Republic Day is one of the National Holidays of India. It celebrates the day India was declared a Sovereign Democratic Republic and the Constitution of the country came into force.
The city is all spruced up in preparation of the event. Shops, business establishments and government offices are lit up giving the city a special, dressed up look. The national flag flutters proudly in the winter breeze and an air of festivity permeates the city. Various functions in schools, colleges and other institutions mark the celebrations a day prior.
Come 26th January and Delhi is all set to witness the most spectacular pageant that is looked forward to by locals as well as tourists alike.The Republic Day Parade as it is popularly known, commences from the Rashtrapati Bhavan( President's House), proceeds down Rajpath, winds its way through Connaught Place and ends at the historic Red Fort.
The parade begins with the hoisting of the national flag by the President of India followed by an impressive march past by the three wings of the armed forces. It showcases the military might of the country displaying its latest acquisition in tanks, missiles, radars, etc. Smartly turned out school children, some playing the band, form a bulk of the parade. Elephant and camel pageantry and cultural tableaux or floats representing different states of India are also part of this mighty parade. The parade ends with a Fly Past where fighter planes roar across the skies. The most endearing sight is the release of multitudes of balloons, orange, green and white, the color of the flag, which fill the air as they softly rise upwards, conveying a message of peace and harmony.