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Celebrating 69th Republic Day Google Doodle portrays a beautiful blue cultural theme doodle inspired by the republic day grand parade that takes place at the Rajpath every year. An important element of this parade is the celebration of India’s rich cultural history which is illustrated in today’s Doodle. This Doodle is illustrated by a New Delhi based illustrator Ibrahim Rayintakath.
Republic Day is celebrated to mark the day when India formally adopted the constitution and became an independent republic. The main celebration of Republic Day involves a parade in the national capital which starts from the iconic India Gate and carries on along the Rajpath. Thousands of people assemble at Rashtrapati Bhavan grounds and along the Rajpath to witness the parade that begins after the flag hoisting. The parade includes marching contingents, various tableaux and performances showcasing the different cultures of the country.
The tableau for Himachal Pradesh depicting the Buddhism influence in the state’s Lahaul-Spiti region. Also seen is the Key monastery. The tableau for Karnataka depicted the state’s wildlife. The tableau for Maharashtra depicted the life and times of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
It is customary to host a leader of a foreign country as the chief guest of the Republic Day celebrations in Delhi. But this year, in a first, the parade will saw 10 chief guests – the leaders of all member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN. In another first, the ASEAN flag will also be flown during the parade.
Apart from the tableaux from various states and union territories, a major attraction of the parade is the armed forces contingents. The marching contingents aside, several aircraft, military vehicles, and weapons are displayed during the parade. The aircraft also perform a flypast, involving different formations.
The camel mounted band of the Border Security Force (BSF) is the only one of its kind in the world that marched across Rajpath.
Unlike Motor cycle ride all these year by Men this time a Women’s motorcycle team performed for the first time on Republic Day 2018. 113 women from the Border Security Force, or BSF, who roard across the Rajpath performing breathtaking stunts on motorcycles. The women squad has been named Seema Bhavani or “the border braves”. The women contingent showcased 16 types of stunts, including “Pyramid”, “Fish Riding”, “Shaktiman”, “Bull Fighting” and “Seema Prahari”.