Sunday, January 23, 2011

India's Republic Day Parade - a Practice Session

Army Regiment on Horseback

January 26th, 2011 will mark the 62nd anniversary of the signing of the Indian is known as REPUBLIC DAY.

Bugle Regiment practicing on Raisina Hill, New Delhi

Republic Day in India sparks a patriotic fervor in the hearts of all Indians, reminding them of their glorious history, their rich culture and proud heritage. It is a day they choose to remember and honor those they consider heroes of their past; freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi and military heroes as well.

Army Regiment on Horseback with Raisina Hill in background

To mark the importance of this occasion, every year a grand parade is held in the capital city of New Delhi. Attending the event in Delhi is almost impossible, as you need to be invited by someone who is politically well connected.

Army Regiment on Camel back on Raisina Hill, New Delhi

Last Sunday, Preston and I took a drive and just happened to stumble upon some of the military units beginning to practice for the parade.

View from Raisina Hill down Rajpath with India Gate in the distance

It is a grand parade that begins at Raisina Hill near the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President's Palace), then along the Rajpath, past India Gate and on to the historic Red Fort.

Camel Regiment Passing the Gates of Rashtrapati (President's Palace)

Prior to its commencement, the Prime Minister will lay a floral wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, a memorial to unknown soldiers at the India Gate at one end of Rajpath, which is followed by two minutes silence in the memory of unknown soldiers.

Camel Regiment Silhouette - Raisina Hill, New Delhi

The different regiments of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force march past in all their finery and official decorations. The President of India, who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces, takes the salute.

Camel Regiment Passing in Front of the Secretariat Building - Raisina Hill, New Delhi

We felt very lucky to have witnessed the practice session and were able to take some photographs, as cameras are not allowed during the actual parade unless you are a member of the press and have been given special permission.

Up close View of Indian Soldiers on Camel back

Happy Republic Day India........just a little bit early......
Indian Army Tank near India Gate

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

jay hind...jay bharat.. Vande matram
vande matram..
Vande matram...