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5 Ways You Can Celebrate Republic Day At Home Amid Covid-19

The Republic Day 2022 parade will see the "grandest and largest" flypast ever with the participation of 75 aircraft to mark the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations.

India is all set to celebrate the 73rd Republic day on January 26. This is going to be the second time when India will celebrate this day amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Although, the events planned on Rajpath are expected to be as grand as every year, this time also it might not be possible for us to go out and celebrate Republic Day.

In view of the third wave of coronavirus, the number of people allowed to attend the parade has been curtailed to approximately 5,000-8,000.

But would this stop you from enjoying the national holiday with your family? We have the answer to this question. It will not. Let’s look at different ways of observing Republic Day safely at home.

1. Watch Republic Day Parade

If you cannot step outside your house to witness the grand military performances and tableaux, you can certainly experience the patriotic feel inside the house by watching it live on television. Watching a Republic Day parade remotely comes with its perks. You can record the parade and watch it at your own convenience. Moreover, you can sit with your favourite snack to munch on while watching the parade. Lastly, it also gives respite from the biting cold and dense fog that grips the national capital every year around January 26.

2. Watch Patriotic Movies

Not into Parades? Don’t worry. By watching these shortlisted patriotic films, one can recall and honour the sacrifices of the freedom fighters of India and those who are still at the border fighting for our country’s safety. If nothing else, these movies could inspire young people to become nation builders and bring to light several forgotten and untold stories. These movies are available on different OTT platforms as well.

Sit back and enjoy. Here is a list to pick from-

  • Border, 1997
  • Lagaan, 2001
  • Swades, 2004
  • Lakshya, 2004
  • Rang De Basanti, 2006
  • Chak De India, 2007
  • Neerja 2016
  • Raazi, 2018
  • Uri: The Surgical Strike, 2019
  • Kesari, 2019
  • Shershah, 2021
3. Groove to Patriotic Songs

How can we not listen to iconic patriotic songs on this day? For some, it has become a tradition. From Lata Mangeshkar’s Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo to AR Rahman’s Maa Tujhe Salam, these songs might bring tears in your eyes as you feel the love for your country. Listeners can also enjoy the songs produced by eminent singers and music composers in Bollywood like Udit Narayan’s Aisa Des Hai Mera, Hariharan’s Bharat Humko Jaan Se Pyara Hai, Mahalakshmi Iyer’s Des Rangila among others. These songs never get too old and can give you goosebumps even today. Shuffle your playlist, put on your headphones and enjoy the musical treat.

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4. Decorate Your Home

Republic Day is a special day for all, so decorate your place uniquely. Go for a tricolour theme. The house can be decorated with tricolour paper flowers, if craftwork is your thing. One can show these flowers as a bunch in a vase or make a string of flowers to hang in the window. Apart from that, you can also show your love for the national colours by hanging tricoloured fairy lights and making a tricoloured rangoli to lighten up your house on Republic day. You may want to hoist a flag in the balcony, or right at the front door. Let it fly high to reflect your pride in the nation.

5. Community Programmes

If possible, try to participate in events organised by societies and communities keeping the COVID-19 protocols in mind. One can recite a poem, sing a song or put up a dance performance to mark the true spirit of independent India. Lastly, singing the national anthem with your loved ones can be the best way to end the Republic Day celebrations. Resting your arm by the heart and reciting the national anthem of the country is a must on Republic Day. Try to be in your balcony or in a community centre while you recite the revered song.

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Meanwhile on ground, all the COVID-19 protocols will be followed during the parade. Social distancing norms would be followed while making the seating arrangements. Hand sanitiser dispensers will be available everywhere and wearing masks would be compulsory. The Republic Day 2022 parade will see the “grandest and largest” flypast ever with the participation of 75 aircraft to mark the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations.