5 Fun Facts About The Republic Day Parade In India

Rajpath hasn’t always been the official address for Republic Day celebrations For the first four years after the enforcement of the Indian Constitution on Republic Day. It was held in various venues like Irwin Stadium, Kingsway, Red Fort, and Ramlila Grounds between 1950 and 1954.

Indian Air Force was once called the Royal Air Force It wasn’t until 1950 that the Royal Air Force came to be known as the Indian Air Force.

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The lion head from the Ashoka Pillar in Sarnath was adopted as the national emblem The national emblem, officially referred to as the State Emblem of India post-independence, is inspired by the Lion Capital, built by Emperor Ashoka in 250 BCE, as preserved in the Sarnath Museum near Varanasi.

The parade concludes with a Christian hymn “Abide with me” The hymn is believed to have been the favourite of the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

Queen Elibazeth was the Chief Guest at the Republic Day parade in 1961 In 1961, India decided to host the royal from Britain as the chief guest for the auspicious day.