Republic Day 2019: Take a look at the chief guests over the past decade
Updated : January 25, 2019 08:20 PM IST
With pride and fervor, India will be celebrating its 70th Republic Day tomorrow and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will grace the occasion as the chief guest.
Each year, the Indian government invites a head of state as the chief guest for the Republic Day parade and the visit is considered similar to a state visit, the highest honour that can be accorded to the guest in protocol terms.
The chief guest is given a ceremonial guard of honour at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the President of India, followed by a reception in the evening hosted by the President.
The chief guest then lays a wreath at the Rajghat, the resting place of Mahatma Gandhi and a banquet is hosted in his honour followed by a lunch hosted by the Prime Minister.
The highlight of the occasion is, of course, the chief guest accompanying the President, who is flanked by the horse-mounted President’s Bodyguards, to the saluting base on the Rajpath.
The occasion reflects the friendship between two nations, represented by the President of India and the chief guest.
Take a look at the Chief Guests who were invited for the Republic Day Celebrations in the country over the past 10 years.