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