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Shree Prajapati Association Bradford celebrates India’s Republic Day

People from the Shree Hindu Temple in Little Horton came together yesterday to celebrate India’s 73rd Republic Day.

The Shree Prajapati Association Bradford celebrated India’s 73rd Republic Day yesterday.

On 15 August 1947, India achieved independence from British colonial rule, but it wasn’t until 26 January 1950 that the constitution came into force, replacing the Government of India Act 1935.

The day also celebrates the transition to a fully sovereign republic in the Commonwealth of Nations, with the President of India as the head of the Indian Union.

Ramilaben Tailor, president of the Shree Hindu Temple.

The president of Shree Hindu Temple in BD5, Ramilaben Tailor, organised a Republic Day celebration for people from the Indian community living in Bradford.

After the normal prayer service was over, they celebrated Republic Day by hoisting the Indian Flag, singing the Indian national anthem, and saying prayers.

Mrs Tailor said: “Since Covid-19 hit, we have been very careful, but the event today has brought people out and made sure that people’s minds are fresh, instead of being stuck at home and being depressed.

“People enjoy singing and meeting with people, it refreshes people’s minds and mental health. We try and keep people coming. Normally, we would do a big function and people would bring a variety of food and do some fun and games, and pass the money raised on to charity but with Covid-19 still in mind, we thought it would be best to keep it down.”

Around 34 people took part in the celebration.

Around 34 people then went for an hour’s walk around Horton Park to enjoy the fresh air and get in some exercise as a community.

General secretary of Bradford Hindu Council, Harkishan Mistry, could not make the celebrations today but played a part in organising the event. He said: “Due to Covid-19, the event was very understated.

“Republic Day of India is very important to Indians living in the UK as it marks the day when the constitution of India came into force, stating how the country was going to be run and the rules and regulations.

“It is a very important day in India. Massive parades take place showing the armed forces in various colours. It is celebrated all around the world as Indians live not just in India but elsewhere.”

Mr Mistry added: “It means a lot to me. My parents are from India, and I am of Indian origin. I’m proud that the country is the largest democracy in the world, and we have all the various religions that live harmoniously in India.”

Prime minister Boris Johnson also wished everyone celebrating the day well, on Twitter. He said: “The UK and India are tied by bonds that span over decades, through generations and across some of the greatest challenges we have faced.”


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