Republic day is a national day. It is observed on 26th January every year, because India, after being an independent country, became a Republic on 26th January 1950.

We got political independence in August 1947. But there was no Constitution of India at that time. It took more than two years to frame a Constitution for our country.

India was declared a Sovereign Democratic Republic on 26th January 1950. The head of our country was elected. Election was held for the Parliament of our country. The Constitution came into force from this great day.

Like the Independence Day, Republic Day is celebrated in the Capital of our country, in all other state capital, educational institutions and district head quarters. The National Flag is hoisted. The National Anthem is sung. The president of our country comes to the historic Red Fort to hoist' the National Flag.

In his address to the nation he speaks a lot about the progress and safety of the nation. The army, the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force present a glorious parade saluting the National Flag. Students and scouts from different states come to New Delhi to show their parade. Regional dances are arranged for the occasion.

Different competitions are held among boys and girls of different clubs and educational institutions. Prizes are awarded to the winners. Sweets are also distributed among the children.

Very often it is found that people have forgotten the importance of this national day. They only hoist flag and shout “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”. But they do not think a little about the country soon after this day.

Although there is a Constitution, many national figures of our country are trying to overlook it and indulge in corruption. Their anti- national deeds are exposed. We feel sorry that these national leaders have begun to attach importance more to their personal interest than to the national interest.

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