First gaining independence from British colonial rule on Aug. 15, 1947 — the date is celebrated as Independence Day — India achieved Purna Swaraj (complete self-rule) on Jan. 26, 1950, when the Indian constitution came into effect, turning it into a republic.
Every year on this day, a large parade takes place in the capital New Delhi, along the city’s Rajpath (King’s Way), while celebrations consisting of music and parades also take place across state capitals.
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The country’s President also addresses the country, and gives out decorations for acts of valor and excellence to service members and citizens alike.
This article originally appeared on Time.com.