5 Interesting Republic Day Facts Kids Should Know

21 January 2024
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Republic Day in India is a momentous occasion celebrated with grandeur and pride. Marking the day when the Constitution of India came into effect in 1950, it holds great significance in the hearts of every Indian. As we gear up to celebrate this patriotic day, here are five interesting Republic Day facts that will captivate kids' imaginations and deepen their understanding of this historical event.

  1. Historical Significance:
    Republic Day is celebrated on January 26th each year to commemorate the adoption of India's Constitution. The Constitution, drafted by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and his team, was adopted on January 26, 1950, replacing the Government of India Act (1935). This historic moment transformed India into a sovereign, socialist, secular, and democratic republic, securing its citizens' justice, equality, and liberty.

  2. Unique Preamble Display:
    The Republic Day parade in New Delhi spectacularly displays India's cultural diversity and military prowess. Did you know that the Preamble of the Constitution is displayed on a massive board during the parade? The Preamble outlines the ideals and objectives of the Constitution and serves as a powerful reminder of the nation's commitment to justice, liberty, equality, and fraternity.

  3. Chief Guest Tradition:
    One of the Republic Day parade's highlights is a chief guest's presence. Every year, a distinguished foreign dignitary is invited to attend the celebrations as a symbol of India's diplomatic relations and global unity. This tradition began in 1950, with the first chief guest being the President of Indonesia. Over the years, world leaders, including Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, and Vladimir Putin, have graced the occasion.

  4. Beating Retreat Ceremony:
    Republic Day celebrations conclude with the Beating Retreat ceremony on January 29th. This event is held at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi and marks the official end of the Republic Day festivities. The ceremony involves performances by the bands of the three military wings – the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force. The melodious tunes and synchronised movements of the bands create a mesmerising experience, bringing the celebrations to a close on a harmonious note.

  5. Children's Contribution:
    Republic Day is not just a celebration for adults; it also allows children to participate actively. The National Bravery Awards are distributed on Republic Day to honour courageous acts by children. These young heroes showcase exceptional bravery and selflessness, inspiring others with remarkable deeds. Recognising and celebrating the courage of these young souls is a poignant reminder that heroism knows no age.
    Republic Day serves as a reminder of the values that form the bedrock of the Indian democracy. By imparting these exciting facts to children in an educational way, we can instil a sense of pride and appreciation for our nation's rich history and cultural heritage. As we celebrate Republic Day, let us also nurture a love for the country in the hearts of the future custodians of India.

Podar International School: Inspiring Young Minds

At Podar International School, we recognise the importance of cultivating a sense of patriotism and instilling a love for learning in our students. Republic Day holds a special place in our hearts, and our commitment to providing quality education goes hand in hand with nurturing responsible and informed citizens.


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