LUCKNOW || As India observes her Republic Day, Lucknow too is no exception in revelling in the glorious past of turning into a Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, Democratic, Republic. Lucknow witnessed a colourful parade celebrating the might of the nation.
Schools and colleges had cultural programmes along with government institutions. Lucknow’s Vidhan Sabha street was witness to helicopters raining flowers from the sky. School children were seen carrying the tri-colour in their hands, some even splashed patriotic colours on their face and hands.
To celebrate this festival of democracy, from Saturday the city’s buildings had been decorated with the choicest of lights. From private buildings including the Vidhan Bhavan, Secretariat, Bapu Bhawan and Yojana Bhawan all came alive.
Every building is bathed in tri-colour. The buzzing markets, be it Hazratganj or Aliganj, shops from Chinhat to Sarojini Nagar all are bathed in patriotic hue. Tri-colours of every size were found. Shopping malls are on with running special offers for shopping on this occasion.
Keeping in mind communal amity – Special Prayer meetings are being held in temples, mosques and Gurudwara’s for prosperity and peace in the country.
On Republic Day, the parade was led by Major Vatsalya Tiwari of the Sino-Pakistan War. The parade started from Ravindralaya in front of Charbagh railway stadium around 9 am. The children were also happy to hear the sounds of a tank. The children made this moment more memorable by saluting the Legislative Assembly.
Charbagh Railway Station to Vidhan Sabha and Lok Bhawan all have shimmering lights on. The Republic Day parade has tight security arrangements. The army showcased its military might. The tableaux of the departments showed cultural heritage. The tableaux included ones from Charbagh to KD Singh Babu Stadium. Army, police and school children swayed to patriotic songs.
The biggest spectacle of the Lucknow R – Day parade was the Tank D-90 deployed for protection on the borders of the country upping the enthusiasm of the spectators witnessing the 105/37 mm light field gun parade with Bhishma.
The parade overall had 33 units including nine Rajput Regiment, four Dogra Regiment, 16 Jat Regiment, Central Reserve Police Force and Sashastra Seema Bal. Subedar Baliram Singh followed the ICB-BMP-2 behind this. MM light machine, light machine gun and network operation system also were on full display. Several school bands of the city including UP Police, 35 PAC Battalion, ATS Commando Squad, Rajasthan Arms Contingentary, UP Home Guard, NCC, Civil Defense Organization, Sainik School and Home Guard matched strides to tunes of patriotic songs.
In the parade, the ATS (Andy Terrorist Squad) equipped with sophisticated weapons were seen separately in black uniform.
In the parade, school children gave a message of cleanliness and environmental protection with Namami Gange, Plastic Hatao-Bachao Bachao, Swachhata ki Jyoti Jagi Re Geet. Sindhi language and culture got a special mention.
In celebrations that last for three days, starting from the Prabhat Pheri on Republic Day, the R – Day mood goes on till Beating the Retreat held at Police Line on 29th, featuring patriotic performances by the army and police bands. The Republic Day parade was rehearsed continuously from 22 to 24 January.