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Republic Day honors the date on which the Constitution of India came into force in 1950. Though India became a free nation on Aug. 15, 1947, it declared itself a Sovereign, Democratic and Republic state with the adoption of the Constitution on Jan. 26, 1950. The main Republic Day celebration is held in the national capital, New Delhi, at the Rajpath before the President of India. On this day, ceremonious parades take place all over the country, which are performed as a tribute to India.

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From Anita Murmu, SCN:

In Gyan Deep, Jamshedpur, Gyan Deep School celebrated Republic Day with great joy and enthusiasm. Mr. Babul Gayary, the chief manager of Canara Bank was the honored guest for the day. Students performed a meaningful program with their patriotic songs, poems, dance and speeches. Sisters, staff, students and parents were present for the flag hoisting ceremony.

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From Marcelline Indwar, SCN, in Ranchi:

A salute of 21 guns and the unfurling of the Indian National Flag by Dr. Rajendra Prasad heralded the historic birth of the Indian Republic on that historic day in 1950. Thereafter the 26th of January was decreed a national holiday and was recognized as the Republic Day of India. Nazareth Convent, Catherine Spalding Centre, Premashraya, and Childline Ranchi joined the nation and hoisted the national flag on the occasion of the 66th Republic Day and paid homage to the freedom fighters with much respect and regality. It was indeed a day to remember especially for those of our totally a marginalized and trafficked children who have never seen, heard nor been a part of, any such Republic Day celebration.

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In Banakal, India:

The 66th Republic Day was celebrated with a great joy and much preparation. Blanche Correia, SCN, the principal hoisted the national flag. The cultural program, patriotic songs and speeches in Kannada, Hindi and English added to its variety and beauty. Sister Blanche in her message urged the students to work hard and to be conscious of the obligations that accompany their rights. Sister posed this question, “What small step can you take to preserve and to protect the Constitution of our country?”

She reminded the students that the Dream of Nazareth School is not just to prepare them for Board Examinations but also to prepare them for life, to enable them to distinguish right from wrong so that they take the right decisions in life and be better human beings.

This was also the culmination of the three days of long awaited Math’s seminar conducted by Mary Margaret Nirmala, SCN, (Sister Nimmie) for the outgoing batch of class X. The students expressed that they were relieved of at least some of their doubts and that they felt confident to appear for their forth coming Board Exams. Our heartfelt gratitude to you Sister Nimmie.

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Republic Day Celebration at Arunodaya

We had a very meaningful and good celebration of the 66th Republic Day at Arunodaya with Sister Basanti Lakra, the Provincial as the Chief Guest. The President of SCN, Sister Susan Gatz and the Vice – President Sister Sangeeta Ayithamattam, surprised us with their presence and added more color to the program.

The program started with the march-past by the trainees welcoming the guests for the hoisting of the flag. The flag was hoisted by Sister Basanti Lakra and all present renewed the promise to be good citizens and to be faithful to the Constitutions of India. One of the trainees, Namrata Kumari gave a speech on the importance of the day and in the light of the present day situation, she stressed on the importance of keeping the unity, become aware of our duties and responsibilities as citizens. She posed a question to all to examine and see if our country is really independent and we, the citizens are really free. She also asked what our responsibility is as citizens to bring about unity and peace where we are.

There was a group song depicting that we are the Gardner of the Nation. Just as a Gardner works hard to take care of all the plants and beautiful flowers in the garden, we Indian citizens have to work hard to take care of the people and the country to make it beautiful and new. There was a poem by Minta Kumari telling us Republic Day is the celebration of love, service, peace, honesty, brotherhood, sacrifice and other humanitarian services. There was a song by Minta Kumari and Sarswati Kumari telling us the youth are the future of our country and a very important part of development of the future of India.

Sister Basanti stressed on our responsibility to bring about peace and unity in our society and country. She said if we pay attention to the preamble of our Constitution and the promise we have made to the Nation, pay attention to at least four things like unity, freedom of religion, our commitment, and social justice, we will make a difference and make our country a real republic. There was a dance by the group which told us about the beauty and the richness of our Nation having different cultures, religion and languages yet united.