New Delhi; President Ram Nath Kovind will lead the nation in celebrating the 73rd Republic Day on Wednesday, showcasing India's military power, cultural diversity, and other distinctive projects. This year's celebrations are extra significant because India is celebrating its 75th year of independence, which is being commemorated as 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.'
The Ministry of Defence has planned a variety of new events to commemorate the occasion, including a march on Rajpath and a 'Beating the Retreat' celebration at Vijay Chowk on Saturday (January 29).
The government had announced that Republic Day will be commemorated for a week, from January 23 to January 30 every year. The commemorations will now begin on January 23, the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, and will conclude on January 30, Martyrs' Day. According to the Ministry of Defence, the Indian Air Force (IAF) will do a grand flypast with 75 aircraft or helicopters for the first time.
The 'Beating the Retreat' celebration will feature a drone show including 1,000 indigenously developed drones, as well as projection mapping for the first time.Another first is that 480 dancers will perform during the parade's cultural performance, having been chosen from a statewide Vande Bharatam dance competition.
The main parade will also feature the National Cadet's debut of the 'Shaheedon Ko Shat Shat Naman' programme, a display of ten 75-meter scrolls made during the 'Kala Kumbh' event, and the placement of ten giant LED displays for enhanced spectator viewing.