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Celebrating India Republic Day 2014


At the Republic Day Parade at Rajpath.
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When is India Republic Day Celebrated:

Republic Day in India falls on January 26 every year.

What is the Meaning of Republic Day in India:

Republic Day marks India's adoption of a republic constitution on January 26, 1950, after gaining of independence from British rule in 1947. Understandably, this makes it an occasion that's close to the hearts of all Indians. Republic Day is one of three national holidays in India. The other two are Independence Day (August 15) and Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday (October 2).

How is Republic Day Celebrated in India:

Festivities take place on a grand scale in Delhi, India's capital. Traditionally, the highlight is the Republic Day Parade. It features contingents and displays from the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The parade also includes colorful floats from each of India's states. Smaller parades are held in each state as well.

Additional Information about Republic Day in India:

Those who'd like to have an alcoholic toast to celebrate Republic Day should note that it's a dry day across India. This means that shops and bars, except for those in five star hotels, won't be selling alcohol. It's usually still readily available in Goa though.

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