What is the difference between Independence Day and Republic Day?

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What is the difference between Independence Day and Republic Day?

It is important to know the details and difference between Independence Day and Republic Day as both the days may seem similar, but are very different with their motives and why was the day has actually been marked! 

It was on November 26, 1949, when the Constituent Assembly formed the Constitution of India, and later, on January 26, 1950, the Constitution was commemorated.

This is why January 26 is celebrated as Republic Day and since 2015, November 26 is observed as the Constitution Day of India or even known as Samvidhan Diwas.

On this day, we express gratitude towards the makers of the constitution and reiterate the thought of making India a better place to live in. The founding fathers of the Constitution of India were Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, Dr. BR Ambedkar, and Dr. Rajendra Prasad.

It was in May 2015 when the Union Cabinet declared that November 26 will be observed as the Constitution Day to advance the constitutional value among the citizens. Dr. BR Ambedkar was the chairman of the drafting committee of the constitution and this year denoted the 125th birth commemoration of Dr. BR Ambedkar.

Before November 26 was marked as Constitution Day, this day was observed as National Law Day.

On the other hand, 15 August marks the day when India got independence from British rule in 1947, and Republic Day marks the formation of the Constitution. Every year, in India, Constitution Day is celebrated to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution. In 2015, the Modi government had decided to observe November 26 as Constitution Day. Remember that Constitution Day is not a public holiday. This day is when the preamble of the constitution is read in all schools by all students. Moreover, quizzes and competitions are organized on the subject of the Constitution of India.

Particularly, on 15th August, the country witnesses a huge celebration of Independence with tricolor flag hoisting and parades and cultural functions across India. The flag hoisting ceremony on this day takes place at the Red Fort (Delhi) and the PM addresses the nation.