Awards and medals of bravery are given to the people from the armed forces and also to civilians.
Helicopters from the armed forces then fly past the parade area showering rose petals on the audience.
Stores and other businesses and organizations may be closed or have reduced opening hours.
Public transport is usually unaffected as many locals travel for celebrations.
India's national flag is a horizontal tricolor of deep saffron () at the top, white in the middle and dark green at the bottom in equal proportion.
The ratio of the flag's width to its length is two to three.This date was chosen as it was the anniversary of .The constitution gave India's citizens the power to govern themselves by choosing their own government.Republic Day represents the true spirit of the independent India.Military parades, displays of military equipment and the national flag are important symbols on this date.Republic Day parades cause significant disruption to traffic and there may be increased security on this date, particularly in areas such as New Delhi and state capitals.India became independent of the United Kingdom on August 15, 1947.Much effort is put towards organizing events and celebrations that occur on Republic Day in India.Large military parades are held in New Delhi and the state capitals.There are many national and local cultural programs focusing on the history and culture of India. Many children receive gifts of sweets or small toys.A prime minister's rally also takes place around this time of the year, as well as the Lok Tarang – National Folk Dance Festival, which occurs annually from January 24-29.