The Republic Day of India marks the occasion of empowerment of the Indian citizens through the Constitution of India. It was on this day in 1950 that the Indian Constitution came into existence. It is a vital document that presents laws, duties, and rights to the citizens of the country. India marks a national holiday on the occasion of Republic Day, which commemorates the process of the structure of the Indian constitution.

Every year, the citizens of India celebrate Republic Day by marking several important events on this day. This year, the celebrations will surely get curtailed again due to COVID-19, yet there are many gripping additions to the celebrations. One of the major attractions of the Republic Day celebrations is the grand parade in Delhi. The Parade starts with the hoisting of the national flag and following this, there is a grand marching of several regiments of the defense forces of India.

This year, due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, the grand parade which generally starts from Raisina Hills and goes through Rajpath - India Gate till Red Fort would now only go up to the National Stadium. Yet, the most special aspect of this year’s parade is that it will see the largest flypast ever. This flypast will have a participation of 75 aircraft to mark the “Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav” celebrations. It is important to note that the number of people at the parade has been curtailed due to the COVID-19 protocols.

The grand celebrations of Republic Day also recognize the brave personnel in different defense forces and some outstanding civilians who have performed acts of bravery. Awards of eight different categories are provided to honour the recipients working extraordinarily in their respective fields. These eight different categories of awards include Padma, Gallantry, Presidents Police, Correctional Service, Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar, President’s Fire Medals, Civil Defence, or Home Guard and Jeevan Raksha Padak.

The celebrations of Republic Day 2022 have already started on 23 January, which was Netaji Bose’s 125th birth anniversary. These celebrations will be continued after 26 January as well. There will be a Beating Retreat this year on 29 January on which 26 unique tunes will be played, just like last year. However, this year all the tunes will be Indian, coinciding with 75 Years of Independence. Moreover, there will be no movie songs in the Republic Day parade this year, and civilians can watch this parade live on and celebrate Republic Day with great zeal and enthusiasm.

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