Facts About Republic Day You Probably Don't Know

India is a great country famous for a saying “Unity in Diversity” where people of more than one religions living together with complete understanding, patience and brotherhood. So, National events like 26 January and 15 August are some extraordinary moments for all Indian which they celebrate together. Republic day is a day of pride for all the Indian nationals. As we see the flag unfurl on January 26th every year, our hearts are filled with respect and pride about being an Indian. Let's look at some interesting fact about republic day:-

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1.  The Constitution of India is the longest written Constitution in the world available in Hindi and English. It has incorporated 448 Articles in 22 Parts, 12 Schedules, and 97 Amendments, and cannot be read in a single day.
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2. January 26, 1930 was earlier celebrated as India's Independence Day or Purna Swaraj Day. It's the day India decided to fight for complete freedom.

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3. The Republic Day celebrations last for three days, ending with ‘Beating the Retreat’, a military ceremony held on January 29 every year. It was first started in the 1950s by Major Roberts of the Indian Army.

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4. The first Republic Day parade was held at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium and was attended by 15,000 civilians.

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5. The Constitution came into a legal circulation at 10:18 AM on the 26th of January, 1950.

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6. A Christian song, Abide With Me, is played at the Republic Day Parade. It was one of Mahatma Gandhi's favorite songs.

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7. Drafting the Constitution was a herculean task. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar took 2 years and 11 months to draft the Indian Constitution.

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8. The first R-Day parade at Rajpath was held in 1955.

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9. Republic day is chosen as the day to give away bravery awards to deserving candidates. The awards that are given away are Bharat Ratna, Padma Bhushan, Veer Chakra, Maha Veer Chakra, Param Veer Chakra, Kirti Chakra and Ashoka Chakra.

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