Republic day is celebrated on 26th January. India became a republic on this day in 1950. A republic is a country in which the supreme power is held by the people’s representatives and not by a monarch. The main function of the republic day is held at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi. The president of India takes the salute and unfurls the national flag. All the three forces- Army, Navy and Air Force- take part in the parade. There is an exhibition of tanks and other weapons of war used by the Indian Army. The N.C.C. cadets and school children also participate in the parade. The school children perform dances; gymnastics etc. There are folk dancers from every state. Children who have won awards for bravery are also a part of the parade. They ride on elephants. Tableaus from many states make the parade lively. Then, there are motorcycle riders performing feats on their motorcycles. Helicopters fly over, scattering rose petals. Tricoloured balloons are flown into the sky. Many government building are decorated with lights in the evening. The illuminations at the Rashtrapati Bhawan and adjoining buildings present a thrilling sight. The Republic Day celebrations go on for four days. The celebrations come to an end with the Beating Retreat on 30th January.