Beating Retreat Ceremony is a festive ceremony that officially marks the finale of the Republic day celebrations held in the capital city of New Delhi.
3 days after the Republic Day Parade on the 26th of January the ‘Beating Retreat Ceremony’, takes place on the 29th of January at Vijay Chowk or the victory square, with the stately Rashtrapati Bhawan at the background.
The ceremony is observed considering the age old tradition as per which, soldiers called a close down to the war at sunset. This call was the sound of the bugles vibrated across the battle field calling a halt to the fighting.
The Chief Guest of the function is the President of India who arrives escorted by the President’s Bodyguards (PBG), a cavalry unit.
When the President begins to arrive, a Fanfare is sounded by the trumpeters of the Brigade of the Guards on their natural trumpets, and then the PBG commander asks the unit to give the National Salute, which is followed by the playing of the Indian National Anthem, Jana Gana Mana, by the Massed Bands, and at the same time by the unfurling of the Flag of India on the flagpole right at the Vijay Chowk.
This is followed by the bugle call for Retreat by the buglers, and all the flags are slowly brought down. The band master then marches to the President and requests permission to take the bands away, and informs that the closing ceremony is now complete. The bands march back playing a popular martial tune and the official march of the Armed Forces, Saare Jahan Se Achcha.
As soon as the bands cross Raisina Hills a spectacular illumination display is set up on the North and South Blocks of the Parliament building, Rashtrapati Bhavan and the India Gate.
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Beating Retreat Ceremony 2017 :
In 2017, India will celebrate its 68th Republic Day on January 26 and then on January 29 the Beating Retreat Ceremony 2017 will mark the end of Republic Day Celebrations.
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