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Every year India Celebrates two major events that marked the beginning of the country in two significant ways- Independence Day and Republic Day. It has been more than 70 years since these two events have been celebrated in India with great pride and grandeur, yet some people still wonder what are the differences between Independence Day and Republic Day. Therefore, here goes the explanation.
When is Independence Day & Republic Day Celebrated?
Independence Day of India is celebrated on 15 August every year to commemorate the historic day when India got independence from the oppressive British Rule on 15 August 1947. On the other hand, Indian Republic Day is celebrated on 26 January to commemorate the historical event of the Constitution of India coming into effect on 26 January 1950.
Difference Between Independence Day & Republic Day
On Independence Day, the Prime Minister of India who is also the head of the Central Government hoist the Indian National Flag at Red Fort, Delhi to celebrate our Independence and honour the innumerable people who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of India. On the contrary, The President of India (the constitutional head of the nation) Hoists (or unfurls) the Indian National Flag at Rajpath, Delhi to celebrate the Constitution of India as it established India as a Democratic Republic Nation.
- As a matter of fact, there is a huge difference between the way National Flag is hoisted on Republic Day and Independence Day. On Independence Day, the National Flag is pulled up by the rope from to the top of the pole and then opened and hoisted to mark the day when the Indian National Flag was hoisted for the first time.
- While on Republic Day, the National Flag remains tied up at the top of the pole which is then opened and hoisted as India has already risen as a Nation and now it was ready to establish itself as a Democratic Republic Nation. According to the Constitution, this is called Flag Unfurling.
As India is ready to celebrate its 75 Republic Day on 26 January 2024, people should educate themselves with all these stark as well as subtle differences between Republic Day and Independence Day.