75th India Republic Day 2024 - History, Parade and Celebration (2024)

Celebrated on January 26th every year, India Republic Day is one of the three national festivals of India; the others are Independence Day (August 15th) and Gandhi Jayanti (October 2nd). It signifies the day when the constitution of independent India was implemented in 1950.

Is Republic Day a holiday?

Republic Day is a gazetted holiday in India. The day is a matter of great pride for the entire country and therefore a public holiday. It is an off in all schools and colleges, and most private and public offices, except for necessary sectors like the police, railways, civil aviation, fire service and tertiary healthcare.

Republic Day Information

EnglishRepublic Day
Hindiगणतंत्र दिवस
ObservedbyIndia
TypeNational
SignificanceInception of the Constitution of India
CelebrationsParades, distribution of sweets in schools, Republic Day speeches and cultural dances
Date26-Jan’2024, Friday
FrequencyAnnual
First Observed Year1950
Type of holidayPublic holiday,National day
Chief Guest (Year 2024)Emmanuel Macron (President of France)

India Republic Day History and Significance

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Republic Day History | Republic Day 2024

The Constitution of India, created by a committee led by Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, was adopted on 26th November 1949, but it came into full effect only in 1950. The reason for implementing the constitution on January 26th was that it was this very day in 1930 when the call for Purna Swaraj, meaning complete independence, was given by the Indian National Congress. Though India became independent on August 15th 1947, it was not completely independent as India was declared a constitutional monarchy under George VI with Lord Mountbatten as the Governor-General. As India didn’t have a constitution then, its laws were mainly modified versions of the Government of India Act 1935.

The Drafting Committee, with BR Ambedkar as its chairman, was appointed on August 28th 1947 to create the Constitution of India. It met over 166 days as part of sessions that were open to the general public. After deliberating for two years, two handwritten copies (one each in English and Hindi) were signed by the 308-strong committee on January 24th. It was finally implemented two days later, which also marked the beginning of the presidential term of Dr Rajendra Prasad.

Celebrations of Republic Day 2024

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Republic Day 2024 | Republic Day Celebrations

Military parades mark the celebrations in India; the grandest among these takes place in Delhi, the national capital. The parade starts from Raisina Hill, the location of Rashtrapati Bhavan, and goes on to the Red Fort via Kartavya Path. It features marching contingents from the three armed forces, paramilitary forces, police and NCC, tanks, missiles, missile systems, rocket launchers, radars, dancing school children, vibrantly decorated tableaux representing Indian states or ministries, and daring stunts on motorcycles. Another inseparable part of the celebrations is the national flag hoisting and singing of the National Anthem. However, the spectacle that people most eagerly await is the flypast by the Indian Air Force, featuring fighter aircraft and tankers gliding over Kartavya Path Rajpath. Similar celebrations, though on a much smaller scale, are held in all major cities. People greet each other with Happy Republic Day 2024.

Honours and Awards Distribution on India Republic Day

Award and honour presentation ceremony for defence personnel, police and children is held on India Republic Day. Soldiers who have performed outstanding deeds of bravery and selfless sacrifice are awarded the bravery medals, Param Vir Chakra, Vir Chakra and Maha Vir Chakra. Children are honoured with Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar.

Beating Retreat

The Beating Retreat Ceremony is held on the 29th of January every year, marking the end of the India Republic Day Celebration. Here is the sequence of the Beating Retreat:

  • The Beating Retreat ceremony begins with the three services massed bands marching in sync to popular marching anthems like Qadam Qadam Badaye ja, Colonel Bogey March, and Sons of the Brave. Bands from the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy follow this.
  • Then, the classic Scottish and Indian tunes such as Neer’s Sagar Samrat, Gurkha Brigade, and Chaandni are played by the Indian Army on pipes and drums.
  • Pipe bands also perform compound marches and the formation of numbers.
  • Each of the 5 or 6 band contingents marches forward & takes place near the President’s chair.
  • Then, the Drummer’s Call is a solo performance by drummers, which are from the Indian Army’s pipe bands.
  • The buglers now play the sunset bugle call, and all the flags are slowly lowered down.
  • Then, the master of the band marches toward the President to seek his permission to remove the bands and inform him that the closing ceremony has ended.

Delhi Republic Day Parade:

The 75th Republic Day Parade is held every year on the 26th of January at Kartavya Path. The Republic Day Parade timing is 10:00 a.m. after flag hoisting and continues for three hours.

Delhi Republic Day Parade Ticket Prices:

Ticket Price Range (26th January)₹ 20 – ₹ 500
January 7 to January 25 (except 23rdJan)10 AM – 12.30 PM and 2 PM – 4.30 PM
Jan-24In the afternoon due to Full Dress Rehearsal

Republic Day Parade Ticket Category:

Category

Price (INR)

View

Reserved

500

Most in-demand, Least supply, Excellent view if secured early, One ticket per ID.

Unreserved

100

Decent views, More availability, Two tickets per ID.

Unreserved

20

Readily available, Limited view.

