January 26, 1950
India becomes a republic
After thousands of years of monarchy, centuries of British rule, and much religious and social strife leading up to it, India adopts a constitution and becomes the world’s most populous democracy.
Republic Day is a national holiday in India. The holiday honours the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect on 26 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act as the governing document of India and thus, turning the nation into a newly formed republic.
Celebrations: Parades, distribution of sweets in schools, speeches and cultural dances
Observed by: India
Significance: Inception of Constitution of India
Date: 26 January