Why Does Kartavya Path Become The Stage For Republic Day Parade Every Year? Here’s All About It

Discover the significance of Kartavya Path, the extraordinary display of India's identity on this historic boulevard.

by Mallika Khurana
Why Does Kartavya Path Become The Stage For Republic Day Parade Every Year? Here’s All About It

In the heart of New Delhi, there exists a majestic boulevard known as Kartavya Path, formerly known as Rajpath—the King’s Way. Every year, on the 26th of January, this ceremonial avenue transforms into a vibrant tapestry of colours, sounds, and patriotic fervour. But Why? Let’s unravel the captivating story of why, year after year, it becomes the stage for one of the most extraordinary displays of national identity—the Republic Day Parade.

Why Kartavya Path Hosts The Republic Day Parade?

Republic day parade
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The Republic Day Parade in India is celebrated on Kartavya Path, the ceremonial boulevard in New Delhi. The parade is a significant event that marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of India and the country’s transition to becoming a republic on January 26, 1950. 

The choice of Kartavya Path for the Republic Day Parade has historical significance. Previously called Rajpath, which means “King’s Way,” it is a ceremonial avenue that stretches from Rashtrapati Bhavan (the official residence of the President of India) to India Gate. This grand avenue was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens during the construction of Delhi as the capital of British India.

It serves as a symbolic location for the Republic Day Parade. It also emphasises national unity and the integration of diverse cultures and traditions. The parade brings together people from various states, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of India.

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The Heart And Soul Of India’s Republic Day Parade

Rajpath
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Kartavya Path is located in the heart of New Delhi, making it a central and easily accessible location for hosting a grand national event. Its proximity to important government buildings and landmarks adds to the parade’s significance.

The Republic Day Parade is attended by the President of India, who is the ceremonial head of the state. The parade begins at Rashtrapati Bhavan and moves down Kartavya Path, culminating at India Gate. The President takes the salute during the parade. The entire event is also a display of the country’s military prowess, cultural diversity, and achievements.

The Republic Day Parade is a grand spectacle featuring the display of India’s military strength. It includes a march past by the armed forces, and colourful tableaus representing different states and union territories.  Cultural performances and various other events are also included to showcase the country’s achievements.

The grandeur of the parade on Kartavya Path reflects the country’s rich history, cultural heritage, and commitment to democracy.

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