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In this lesson
-Explore national symbols and their meanings
-Understand the significance sharing common celebrations
-Learn about India's adoption of a Constitution
-Prompt discussion about government and nation building.

Video Resources
Watch this short video of a grand parade.

Watch and hear a patriotic song here
Extension activities

Teacher Guide for extension activities and curriculum connections
More Extension activities

Watch the video on this page

Listen to the radio broadcast from that day in 1950

Think - Think about the first Republic Day as you listen to the radio broadcast.

Ask – When did this happen?  What was India like then?  How can we find out more about that time?  Why are parades important? Why do we have parades? 

Play - Plan your own parade: Plan a parade to celebrate something important to you or to your family – how will you show things that are important to you?

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Republic Day - A Grand National Celebration

Keywords:  Republic Day, Constitution, national symbols, Independence, primary source material, radio broadcast, republic day parade, military parade, cultural parade, marching bands


Republic Day celebrated on January 26 every year is a special day for India.  On this day, in 1950 the country became a sovereign democratic republic with a written constitution and elected parliament.  


 

Introduction

Republic Day celebrated on January 26 every year is a special day for India.  On this day, in 1950 the country became a sovereign democratic republic with a written constitution and elected parliament. 

Republic Day Parade: A Grand National Celebration

Republic Day is India’s greatest national celebration.  

In Delhi there is a spectacular parade that is watched by hundreds and thousands of people who line the parade route and by other countless millions on TV and on the internet.  The video below is about that parade.  It starts from Rashtrapati Bhavan, where the President of India lives and ends at historic Red Fort.  The President of India takes the salute of the contingents of Armed Forces.

The first Republic Day on January 26, 1950:  The highlights of the very first Republic Day celebrations were the swearing in ceremony at the Durbar Hall in Government House of Dr Rajendra Prasad (Listen to this!  "On This Day" from the BBC - Radio broadcast on January 26, 1950 as India becomes a Republic) as the first President of the Republic, and the Presidential drive along a five-mile route to the Irwin Stadium, where he unfurled the National Flag.

                                                                                                                                      

     

    Sources:  Many of the photographs in the video are from the National Informatics Center http://home.nic.in/ ; words of the slide show are based on the book "Parade" by Donald Crews.

     

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Explore Key Concepts from the Video

President's Bodyguard, Rajpath, Camel Patrol of the Border Security Force, India's National Flag, NCC - National Cadet Corps, National Bravery Awards, Jai Hind, Beating of the Retreat, the first Republic Day

 

For Parents - A Lesson Plan@Home about Republic Day

For activities for you to do with your child using the links in this lesson  - Click here

Republic Day Crafts

For some Republic Day crafts click here

 

Last reviewed December 2010

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