Why Republic Day 2018 is very special and you won’t like to miss celebrations in Delhi

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New Delhi | Updated: Jan 26, 2018 7:20 AM

Republic Day 2018: The 69th Republic Day of India will be celebrated in grandeur like every year at the India Gate. The highlight of the event will be the parade at the India Gate in New Delhi.

Republic day 2018 celebrationSchool children perform during the full dress rehearsal ahead of Republic Day in Amritsar on Wednesday. (PTI Photo)

Republic Day 2018: The 69th Republic Day of India will be celebrated in grandeur like every year at the India Gate. The highlight of the event will be the parade at the India Gate in New Delhi. The Republic Day celebration this year will be special for many reasons. First, this will the first time when President Ram Nath Kovind will hoist the National Flag. Kovind was appointed the President last year, after the end of the term of ex-president Pranab Mukherjee.

Second, for the first time, 10 top leaders of ASEAN countries -Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Brunei – will together watch the 69th Republic Day celebrations in India.

The heads of 10 states have already arrived. PM Narendra Modi held separate bilateral meetings with the leaders on the eve of the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit (AICS) to celebrate 25 years of India-ASEAN partnership. Modi had separate bilateral meetings with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam, Rodrigo Roa Duterte the Philippines on Wednesday.

Third, for the first time, a newly-formed all-woman bikers contingent of Border Security Force (BSF) will debut on the Rajpath during the Republic Day celebrations. The ‘daredevils’ squad of BSF women have 27 members and it is named “Seema Bhavani”. They will display their stunts on 350cc Royal Enfield motorcycles.

Fourth, the Republic Day parade will not just have contingents from Indian Army, Air Force and Navy, but also over 700 students of the 10 guest Asean countries.

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Fifth, as part of the Republic Day celebrations, the Government of India is organising ‘Bharat Parv’ at the Red Fort in Delhi, starting from 26 January to 31 January 2018. The event aims to “generate a patriotic mood, promote the rich cultural diversity of the country and to ensure wider participation of the general public.” The event is open to public and entry is free. However, visitors will have to carry identity attend the event. The government has designated the Ministry of Tourism as the nodal Ministry for the event. Some of the highlights of the event are Display of Republic Day Parade Tableaux, Performances by Armed Forces Bands (Static as well as dynamic), a Multi-Cuisine Food Court, Craft Mela, Cultural Performances from different regions of the country and Photo Exhibition by the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity.

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