The High Commission of India celebrated India’s 73rd Republic Day in Colombo yesterday (26) at India House, the residence of the High Commissioner in Colombo.
India celebrates the Republic Day which marks the Constitution of India, which is the world’s largest written constitution, coming into effect on 26 January 1950.
The momentous occasion was observed through a series of ceremonies and events organised by the High Commission, throughout the day, in strict compliance with COVID-19 protocol, the High Commission said.
After paying tributes to the fallen heroes of Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) at the IPKF memorial, High Commissioner Gopal Baglay hoisted India’s national flag at India House and inspected the Guard of Honour.
High Commissioner Gopal Bagley read out excerpts of the Indian President's message and a special video message from External Affairs Minister, Dr. S.Jaishankar was also shared with the audience. The event also featured songs by the Sri Lanka Navy band and a cultural programme organised by the High Commission’s Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center.
The 73rd Republic Day of India coincides with celebrations of 75 years of India’s Independence-Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM), across the globe. The High Commission is commencing a series of special events dedicated to AKAM from 26 January 2022 – 4 February 2022.
The events will include a mega cultural event, unveiling the bust of Rabindranath Tagore at Sri Palee Campus of University of Colombo, trade promotion event etc.