Republic day 2018 in India is going to be celebrated on 26th of January, on Friday. In 2018, India is celebrating its 69th Republic Day. First Republic Day of India was celebrated in 1950. This year in 2018, it is happening for the first time in Indian history that 10 chief guests would grace the Republic Day of India.
It is very special because the Southeast Asian bloc completed its 50 years of formation (created on 8 August 1967) and India completed its 25 years of partnership (started in 1992) with the grouping in 2017.
- As a symbolic gesture, the Indian government invites a chief guest to attend official Republic Day celebrations in Delhi.
- The guest is always ahead of state or government from a country that’s selected based on strategic, economic and political interests.
- In 2018, the leaders of all 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries will be chief guests at the Republic Day Parade. This includes Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. It will be the first time that so many heads of government and state will attend the parade together. In addition, there have only been two Republic Day parades in the past (in 1968 and 1974) that have had more than one chief guest.
- ASEAN is central to India’s Act East Policy, and both Singapore and Vietnam are important pillars of it.
It is going to be another first for women this Republic Day!
A newly-raised all-woman bikers contingent on the Border Security Force (BSF) will make its debut on Rajpath on January 26. The 27-member BSF women ‘daredevils’ are expected to draw cheers as they showcase their stunts and acrobatics on their 350cc Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycles.
Republic Day Parade Ticket Outlets
- Departmental Sale Counters at North Block roundabout, South Block roundabout, Pragati Maidan (Gate No. 1, Bhairon Road), Jantar Mantar (Main Gate), Shastri Bhawan (near Gate No. 1), India Gate (near Jamnagar House), Red Fort (near police picket). (10 a.m. until 5.30 p.m. daily).
- Parliament House Reception Office. (11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday/Sunday/Holiday Closed).
- The government of India Tourist Office, 88 Janpath. (Closed Sunday).
- India Tourism Development Corporation (IDTC) Travel Counters at Ashok and Janpath Hotels. (Working days only).
- Delhi Tourism Development Corporation (DTDC) Counters at Coffee Home, Baba Kharag Singh Marg and Food and Craft Bazar, Dilli Haat, opposite INA Market and Shri Gandhi Ashram, Chandni Chowk. (Working days only).
Note: Aadhaar Card, Voter ID Card or government-issued identity card must be presented in order to purchase tickets.
The Republic Day Parade is followed up by a Beating of the Retreat Ceremony in the afternoon on January 29 each year. It symbolizes retreat after a day on the battlefield and features performances by bands of the three wings of the Indian military — the Army, Navy and Air Force. Tickets are also available for the full dress rehearsal of this event at the above outlets.
2018 Ticket Prices
- Republic Day Parade — 500 rupees for reserved seats. 200 rupees, 100 rupees and 50 rupees for unreserved seats. Reserved seats are located closer to the main stage where all the action takes place. Unreserved seating is provided on a first-come basis. If you have unreserved tickets, make sure you arrive at the venue early to get the best position.
- Beating Retreat Ceremony (Full Dress Rehearsal on January 28) — 50 rupees and 20 rupees. All seats are unreserved.
Further Information:-Phone Shri Gurdeep Singh, Officer on Special Duty (Sale of Tickets & Printing), on (011) 2301-1204.