Republic Day is the celebration of India and by far one of the major Indian festivals.
Republic Day is not only the celebration of our constitution, but it’s also the celebration of being Indian.
We all feel a sense of pride when the national flag is hoisted every year on the 26th of January, but did you know that approximately 2 lakh people come to watch the parade that’s a celebration of the vibrant democracy known as India.
In this article, we will look at a few interesting facts:
An Early Start
We all love our blankets in the cold wintery mornings and would rather stay in it than get out bed.
However, it’s an entirely different story for the thousands of participants who take part in the parade each year.
Participants wake up and get ready by 2 AM and arrive at Rajpath by 3 AM in the morning.
However, the practice for this spectacle begins way early in July, that too the previous year.
Every participating member from all over the country is informed as early as a year in advance, and they reach Delhi by December for the parade.
By then, they would have already given in 600 hours of practice time before the final event held on the 26th of January.
Loading out the Big Guns
The Tanks, Armored Personnel Carriers and other armored vehicles are parked at a special camp near the India Gate.
They are the pinnacle of firepower of the Indian defense forces, and each cannon goes through 10 stages of careful examination before the final event.
Ensuring Safety and Security
All of us know that managing such a huge event is not only a logistical nightmare, it’s also a gargantuan task from a security perspective.
Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if we told you that every defense personnel has to cross 4 levels of security clearance before making it to the parade.
Moreover, every weapon is thoroughly checked to ensure that there are no live rounds.
It’s No Small Walk
Every group has to cover a distance of 12 km; however, on the day of the event, it is reduced to 9 km (still no small feat).
Throughout the entire event, the groups are judged on 200 parameters before one of them is accorded the title of the “Best Marching Group.”
The Grand Finale
By far, the “Flypast” is the most visually stunning of all the views, and a large number of people gather to watch it unfold on the 26th of January.
Did you know that the Western Airforce Command is in-charge of the flypast consisting of 41 airplanes?
Moreover, the synchronicity is such, that even though the airplanes take-off from different places, they all reach Rajpath at the same time.
Food for thought, isn’t it?
Republic Day is just around the corner, and we at Junglee Rummy salute the spirit of India.
Moreover, we hope that you enjoyed reading these few facts about the Republic Day Parade as much as we enjoyed writing it!