Beating Retreat Ceremony

It is held after officially denoting the end of Republic Day festivities

Republic Day celebrations were not always organized at the current venue of Rajpath

It was organized at different venues (like Irwin Stadium, Kingsway, Red Fort, and Ramlila Grounds)

Word ‘Royal ‘ was dropped from Royal Air Force and Indian Air Force was born

The lion head from Ashoka Pillar in Sarnath was formally adopted as the national emblem

Mahatma Gandhi's Favorite Song

An unrelated Cristian hymn ‘Abide with Me’ is played at the end of the Republic Day parade

India Moved On From Colonial Past

The chief guest on republic day celebration, 1961 was Queen Elizabeth from Britain

Hindi was declared as the national language of India on this day

Adoption of the Indian constitution happened on this day

India Got Its First President

Rajendra Prasad was sworn in as the first President of India