrating its 68th Republic Day on 26 January. The day is marked by a grand parade that takes place in the capital, Delhi. Republic Day is just a day away, and, on this day; Indian’s wear traditional clothes to celebrate the day with unity, and, brotherhood. It takes months for the preparations to make sure that the Republic Day Parade is a success as it showcases that country’s defence capabilities along with India’s culture, and, heritage. From the Rashtrapati Bhavan along Rajpath, and, past the India Gate, soldiers march their way before the President hoists the National Flag, and, everyone stands up for the national anthem.
This year, the 68th Republic Day parade will see an amalgamation of varied themes in a tribute to the nation’s journey so far and big since it first became a republic. The participating tableaux will essay themes which includes, Green India- Clean India, Beti Bacho Beti Padhao, Skill India, a tribute to Lokmanya Tilak on his 160th birth anniversary, art and lifestyle of Kutch, model Government schools of Delhi and several others.
Here are the following things you can expect from this Republic Day 2017 Parade:
- The Presidential speech on the eve of Republic Day is a much anticipated occassion for all the Indians and the citizens can watch the speech by President Pranab Mukherjee here. Ambassadors, in their respective countries, read out the speech in the embassies before celebrations begin.
- The states that will walk the parade this year includes Delhi, Goa, Odisha, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Gujarat, Lakshadweep, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir and Assam. Delhi is returning after three years. Its tableaux will showcase a model government school; highlight how the recent government initiatives have transformed the state-managed schools.
- Before the parade, Commander will lead the entourage; four helicopters of the Indian Air Force will fly-past the President and the Chief Guests carrying the national flag and the flags of the three services. The helicopters will also shower flower petals on those seated below.
- The main highlight of this year’s Parade will be a fly-past from Tejas, India’s single-seat, single-jet engine and multi-role light fighter which is designed for the Indian Army and Navy. Another is the marching contingent of National Security Guards (NSG) who is popularly known as black cat commandos.
- The parade will also include bike stunts by the armed forces, which is an annual tradition, before the grand finale of the event, a fly-past by the fighter jets.
- A contingent of 162 students from KV Pitampura of Delhi Region will represent the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan in the Republic Day parade and will present the cultural items. The students will perform a Dance performance on Hindi song “Tiranga Sakshi Hai” at the Rajpath. The song will highlight the ideas of strong democracy, women empowerment, and sacrifice of freedom fighters and cultural as well as communal harmony of the country.
- The marching contingent of United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces will be another attraction. United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be the Chief Guests of the 68th Republic Day parade in New Delhi.
- While Arunachal Pradesh’s Yal dance and Tripura’s tribal dance ‘Hojagiri’ will entertain the guests. Karnataka will display its folk dance and Tamil Nadu will showcase its ‘Karakattam’ dance. Punjab tableau will feature the “Jago Aiya” dance which is a popular dance form that takes place one night before a Punjabi wedding.
- Lakshdweep will be participating after 23 years and will portray itself as an unexplored destination for “adventure sport-nature tourism”. Whereas the Haryana tableau will be based on the popular ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign.
- The Cultural Performances include choreographed Folk / Tribal Dances and Music from across the country arranged through the North Zonal Cultural Centre as well as performances by cultural troupes from the different States/ UTs of the country.