24 Jan Indian diaspora to unite for 70th Indian Republic Day celebrations
Featured photo credit: Official Whitehouse Photo / Pete Souza
Marking 70 years since the republic constitution was adopted in India after gaining independence from British rule, Indian Republic Day on Saturday January 26, 2019 will see Indians around the world coming together to celebrate the historic occasion.
In Australia, members of the diaspora will join the Consulate Generals in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra for special flag hoisting ceremonies to celebrate the day, as well as feature the singing of the national anthem, a reading of the speech of the Honourable President of India by the Consul General, and cultural programmes.
Republic Day is officially celebrated as a national holiday in India, and a highlight of the day is the huge annual Republic Day Parade held in the nation’s capital of New Delhi.
Photo credit: Official White House Photo / Pete Souza
Showcasing colourful and culturally significant floats from each of India’s states and territories, and presided by the President and Prime Minister of India, the Parade sees people around the country unite as one.
Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of South Africa and a strong follower of Indian Activist Mahatma Gandhi, will be the Chief Guest in 2019, a significant choice as the year also marks the 150th birthday of Gandhi – the man who helped lead India to independence from British rule.
Smaller parades also take place in other major cities across India, including Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, and Chennai, as well as thousands of individual Republic Day celebrations across smaller towns, which often consists of fairs and talent contests.