Grandeur Of ‘Beating The Retreat’ Ceremony


New Delhi: After the nation witnessed the historic 69th Republic Day parade three days back, the national capital on Monday is all set for ‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony at the Vijay Chowk.

Bands from the army, navy, air force, state police and Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) will participate in the ceremony.

‘Beating Retreat’ ceremony is held here every year on 29 January, marking the culmination of the four-day-long Republic Day celebrations.

As many as 26 performances will be held by the army, navy, air force, state police and the CAPF bands taking turns to enthral the audience, which includes the President other dignitaries.

The ceremony traces its origins to the early 1950s when Major Roberts of the Indian Army developed the unique ceremony of display by the massed bands.

‘Beating the Retreat’ marks a centuries-old military tradition, when the troops ceased fighting, sheathed their arms and withdrew from the battlefield and returned to the camps at sunset at the sounding of the Retreat.