Republic Day 2024: Schedule, Chief guests, New Delhi | India News - Times of India (2024)

NEW DELHI: As the much-anticipated Republic Day approaches, New Delhi gears up for a grand celebration marked by a fusion of tradition, security vigilance, and cultural extravaganza. With over 8,000 security personnel strategically deployed and cutting-edge technology integrated, the national capital is prepared to host the event under the watchful eye of Deputy Commissioner of Police Devesh Kumar Mahla.
This year's Republic Day holds special significance, with President

Emmanuel Macron

of France gracing the occasion as the

Chief Guest




unfolds a meticulously planned day, blending patriotic ceremonies, a spectacular parade, and a vibrant display of India's cultural mosaic, promising a memorable tribute to the nation's unity, diversity, and progress in 2024.
Republic Day, 2024 Celebrations Schedule:7:30 am - Unveiling of National Pride:
The day kicks off with the momentous unfurling of the national flag accompanied by the resonating rendition of the national anthem, symbolizing unity and patriotism.

9:30-10:00 am - Dignitary Arrival and Grand Welcome:
The Chief Guest, President Emmanuel Macron of France, is accorded a ceremonial welcome, marking a significant diplomatic moment during the Republic Day celebrations.
10:30 am - Spectacular Parade Commencement:
The main event unfolds with the commencement of the Republic Day parade at 10:30 AM. A spectacle of precision and pageantry, the parade showcases India's rich heritage and diverse cultural tapestry. Post the parade, the afternoon unfolds with a captivating display of cultural programs that celebrate India's artistic diversity. Simultaneously, the military prowess of the nation takes center stage, highlighting its strength and preparedness.

Key Highlights of Republic Day, 2024:

Chief Guest For Republic Day, 2024:President Emmanuel Macron of France graces the occasion as the esteemed Chief Guest, fostering international camaraderie.
Republic Day theme, 2024:This year's themes, "Viksit Bharat" (Developed India) and "Bharat - Loktantra ki Matruka" (India - Mother of Democracy), encapsulate the aspirations and democratic ethos of the nation.
Parade Route:
The parade route stretches from Vijay Chowk to Kartavya Path (formerly Rajpath), creating a picturesque journey symbolizing the nation's progress.
Diverse Showcase:
The parade features vibrant tableaux representing the cultural and developmental accomplishments of each Indian state. Marching contingents from the armed and paramilitary forces add a touch of grandeur.
Aerial show by Indian Air Force:
The celebration reaches new heights with a breathtaking flypast by the Indian Air Force, leaving spectators in awe of the nation's air prowess. In embracing the spirit of unity, diversity, and progress, the Republic Day


of 2024 promise a visual feast and a memorable tribute to India's rich tapestry.

Chief guest for Republic day celebration over the years

Chief guest for Republic day, 2000:

Olusegun Obasanjo (Nigeria)

Chief guest for Republic day, 2001:

Abdelaziz Bouteflika (Algeria)

Chief guest for Republic day, 2002:

Cassam Uteem (Mauritius)

Chief guest for Republic day, 2003:

Mohammed Khatami (Iran)

Chief guest for Republic day, 2004:

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (Brazil)

Chief guest for Republic day, 2005:

Jigme Singye Wangchuck (Bhutan)

Chief guest for Republic day, 2006:

Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (Saudi Arabia)

Chief guest for Republic day, 2007:

Vladimir Putin (Russia)

Chief guest for Republic day, 2008:

Nicolas Sarkozy (France)

Chief guest for Republic day, 2009:

Nursultan Nazarbayev (Kazakhstan)

Chief guest for Republic day, 2010:

Lee Myung Bak (South Korea)

Chief guest for Republic day, 2011:

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (Indonesia)

Chief guest for Republic day, 2012:

Yingluck Shinawatra (Thailand)

Chief guest for Republic day, 2013:

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (Bhutan)

Chief guest for Republic day, 2014:

Shinzo Abe (Japan)

Chief guest for Republic day, 2015:

Barack Obama (United States)

Chief guest for Republic day, 2016:

François Hollande (France)

Chief guest for Republic day, 2017:

Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (United Arab Emirates)

Chief guest for Republic day, 2018:

Hassanal Bolkiah (Brunei), along with heads of the ASEAN states

Chief guest for Republic day, 2019:

Cyril Ramaphosa (South Africa)

Chief guest for Republic day, 2020:

Jair Bolsonaro (Brazil)

Chief guest for Republic day, 2021:

No chief guest due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Chief guest for Republic day, 2022:

No chief guest due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Chief guest for Republic day, 2023:

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (Egypt)

Chief guest for Republic day, 2024:

Emmanuel Macron (France)

Republic Day 2024: How to buy tickets online?

  • Visit the Ministry of Defence's official website.
  • Enter personal details like name, email ID, address, mobile number, etc. Verify your identity by receiving OTP on your registered contact number.
  • There are four events – FDR Republic Day Parade, Republic Day Parade, or Beating the Retreat. Select one desired event.
  • Now, provide the attendee's name, address, age, gender, and a scanned copy of their photo ID (driving licence, passport, voter ID card, PAN card or Aadhaar card) for verification.
  • Choose the number of tickets you want to buy and pay according to the category of tickets mentioned above.
  • You will receive a confirmation email and SMS containing your booking details along with a QR code after successful payment.
  • Get a hard copy of your e-ticket and carry it along with your original photo ID. Also, scan the QR code at the entry gate of the venue.

This year too, the invitations to various dignitaries were issued in electronic mode through the dedicated portal This ensured the whole process to be more secure & paperless and enabled people from all parts of the country to attend this national event.
In order to ensure maximum Jan Bhagidari, the number of seats for public has been enhanced. Accordingly, the number of tickets for public has been increased which could be booked from The details of price and number of tickets for Republic Day Parade and Beating Retreat Ceremony, 2024 are as under:-
For Republic Day Parade on 26th January, 2024
Rs 20/- = 4,320 tickets
Rs 100/- = 37,680 tickets
For Beating Retreat Ceremony on 29th January, 2024
Rs 100 = 1,200 tickets
Tickets of the Republic Day Parade and Beating Retreat Ceremony may also be booked through MSeva Mobile App available on Google Play Store.
Park & Ride and Metro Facility
Free of cost Park & Ride and Metro Facility would be provided to the public for witnessing the Republic Day Parade. Metro will be operational on January 26, 2024 beginning 0400 hrs. Guests and ticket holders may avail metro facility free of cost by displaying their invitation/ticket. Free of cost Park & Ride bus facility may be availed by the guests and ticket holders from JLN Stadium and Palika Bazaar Parking area.
PM’s At-Home Function
As per practice, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will meet NCC Cadets, NSS Volunteers, Youth Exchange programme cadets, Tableaux Artists, Tribal Guests, etc. of Republic Day Celebrations at his residence in New Delhi on January 24, 2024.
PM’s NCC Rally
The PM’s NCC rally is scheduled to be held at Cariappa Parade Ground, Delhi Cantt. on January 27, 2024 where Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will review the multifarious activities of the NCC.
Beating Retreat
Beating Retreat ceremony, which will be held at Vijay Chowk on January 29, 2024, will witness all Indian tunes to mark the culmination of 75th Republic Day celebrations. The tunes will be played by bands of Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air Force, CAPFs before a distinguished audience comprising of President Droupadi Murmu, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence minister Rajnath Singh, other Union ministers, senior officials and the general public. The Defence Secretary stated that an online competition will be held wherein people can sing/play the Indian tunes, highlighting the sacrifices & patriotism of soldiers, and upload them on MyGov. Top entries will be given rewards.

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