Republic day 2024
India is preparing to commemorate its 75th Republic Day on January 26, 2024. Check out the history, significance, and why we celebrate it.
Every year on January 26, India celebrates Republic Day, commemorating the adoption of the Constitution in 1950. People across the country are gearing up for a day filled with patriotic fervour, cultural displays, and parades showcasing the diversity and unity of the nation.
Watching the Republic Day parade is a part of the holiday tradition. This year’s parade starts with a captivating performance by 100 women artists showcasing various Indian instruments. Notably, an all-women Tri-Service contingent will participate, marking a historic first in the history of Republic Day celebrations.
Upon gaining independence on 15 August 1947, India did not have an active constitution. A Drafting Committee, with Dr B.R. Ambedkar as the Chairman, was constituted on 29 August 1947.
On 4 November 1947, a formal draft of the Constitution was presented to the Constituent Assembly. The Constituent Assembly engaged in multiple sessions, ultimately adopting the Constitution on 24 January 1950.
On this significant day, 308 members of the Assembly signed two copies of the text, one in Hindi and the other in English, reaffirming India’s status as an independent republic.
The Constitution replaced the British Colonial Government of India Act (1935) as the foundational legal document. The Assembly aimed to institute the document on a day synonymous with national pride, choosing January 26.