Republic Day 2022: Google Doodle captures India’s Cultural Heritage
The Republic Day Parade – elements of which are depicted in the Doodle artwork —parade animals: an elephant, a horse, a dog, and a camel; a red tabla; the parade path; a saxophone as part of the iconic camel-mounted band; doves; and the tricolours of the national flag — are all featured in Google’s Doodle artwork as India celebrates its Republic Day today, January 26.
This historic procession, which takes place along Rajpath, has a float for each Indian state, as well as dozens of bands, folk dancers, and government dignitaries. Millions of Indians tune in to see the highly staged show and reflect on the country’s 70-year history of independence.
This year’s parade will take place in the midst of a pandemic. Due to an increase in Covid-19 instances around the country, fewer people will be permitted to attend the march this year. 1.15 lakh people turned out on January 26, 2020, months before the virus struck India. Last year, this was reduced to barely 25,000 spectators due to the epidemic.
A government official told News18.com that the marching contingents will start from Vijay Chowk on Rajpath and go up to the National Stadium, putting to rest fears that numerous roads dug up near the central secretariat area would force the procession to take a detour.
The Republic Day parade in 2021 followed the same route and covered the same distance. However, in previous years, the march would normally begin at Vijay Chowk and end at Red Fort. The National Stadium and the Red Fort are around five kilometres apart in terms of distance.
The Delhi Police has also released a set of guidelines stating that anyone attending the march must be completely vaccinated against Covid and that children under the age of 15 would not be permitted to participate. At the session on Rajpath on January 26, people would be required to follow all Covid-protocols, including wearing face masks and maintaining social distance.
Team The India Saga wishes you a very Happy Republic Day!