How and Where the First Republic Day was celebrated?

Chander Mohan
Chander Mohan

Each year Republic Day is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm. There is a sense of excitement and pride within Indians and they look forward to the upcoming Republic Day. Since years we see people selling National Flags of different sizes near red lights, markets, and stationery shops etc. The best thing about Republic Day is the parade from Vijay Chowk to India Gate than to Red Fort by our forces. Army tanks and other things related to the security forces are shown on this Day. 

There are many things that come in our mind when we think of 26th January like when, how and where was the First Republic Day celebrated and what is the significance of showcasing security forces grand slam that day? Let’s know about all this through this article.

On 26 January, 1950 India became a Republic at 10.18 am.  A few minutes later, at 10.24 am Dr. Rajendra Prasad was sworn in as the first President of India. The first Constitution of India was handwritten in Hindi and in English. It was signed by the members of the Constituent Assembly on 24 January, 1950. These copies are still preserved in the Parliament’s library and are one of the significant relics of independent India. 

Between 1950 and 1954, India did not have a fixed venue for the Republic Day celebration. 

In August 1947, British India was divided into the independent nations of India and Pakistan. With this, though independent, India remained a constitutional monarchy with King George VI as its head of state. Earl Mountbatten stayed on as the Governor-General of India. The Constituent Assembly of India had been set up (in 1946) and its members had been elected. The Constituent Assembly of India had a very significant task ahead of them – drafting the Constitution of what would later become the most populous democracy of the world. After much debate, detailed discussions, and with the help of a broad, inclusive outlook the members put together the longest written constitution of the world It contains 444 articles in 22 parts, 12 schedules, and (now has) 118 amendments and is made up of with 146,385 words. 

The Constitution of India was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on 26 November, 1949, and came into effect across the country on 26 January, 1950. The day India adopted its new constitution it became the Republic of India. 

The first Republic Day was held in Red Fort, then National Stadium, then in Kingsway Camp, and then in Ramlila Ground. Finally in 1955 Rajpath was chosen as the permanent venue. This was the first Republic Day parade.

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