Celebrating Republic Day as kids was a different experience altogether. The excitement to take part in the various activities was unmatchable. As we grow up we become so entangled in the monotony of everyday scheduled lifestyle that we just see this as just another holiday. Nevertheless, childhood is the most treasured memory of everybody's lives. The innocence and zeal diminish once we pass that phase.
A trip down the nostalgia lane every now and then makes us remember the gone days with happiness.
Let's look at these 14 beautiful memories of Republic Day during childhood.
It was like a tradition. This was followed by a discussion on it during lunch.
We always hoped the helicopters to pass above our homes. We used to run to the terrace just for spotting them.
Well-decorated and well-organized assembly that we preferred not to miss. All of us used to be well-prepared for our parts.
We feel a sense of patriotism during the flag hoisting always. This tradition continues till date and is one of my personal favourites.
The never-ending speech. Remember, how boring it used to be listening to almost the same speech year after year.
A march past gets conducted by the school students. As children, we used to compete with each other to take part in it.
There would be no denying that we love these songs. Though it feels like an overdose on this day being played on TV, radio and even by grandparents at home. Practically, everywhere.
Don't they look beautiful?
Who gets to watch the TV used to be such a huge issue as it was a holiday for all.
Remember, the disappointment if unfortunately it fell on weekends and at the same time the rejoice if it fell on a Friday or Monday.
It looks gorgeous with the perfect lighting. People visit it in the evenings for its spectacular view.
As everything remains shut, the surroundings are quite serene and calm.
Mostly, it was about things from Indira Gandhi's speech and the parade's commentary being played on the radio.
Even when there weren't many colour TVs back then, people never stopped watching the parade on DD National. Never to forget their dictation in both Hindi as well as English. It made the parade even more thrilling to watch.