Republic Day in India in 2021

Republic Day in India in 2021
The Taj Mahal is a marble mausoleum in the Indian city of Agra.

  How long until Republic Day?
This holiday next takes place in 205 days.
  Dates of Republic Day in India
2022 India Wed, Jan 26 Public Holiday
2021 India Tue, Jan 26 Public Holiday
2020 India Sun, Jan 26 Public Holiday
2019 India Sat, Jan 26 Public Holiday
2018 India Fri, Jan 26 Public Holiday
  Summary
Indian Republic Day is celebrated on January 26th and commemorates the establishment of the Constitution of India.

When is Indian Republic Day?

On January 26th, India celebrates Republic Day.

Also known informally as R-Day, this public holiday is one of four national holidays and is always celebrated on this date.

History of Indian Republic Day

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.

The Drafting Committee, headed by Dr. BR Ambedkar took around 2 years and 11 months to put together the Indian Constitution.

Did you know?

Initially consisting of 397 articles and 12 schedules, the Indian Constitution has since had over 100 amendments, and now has 448 articles in 25 parts and 12 schedules, making it the longest Constitution in the world, befitting the world's largest democracy.

January 26th was chosen as the date for the adoption of the constitution as it was on January 26th 1930 when Purna Swaraj, 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 August 15th 1947. This event is remembered as Indian Independence Day, which is also a national holiday.

How is Indian Republic Day celebrated?

Republic Day has been marked by parades, patriotic songs, exhibitions and fun, celebrating the cultural unity of India since 1950, when it was first officially celebrated.

The Christian hymn titled 'Abide With Me', is played to mark the end of R-Day celebrations. It is believed to have been one of Mahatma Gandhi's favourite songs.

The Delhi Republic Day Parade is organised by the Ministry of Defence, it starts from the Rashtrapati Bhavan gates and puts forth India’s defence capabilities, cultural and social heritage and puts the diversity of the country on the limelight. The festivities in Delhi last for a week with lots of special events and a large parade that highlights each state.

This holiday is a dry day in India when the sale of alcohol is not permitted.

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