Hello readers, Republic Day has just gone around with many celebrations, practices, parades, speeches, etc. in the capital Delhi. Now, the beating retreat which is a historic practice done every year on Republic Day is yet to be completed on 29th January in the evening. Many people don’t have an idea of what exactly the ceremony is about. Many questions are arising here mainly – what is the beating retreat ceremony? why the beating retreat ceremony is done? and what is the significance of the ceremony? In this article, you’ll be cleared about all these questions with clear answers.
let’s understand it all together and easily.
What is Beating Retreat Ceremony?
The Beating Retreat ceremony is practiced in India as the part of Republic Day celebration. This ceremony is mainly done on the third day of the celebration in the evening. This is not a modern event and holds historic and cultural importance, which reflects the traditions of our nations.
The ceremony holds a connection from the past, mainly from the early military wars. As we all know, in early times instruments such as drums, etc were used to communicate and give instructions and signals, often used to signify the end of the war for the day. The sound of drums indicated the withdrawal of the opposite side from the battle.
And time to time, this ancient practice evolved into the modern tradition called as Beating retreat. Now this tradition involves the showcase of a nation’s unique identity and unity.
Why Beating retreat ceremony is done and what is its significance?
As we celebrate Republic Day with great gatherings, speeches, parades, and performances. The celebration goes on for 3 days. The beating retreat signifies the end of the celebration with drum beats which is done on the eve of 29th January every year. It shows the end and conclusion of the festival. This ceremony includes other performances too including music artists, folk artists, etc, showcasing the nation’s rich culture and heritage.
Now some of you might think
where does the beating retreat ceremony take place?
It takes place at the India Gate, near the presidential residence. The ceremony starts with the setting sun, lights are up and the vibe of the place becomes so beautiful.
The ceremony begins with the arrival of the President and other military officials. The beating of drums symbolises the conclusion of the event and often is honoured towards the discipline of the military forces.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Shri Ramesh Bais, honoured governor of Maharashtra was the chief guest for the beating retreat ceremony in 2023.
It will take place at Vijay Chowk, Delhi.
You can see the famous beating retreat ceremony at the Wagah border.
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