Republic Day Parade

DELHI

Chief Guests over the years

The parade takes place at Rajpath New Delhi 

The guest country was chosen in strategic, economic and political interests

During the 1950s–1970s, a number of NAM and Eastern Bloc countries were hosted.

In  1952, 1953 and 1966, no invitations were sent to any of the countries.

1966 - Due to demise of Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.

In 1968 and 1974, India played host to two countries on the same Republic Day.

1968 - Soviet union and Yugoslavia 1974 - Yugoslavia and Sri lanka

For the first time, the President could not take the salute at Republic Day parade due to ill-health

1967

That years chief guest, the King of Afganisthan Mohammed Zhahir Shah arrived only on 28 January

1970

The chief guest king of Belgium, Baudouin has attended only the Beating Retreat

The Indian beating Retreat ceremony denotes the end of Republic Day Festivities.

The countries France and United Kingdom were sent invites for about 5 times each

FRANCE - 1976, 1980, 1998, 2008, 2016 UNITED KINGDOM - 1956, 1959, 1961, 1964, 1993

India invites heads of 10 ASEAN Nations for Republic Day Celebrations.

2018

An invitation was sent to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, but after few weeks, he cancelled his visit, citing need to oversee virus response and lockdown in the United Kingdom

2021

Since 1950, India has been hosting heads of state or government of another country as the state guest of honour for Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.