F or most Indians, it’s been customary to be glued to the television every Republic Day. The grand parade at the Rajpath, with all its frills, is a visual treat. The celebrations have changed over the years. Here’a trip down memory lane: King Tribhuvan of Nepal was the Guest of Honour for the Republic Day in 1951. Lama Dance from West Bengal during the Republic Day parade in 1956. Jacques Chirac, President of France, was the Guest of Honour for Republic Day in 1998. IPS Kiran Bedi leading Delhi Police in Republic Day Parade in 1975. Nelson R. Mandela, President of South Africa, was Guest of Honour on Republic Day in 1995. A view of the Republic Day Cultural Pageant in 1952. This tableau is depicting youth and progress. Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the President of India, driving in State towards the Saluting Base, during Republic Day celebrations in 1952. Dr. Mario Soares, President of Portugal, was the Guest of Honour for Republic Day in 1992. The first Republic Day parade in 1950. A section of the huge crowd that witnessed the Republic Day parade in 1952. Kenneth Kaunda, President of Zambia, was the Guest of Honour for republic Day in 1975. The tableau from Madhya Pradesh was a replica of Mahatma Gandhi’s hut (Bapu Kuti) at Sevagram, during Republic Day in 1956. Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us: firstname.lastname@example.org, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia).