The country is all set to celebrate the 73rd Republic Day tomorrow. To commemorate the national festivity, here is a short essay that one can read and also share with friends and family. For students, this can also act as a good introductory speech for school functions.
The essay goes like this:
Republic Day, celebrated every year on January 26, is known to be the day that marks the coming into force of our constitution. Back in 1950, this day made our country democratically independent. It was due to the hard work of thinkers like Mahatma Gandhi and other freedom fighters that the supreme law or the Indian Constitution was enacted. Ever since then, it was declared a national holiday and is being celebrated as Republic Day every year.
However, the date ‘January 26’ holds special significance as to why the date was chosen as Republic Day. The date holds ample significance in the freedom struggle of India towards Swaraj. On December 29, 1929, the Congress session at Lahore passed a resolution that declared complete autonomy to be India’s goal. Consequently, a decision was made up to announce January 26 as Purna Swaraj day or the day of complete autonomy.
For the very first time, Purna Swaraj day was celebrated on January 26, 1930. In fact, up to 1947, the same day was observed as the day of complete independence. After that, August 15 got recognition as Independence Day. Celebrations on January 26 are mainly done in Delhi. A grand parade is hosted in which we see the participation of the Indian Military. Soon after the President of India unfurls the National Flag, people pay their respects and homage to our martyrs.
The bravehearts of the country are also presented with Asok Chakra, Paramvir Chakra and Vir Chakra. Moreover, children and citizens of the country are also shown appreciation with awards. In educational institutions as well, the day is celebrated with great fervour and joy. There are various cultural programmes held in the schools that involve essay writing competitions, speech, debate, etc.
This year’s celebration of Republic Day may be slightly affected as the country is going through the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the celebrations have been labelled under ‘Azaadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav’. Despite that, full-fledged rehearsals have taken place to add a five-star to the ceremony. There will be 25 tableaus including 12 states and union territories. Although all of us cannot witness the charms of the event from Delhi, we can still enjoy the grandeur from our televisions and mobile phones.