Republic Day Parade 2019: The celebration of the 70th Republic Day on Rajpath in the National Capital Territory was celebrated amidst tight security. South African President Cyril Ramphosa was the chief guest at the ceremony. Prior to reaching Rajpath, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to the martyrs on the Amar Jawan Jyoti with Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and the three Army Chiefs. During the flag hoisting, the band played the national anthem and a salute of 21 guns. With this the tricolor was hoisted. This year, theme of the Republic Day is associated with Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary.

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