Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, is a popular tourist destination known for its picturesque views and colonial architecture. But on January 26th, the city transforms into a patriotic celebration as it joins the rest of the country in commemorating Republic Day.
Parade at the Ridge
The main event takes place at the Ridge, a large open space in the heart of the city. The celebrations begin early in the morning with a grand parade featuring colourful floats, marching bands, and cultural performances. The floats showcase the rich cultural heritage of Himachal Pradesh, depicting the traditional customs, costumes, and art forms of the various tribes and communities that inhabit the state.
The parade is followed by a march-past by the police and armed forces, who are dressed in ceremonial uniforms. The parade culminates with a display of military might, including a fly-past by the Indian Air Force and a display of weapons and equipment.
The highlight of the event is the address by the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, who hoists the national flag and delivers a speech, highlighting the achievements of the state and the nation. The event is attended by dignitaries from the state government, as well as by citizens from all walks of life.
After the main event, there are various cultural programs and competitions organized by different groups and organizations across the city. Schools and colleges also organize their own programs to mark the day. The celebrations continue throughout the day with music, dance, and other cultural performances.
Fun and Frolic
One of the most popular events is the food festival, where local delicacies are served to the visitors. Shimla is known for its delicious street food, and the festival is a great opportunity to sample some of the best dishes the city has to offer.
The celebrations end with a grand fireworks display in the evening, which lights up the sky and provides a fitting conclusion to the day’s events.
If you’re in Shimla on Republic Day, be sure to take part in the celebrations and you can also enjoy the view from Jakhu Ropeway. The patriotic spirit and the vibrant atmosphere will leave you feeling proud to be an Indian. The event is a perfect opportunity to experience the culture, customs, and traditions of Himachal Pradesh and to be a part of the national celebration of our 74th republic day.