On 26 January, India celebrates Republic Day. This public holiday is always celebrated on this date.
Republic Day is an important national holiday that commemorates the establishment of the Constitution of India.
The adoption of the constitution marked the transition to full independence from Britain as it ended Lord Mountbatten's role as governor-general of India.
26 January was chosen as the date for the adoption of the constitution as it was on 26 January 1930 when the Declaration of Indian Independence was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress.
The Indian Independence act was passed in Britain in July 1947 and India had become a dominion within the commonwealth on 15 August 1947. This event is remembered as Indian Independence Day, which is also a national holiday.
Republic Day is marked by parades, patriotic songs, exhibitions and fun, celebrating the cultural unity of India.
In Delhi, festivities last for a week with lots of special events and large parade that highlights each state.