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January 22, 2013 > Republic Day of India

Republic Day of India

By Julie Grabowski

The first month of a new year is filled with thoughts of change, hopes for a new start, and an attempt to view life and ourselves in a different, more positive way. These aims of transformation and betterment in the heart of an individual can be powerful and life changing, and even more so when an entire country sets a new course.

January marks the anniversary of Republic Day of India, celebrating the installation of a constitution declaring the country an independent, democratic republic. India gained its freedom from British rule on August 15, 1947, but did not immediately ratify its own constitution. A committee was formed to work on a new document and, after several years and drafts, the national assembly signed the final constitution on January 24, 1950; the new document became effective two days later, now officially celebrated as Republic Day.

Every January 26, a large parade is held in India's capital city of New Delhi with a prominent military presence and numerous floats and other displays representing the history and culture of the country. Celebrations are held in other state capitals as well as by Indian communities across the globe.

Residents of the Tri-Cities can join the celebration of India's independence at the Federation of Indo Americans of Northern California's annual event at Newark Pavilion. Vibrant cultural programs, patriotic songs, and a dinner with dignitaries will mark Republic Day; Consul General of India in San Francisco N. Parthasarathi will be in attendance as the chief guest of honor. Admission is $25 per person.

Bay Area Youth Vaishnav Parivar will celebrate with a carnival in Milpitas including games - dart balloons, bowling, duck pond, and paintball - and food stalls offering traditional flavors of India such as dabell, pav bhaji, mango lassi, raj kachori, and more. Cultural dances, flag raising, patriotic songs, and a parade with dignitaries will also be part of the festivities.

Kids can get involved in the fun by participating in painting and public speaking competitions at an event hosted by Association for Kids and Youth Program and Radio Zindagi with IND TV. In the Painting Competition from 9 a.m. - noon, kids can create pictures using themes of Indian culture, festivals, world leaders, or another subject of their choice. The Public Speaking Competition also begins at 9 a.m. (ages 5 to 12). Winners will be recognized by City dignitaries and the Mayor of Fremont and receive awards and certificates. Cultural programs will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Registration is required for participation. Contact Ajay Bhutoria at (510) 378-0698 or for more information.

India Republic Day Celebrations
Sunday, Jan 27
3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Shreemaya Krishnadham Temple and Community Center
25 Corning Ave., Milpitas
(408) 586-0006

India Republic Day Celebrations
Sunday, Jan 27
6 p.m.
Newark Pavilion
6439 Thornton Ave., Newark
(510) 797-7799
Tickets: $25

India Republic Day Competition
Sunday, Jan 27
9 a.m.
372 Turquoise St., Milpitas
(510) 378-0698

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