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Pritha Manchanda Aug 13 2014

How does the Independence Day Celebration at Wagah Border take place?

Anupriya Bedi Aug 13 2014
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This year celebrate the 68th India’s Independence Day at Wagah Border when patriotic feelings reach a fever pitch. You will be able to see tri-coloured flags waving in the wind as far as the eye can see, people shouting slogans about the greatness of India and patriotic Bollywood songs blare over loudspeakers.



The Wagah Border is a historically and culturally significant place. The popular Beating Retreat parade is a must see, especially on Independence Day when patriotic feelings are at their zenith.



The Wagah Border, which is about 27 km from Amritsar, is the only open legal border between India and Pakistan. The two nations are separated here by two heavy iron gates set 2 meters apart.



The famous Beating Retreat ceremony takes place every evening just before sunset. Between October to March, the ceremony commences at 4.30 PM and between April to September, the parade starts at 5.30 PM.




Visit Amritsar to see the parade happens simultaneously on both sides of the Wagah Border, that is, on the Indian side and on the Pakistani side. Try reaching here early as seats are limited and are absolutely free. People are keen to witness the spectacular parade, especially around Independence Day. Whenever you plan to visit Amritsar, it is advisable to check various Amritsar tour packages available and choose accordingly.


The ceremony starts with a 45 minute parade full of pomp and vigourby Indian soldiers.



Soldiers dressed in smart uniforms and high polished black boots do a vigourous high-kick march with a stern look on their faces.



As part of the parade, the soldiers snort and raise their hands with closed fists in the air almost as if they are going to hit their imaginary enemy.



Just as the sun is about to set, the iron gates are opened on both the Indian and Pakistani side of the Wagah Border and the flags of both countries are lowered simultaneously. The actions are perfectly choreographed. The superbly matched actions are truly worth a watch.



The national flags are then folded ceremoniously by the soldiers and taken back to their respective countries.



The ceremony ends with a retreat that involves a crisp salute between the soldiers from both sides of the border.




This is followed by the heavy iron gates being slammed shut.



The Beating Retreat ceremony has been conducted by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) every day since 1959.



It is very hard to witness this ceremony and not be left awe-struck and with a feeling of deep patriotism.



With Indian flags waving everywhere, celebrating India’s Independence Day at the Wagah Border is truly something special. Happy Independence Day. Jai Hind!

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