69th Republic Day 2018
2018 saw the 69th Republic Day. The event is very important as it gave our country, the Integrity, of becoming an Independent Republic. As to say that an autocrat rule ended and a democratic rule started.
The 69th Republic Day saw a historic event of first of its kind. All the 10 Leaders of ASEAN countries honored the function and the Women BSF performed the military stunts in a phenomenal way.
Abide with Me
And We all know that a customary Grand Parade takes place, as one of the events of Republic Day celebrations, to display our country’s wealth. As in wealth, it means our Unity and also our Country’s Resource, which we can take delight in it. The Grand Parade and Celebrations are surely a wonderful scene to watch. And the celebration ends on the fourth and final day, January 29th and the day holds a greater information.
The final day witness the “Beating Retreat” custom, which is a military ceremony declaring the end of all celebrations of the Republic Day. And this “Beating Retreat” composition has a Christian Hymn Abide with Me which is played by our Indian Armed Forces, because it is our Mahatma’s favorite.
IAF plays The Hymn still to date and has never been replaced. It is a prayer to God, asking for His help and support in life and death. It is written by the Scottish poet Anglican Henry Francis Lyte. And it has a tune of William Henry Monk’s ‘Eventide’. Gandhi once heard the song in Bengaluru’s Mysore Palace and has been his favorite ever since. The song goes like this.
Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.
So when the next Republic-event comes don’t miss out on the Hymn. And let’s always believe in our Nation’s motto i.e believing in Unity in Diversity. Also, as acknowledging the Republic Day’s spirit, lets always abide by our Constitution, which states that every citizen must treat his fellow Individual with Complete Integrity and Equality. So let us honor our country and honor ourselves by believing in Fraternity and Oneness. And a Spirited Happy Republic Day to Everyone!