On 26th January, India celebrates Republic Day, and tricolor flag hoisting, parades, and cultural functions are held with enthusiasm across the country. The 73rd Republic Day is celebrated amidst the Covid-19 third wave in the country. There are strict instructions considering the virus outbreak to occupy Red Fort with limited seats.
There is a difference between hoisting our national flag on Independence day and unfurling it on Republic day. Many of you might not have noticed the same, but on Independence Day, the Indian Tricolour, the honor of the country our renowned Prime Minister hoists, is first tied at the bottom of the flag poles and then raised for hoisting. This marks the symbol of freedom of the country from the British Raj after a century of struggle and fighting. On the other hand, on Republic Day, the honorable President of the country unfurls the Tricolour. The flag is already tied up on the flagpole on the top and then is unfurled by the President, signifying that the country is already independent.
On Republic Day, the President of the country, who is the country’s first citizen, unfurls the national flag. This process has been followed since the time of Independence as at the time of Independence, the country’s Constitution was not in effect, and the President didn’t take office. Therefore, on Independence Day, the country’s Prime Minister of the country hoists the flag as the country’s representative.
This year, Ram Nath Kovid, President of India, has unfurled the national flag before the commencement of other functions. The unfurling of the national flag is a way to depict our respect toward the nation, and it is a symbol of a nation’s pride. To refrain from its denigration, the Ministry of Home Affairs has released the ‘Flag Code of India’ that governs how the Tricolour should be used and respected by the citizens of India.
Tricolor’s pride has three broad stripes of three different colors—Saffron, at the top, which is the symbol of strength and courage. The middle stripe is white in color, depicting peace; green at the bottom displays prosperity and growth. Flag code of conduct urges the person hoisting the flag to face the Tricolour and stand in attention.
There is one more difference between the two significant events of the country. On Independence Day, a flag hoisting ceremony is held at the Red Fort in New Delhi, where the Prime Minister addresses the nation. On the other hand, Republic day is celebrated at the Rajpath in Delhi, where cultural programs, parades, artillery displays, etc., occur, and the country’s President addresses the nation.