Former India cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh took to social media and wished their followers on the occasion of country's 69th Republic day. Apart from them, current India cricketers Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal too sent out their wishes on Twitter. Early on Friday, India Under-19 team made everyone proud on this special day by defeating Bangladesh by 131 runs in World Cup. The team will now face arch-rivals Pakistan in the semi-final of the tournament. On the eve of country's 69th Republic day, former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was also conferred with prestigious Padma Bhushan, the country's third highest civilian award. Multiple billiards world champion Pankaj Advani was also chosen for the award.
Besides the duo, 2017 World Weightlifting Champion in the 48kg category, Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and former Asian Games gold medallist tennis player Somdev Devvarman were conferred with the Padma Shri award. Besides, ace men's singles shuttler Kidambi Srikanth also won the Padma Shri along side India's first Paralympic gold medalist, Murlikant Petkar.
Salute to our Soldiers who are thete to protect us whether on frozen battlefields or sun scorched outposts; in the remotest corners in the most adverse conditions. #HappyRepublicDay to all.— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 26, 2018
R Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal too expressed their wishes on Twitter.
We all sacrifice so much in our lives to get where we aspire to be, but our country was built over people who sacrificed their lives for where they believed our country should be. We stand united today, thanks to those selfless souls . Happy republic day India.????— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) January 26, 2018
Wish you all a very happy Republic Day ????????#JaiHind— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) January 26, 2018
Republic Day is celebrated to mark the day when India formally adopted the constitution and became an independent republic. The main celebration of Republic Day involves a parade in the national capital which starts from the iconic India Gate and carries on along the Rajpath. The parade includes marching contingents, various tableaux and performances showcasing the different cultures of the country.
India adopted the constitution on November 26, 1949, which came into force on January 26, 1950, marking the country's first Republic Day. It is one of the three national holidays celebrated in India along with Independence Day (August 15) and Gandhi Jayanti (October 2)