  • Online booking options are also available for India Republic Day Parade tickets.
  • Offline Ticket Counters
    • Sena Bhawan (Gate No. 2)
    • Pragati Maidan (Gate No. 1)
    • North Block Gol Chakkar
    • Jamnagar House (Opposite India Gate)
    • Jantar Mantar (Main Gate)
    • Shastri Bhawan (Gate No. 3)
    • Lal Qila (Inside 15 August park and opposite Jain Temple)
    • Parliament House (Special counter for MPs)
  • Things to Remember:
    • Carry a valid photo ID proof (Aadhar, Voter’s card) at the time of buying tickets and also at the Republic Day Parade
    • Don’t carry a video recorder, camera as it’s strictly prohibited
    • Wear warm clothes as the R-Day will be a cold day

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India Republic Day Wishes

Here are some popular India Republic Day wishes:

  • May the spirit of 75th Republic Day resonate with the symphony of unity, peace, and progress in your life. Happy Republic Day 2024!
  • Wishing you an India Republic Day filled with vibrant colours, patriotic fervour, and a renewed sense of purpose for a brighter tomorrow!
  • Let’s celebrate the unwavering spirit of our Republic by embracing the values of inclusivity, equality, and justice for all. Happy Republic Day 2024!
  • May the strength of the Indian democracy inspire us to build a nation where every dream finds its wings. Happy Republic Day 2024!
  • As we celebrate the dawn of another Republic Day, let’s pledge to uphold the ideals of our constitution and work towards a more prosperous and just India. Happy Republic Day 2024!
  • May the tricolour of India continue to wave high, symbolizing the spirit of unity, diversity, and resilience that defines our nation. Happy Republic Day 2024!
  • Here’s to celebrating the spirit of Republic Day with a renewed commitment to building a stronger, more inclusive India for all. Happy Republic Day 2024!

India Republic Day Calendar for 10 Years

Day

Year

Event

Tuesday

2021

Republic Day

Wednesday

2022

Republic Day

Thursday

2023

Republic Day

Friday

2024

Republic Day

Sunday

2025

Republic Day

Monday

2026

Republic Day

Tuesday

2027

Republic Day

Wednesday

2028

Republic Day

Friday

2029

Republic Day

Saturday

2030

Republic Day

Other Festivals in India with Holiday Type

Festivals in IndiaDayDateHoliday Type
New Year’s DayMon01-JanRestricted Holiday
LohriSat13-JanRestricted Holiday
Makar SankrantiSun14-JanRestricted Holiday
PongalMon15-JanRestricted Holiday
Guru Gobind Singh JayantiWed17-JanRestricted Holiday
Republic DayFri26-JanGazetted Holiday
LosarSat10-FebRestricted Holiday
Basant PanchmiWed14-FebRestricted Holiday
Guru Ravidas JayantiSat24-FebGazetted Holiday
Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati JayantiWed6-MarRestricted Holiday
MahashivratriFri8-MarGazetted Holiday
HoliMon25-MarchGazetted Holiday
Good FridayFri29-MarGazetted Holiday
Easter DaySun31-MarRestricted Holiday
Gudi PadwaTue9-AprRestricted Holiday
Eid-ul-FitrWed10-AprGazetted Holiday
Vaisakhi (Vishu)Sat13-AprRestricted Holiday
Rama NavamiWed17-AprGazetted Holiday
Mahavir JayantiSun21-AprGazetted Holiday
Rabindra JayantiWed8-MayRestricted Holiday
Buddha Purnima (Vesak)Thu23-MayGazetted Holiday
Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid)Mon17-JunRestricted Holiday
Rath YatraSun7-JulGazetted Holiday
Muharram (Ashura)Wed17-JulGazetted Holiday
Independence DayThu15-AugGazetted Holiday
Parsi New Year’s Day (Nauraz)Thu15-AugPublic Holiday
Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)Mon19-AugRestricted Holiday
JanmashtamiMon26-AugRestricted Holiday
Ganesh ChaturthiSat7-SepRestricted Holiday
OnamSun15-SepRestricted Holiday
Milad-un-Nabi or Id-e- MiladMon16-SepGazetted Holiday
Gandhi JayantiWed02-OctGazetted Holiday
DussehraSat12-OctGazetted Holiday
Valmiki JayantiThu17-OctRestricted Holiday
Karva ChauthSun20-OctGazetted Holiday
DhanterasTue29-OctRestricted Holiday
Kali PujaThu31-OctGazetted Holiday
Halloween DayThu31-OctNo Holiday
DiwaliFri1-NovGazetted Holiday
Lakshmi PujaFri1-NovGazetted Holiday
Karnataka RajyotsavaFri1-NovGazetted Holiday
Kerala PiraviFri1-NovGazetted Holiday
Govardhan PujaSat2-NovGazetted Holiday
Bhai DoojSun3-NovGazetted Holiday
Chhath PujaThu7-NovGazetted Holiday
Guru Nanak JayantiFri15-NovGazetted Holiday
ChristmasWed25-DecPublic Holiday

FAQs

Q. Who is the chief guest on 26 January 2024?

A. The chief guest for India Republic Day 2024 is Emmanuel Macron, the President of France.

Q. What is the time of the Republic Day parade live telecast?

A. The live telecast of the India Republic Day will begin at 7:30 am. The Republic Day Parade will start at 10:00 am after the flag-hoisting ceremony.

Q. What is Republic Day’s importance?

A. This important day marks the transition of India from a British colony to a republic. India Republic Day signifies unity and national pride. Republic Day meaning can be described as when the Constitution of India came into effect.

75th India Republic Day 2024 - History, Parade and Celebration (2024)

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