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Republic Day 2019: Here are 10 historical facts that every Indian must know

Updated : January 26, 2019 01:01 PM IST

India celebrates drafting of the Constitution every year on January 26 since 1950 but the Constitution was actually drafted the previous year on November 26. To honour the significance of the first Independence Day or Purna Swaraj, members of the constituent assembly decided to enforce the constitution on January 26, marking it as Republic Day. Here are some of the lesser known facts about the Republic Day:

The first Republic Day was celebrated on January 26, 1950, three years after we got independence. January 26 was initially the day India decided to hold its Purna Swaraj or celebrate complete independence. (Picture credits: Reuters)
The first Republic Day was celebrated on January 26, 1950, three years after we got independence. January 26 was initially the day India decided to hold its Purna Swaraj or celebrate complete independence. (Picture credits: Reuters)
 " data-original="https://images.cnbctv18.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Flag.jpg" > Since the leaders wanted January 26 to hold significance, they decided to formally put to action the Constitution on that day even though it was ready by November 26, 1949. (Picture credits: Reuters)<span style= " title="Since the leaders wanted January 26 to hold significance, they decided to formally put to action the Constitution on that day even though it was ready by November 26, 1949. (Picture credits: Reuters) ">
Since the leaders wanted January 26 to hold significance, they decided to formally put to action the Constitution on that day even though it was ready by November 26, 1949. (Picture credits: Reuters) 
The Prime Minister honours the Indian soldiers who died fighting for the country and places a wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti on India Gate, New Delhi, as a mark of respect. (Picture credits: Reuters)
The Prime Minister honours the Indian soldiers who died fighting for the country and places a wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti on India Gate, New Delhi, as a mark of respect. (Picture credits: Reuters)
The Republic Day celebration is a three-day affair, and ends with a ‘Beating Retreat’ on January 29 held at Vijay Chowk with the bands of Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy performing. (Picture credits: AP)
The Republic Day celebration is a three-day affair, and ends with a ‘Beating Retreat’ on January 29 held at Vijay Chowk with the bands of Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy performing. (Picture credits: AP)
The first Republic Day parade was held in 1955 at Rajpath. (Picture credits: AP)
The first Republic Day parade was held in 1955 at Rajpath. (Picture credits: AP)
In 1950, Republic day parade was held at Irwin Amphitheatre. The first chief guest on that parade was the-then Indonesian President Dr Sukarno and his wife. (Picture credits: Pixabay)
In 1950, Republic day parade was held at Irwin Amphitheatre. The first chief guest on that parade was the-then Indonesian President Dr Sukarno and his wife. (Picture credits: Pixabay)
BR Ambedkar, who spearheaded the drafting of the Constitution, took two years and 11 months to draft it. (Picture credits: Reuters)
BR Ambedkar, who spearheaded the drafting of the Constitution, took two years and 11 months to draft it. (Picture credits: Reuters)
As a country, India has the longest Constitution with a total of 448 articles and is written in two languages. (Picture credits: Reuters)
As a country, India has the longest Constitution with a total of 448 articles and is written in two languages. (Picture credits: Reuters)
Before the Constitution came into force, we followed the Britisher's Government of India Act 1935. (Picture credits: AP)
Before the Constitution came into force, we followed the Britisher's Government of India Act 1935. (Picture credits: AP)
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