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Four-day Republic Day celebrations conclude in New Delhi with grand 'Beating the Retreat' ceremony
Three days after the coulourful 68th Republic Day celebrations at the Rajpath, the 'Beating the Retreat' ceremony was held in Delhi on January 29.

The ceremony was held at Vijay Chowk with the stately Rashtrapati Bhawan at the background. The event reminded of soldiers calling a close down to the war at sunset, which in the language of the Army is called 'the retreat' with the sound of the bugles.

This time more of Indian classical band renditions took place where President Pranab Mukherjee rode the ceremonial buggy down the Raisina Hills to greet the spectators with his customary wave.

On January 29 in Delhi, the event officially marked the finale of the Republic Day celebrations with some units of the armed forces performing lively executions and collective playing of the hymn by the bands called 'Abide with me'. It was informed that this time, 16 Military Bands, 16 Pipes and Drum Bands from Regimental Centres and Battalions participated in the ceremony.

At 6 o'clock in the evening, the bugles called the retreat sound and the national flag was lowered with the national anthem sung in musical harmony. The silhouetted riders moved away from the background, which sets the conclusion of the four-day Republic Day celebrations. As the spectators were leaving they were treated with lighting up of the historical buildings in the backdrop.

After the ceremony was over, Prime Minister Narendra Modi walked around the Vijay Chowk and greeted the spectators on the occasion amid loud cheers and waving of hands.

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