Happy Republic Day

One of the best things of being in India is being able to celebrate days like Independence Day and Republic Day.Properly.

It is such a wonderful feeling. And it makes me glad that I am in a way, able to share some parts of my own childhood memories with daughter. Making some memories with some common ground, because no matter what, living in Britain did make it very different for me. Little things like the the national anthem meaning different things to her and us.

Being in India, changes all that. For the first time, we are enjoying the day, feeling the pride, explaining to daughter, the importance of this glorious day. No matter how negative things might seem, I have always felt rather proud of our constitution. And Republic Day, to me, is a symbol of all that is right in our country.

Today, as the National Anthem was sung in daughter’s school, I felt the pride wash over me. The happiness at belonging to a wonderful country, a country with its problems, its flaws, but a country of our own.

Today, brought back memories that had been almost forgotten. Watching the school celebration, my own school memories came flooding back. Memories of preparing hard for the marching, dances and then the day, when we would have a ceremony in our schools, and then rush off to the colony stadium to celebrate with the whole community. What fun it all used to be.

Today, daughter had a taste of it. She had a celebration at school, and we rushed back to the celebrations at our apartment. And we, husband and I enjoyed it all, soaking in the atmosphere.

Hopefully in years to come, daughter will come to truly appreciate and celebrate the day for what it is.

8 thoughts on “Happy Republic Day

  1. She will, Smitha! With all the flaws, our country is the best! Did she watch the Republic Day parade? It was lovely. I used to watch with my children in DD days. Now so many distractions. They were watching cricket today! Those days are gone!

    Happy Republic day to you and your family!

    • She didn’t watch the parade. We had too much going on today. There were lots of activities in our apartment complex. We’ve recorded the parade, so that we can watch it later with her. Wish you the same, Sandhya!

  2. I love it when the National Anthem plays, love that the kids love it too. I can imagine living in a different country would make it so different, welcome home :-). Happy Republic Day to you too.

  3. Happy Republic day to you and your family.. the pride and that special feeling while standing in attention for national anthem is priceless.. it always gives me goosebumps..

  4. Belated wishes for the Republic Day!

    Glad to know you guys enjoyed the day. 🙂 Being unable to witness certain events for a while makes the experience even sweeter when you do get to witness them some day, no?

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