India is celebrating its 73rd Republic Day on Wednesday amid tight security arrangements in Delhi, where the parade and other cultural events will be held to mark the day.

The Republic Day parade will begin at 10.30 am, half an hour later than usual this year for better visibility, reported The Indian Express. The parade will feature 21 tableaux, a 75-aircraft flypast by the Indian Air Force and cultural performances by over 480 dancers from across the country.

Similar to last year, the celebrations are being held amid the coronavirus pandemic with strict guidelines for those attending the event.

They must be fully-vaccinated against the coronavirus disease and must carry their proof of immunisation. They must follow all Covid-19 protocols such as wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing. Children below 15 years of age are not allowed.


Also read:

The Indian republic was an ambitious project of multiple ideas and identities. Can it be salvaged?

On Tuesday, the Centre had announced the Padma awards. India’s first Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, who died in a helicopter crash last month, and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, late Kalyan Singh are among the four people who will receive the Padma Vibhushan.

Founders of Bharat Biotech Krishna Ella and his wife Suchitra Ella, Managing Director of the Serum Institute of India Cyrus S Poonawalla, Executive chairperson of Microsoft Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer of Google’s parent company Alphabet Sundar Pichai are among those getting the Padma Bhushan.

Former West Bengal Chief Minister and Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee rejected the Padma Bhushan award, hours after his name was announced for it.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, several politicians took to Twitter to wish the citizens on the Republic Day.