Celebration of sovereignty is what celebration of Republic Day is all about. It is India's great national festival. It is celebrated every year on 26th January, in New Delhi with great pomp and pageant and in capitals of the States, as well as at other headquarters and important places with patriotic fervor. It celebrates India's freedom and democracy. Officially, Republic Day is celebrated all over the country as a national holiday. The festivities for Republic Day are a lot more extensive than for Independence Day. The parade in New Delhi is a grand affair. The various branches of the armed forces, the police, National Cadet Corps, and students from various schools and institution take part in it. Tableaux are put up by the various states, show casing the cultural heritage of the states and there are also the display of the latest armaments that the country has acquired. The parade starts from India Gate and proceeds through Rajpath. In addition to march-pasts and tableaux, there are cultural programmes performed by children from various schools. Republic Day is also the time when exemplary achievements are recognized and rewarded throughout the country. Selected children are awarded the Children's Bravery Awards on this day. Soldiers who have performed exceptionally are awarded the bravery medals, Param Veer Chakra, Veer Chakra and Maha Veer Chakra.
The essence behind the celebration of Republic day is not only to celebrate India's secularism and democracy but its also makes us feel proud of our culture, languages, social norms, traditions, customs, religions, communitarian and the individual distinctiveness that makes up India a wonderful multi-cultural country. It is this spirit, which makes us feel proud of our country's achievements that make the celebration all the more interesting. This is the day when we come together and proudly identify ourselves as true Indians, and not with some particular religion or caste. This feeling for the country is what makes this day a special one from the rest of the day. It is the day, which guarantees the Fundamental rights to the citizens, equality of religion and so on. The rich cultural heritage and tradition of India is reflected on this day.
Officially, Republic Day is celebrated all over the country - national capital, state capitals, municipal corporations, panchayats, and other official agencies. At the level of the people, it is observed in homes, housing colonies, schools, colleges and institutions of every kind.