Republic Day in Delhi is all about the parade. Waking up to switch on the TV is enough effort; getting out of bed to watch the parade on a winter morning seems like just too much. Don’t worry, if you miss the parade again this year, you always have to the option to watch it on the television later. For the first time ever in Indian history, autorickshaw drivers, construction workers, sanitation workers, and frontline workers have been invited to the majestic Republic Day 2022 parade at the Rajpath. Seats are already reserved for different walks of life for the main Republic Day celebrations. However, this year only 5,000-8,000 will be allowed to attend the event owing to the present COVID-19 situation.
Only Fully Vaccinated Visitors Will Be Allowed To Attend The Parade
This year, only fully vaccinated visitors will be allowed to attend the Republic Day parade. Those below 15 years of age will not be allowed to attend the function. Besides, those attending the parade will have to adhere to Covid-19 protocols, such as wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing, at the programme on Rajpath on January 26.
The Band Ceremony
The army, navy and air force will be Beating the Retreat on 29th January. President Ram Nath Kovind will be there too! Select bands perform at Raisina Hills in front of the Parliament and Rashtrapati Bhavan before retreating. That’s when the lights of Rashtrapati Bhavan come alive to honour the Constitution of India. Beating the Retreat denotes the end of the Republic Day festivities on the third day of Republic Day.
On 26 January, a magnificent display begins at the parade that starts from Vijay Chowk and follows Rajpath, ‘C’- Hexagon, Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Netaji Subhash Marg and finally ends at Red Fort.
The Republic Day parade is one of the most iconic assertions of India’s identity as a Sovereign Socialist Secular Democratic Republic. That means everyone has the right to vote and pick the direction they want this country to steer in. People from all faiths, creeds and sections of life are meant to have a voice in this great country. Let’s celebrate how far we’ve come on our journey of freedom on Republic Day!