Celebrating India's 68th Republic Day
It's with much pride and joy that Indians all over the world will celebrate the 68th Republic Day on 26th January. The world's largest democracy has progressed by leaps and bounds since 1947.The Indian Constitution came into being on 26th January 1950. The chief architect of the Constitution was Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar.
January 26th 1930 was declared as the Purna Swaraj Day or Independence Day. Since 15th Aug was the actual Independence Day, 26th January was set as the Republic Day, the day when India became a Republic. Republic Day in India is celebrated with the same fanfare as Independence Day with grand parades by the Indian army, air force, navy, artists and performers not only in Delhi but in all the capital cities of all the states of India. Its a true show of diverse cultures.
Here in Mombasa, the Republic day is celebrated at the Indian High Commission where first the assistant High Commissioner hoists the flag. All present sing the National Anthem and then various Indian communities come together to perform traditional dances, sing patriotic songs and perform small skits. After that everyone is treated to some snacks which usually is ganthias, jalebis, kachoris and not forgetting the typical swahili foods like mamri, dal bhajia and viyasi karai along with some proper Indian masala tea.
Our FoodieMonday Bloghop group researched on how food was influenced during the British Raj. During the Raj, a fusion of the Indian and British and other European flavours were developed which till date are not only savoured by the Indians but also by the British community. Rissoles, cutlets, puddings, curries, chutneys, chops, foogath, all were developed during that era.
To celebrate the 68th Republic Day check out what the members of this group have prepared and do read the articles as many have come up with interesting facts about the colonial inspired cuisine.
From top left to right:
Railway Mutton Curry by Sujata
Madras Chicken Curry by Alka
Vegetarian Kedgeree by Pushpita
Middle row left to right:
Veggie Cutlets by Rupal
Mushroom Vindaloo by Preethi
Berrilicious Pudding by Kriti
Bottom row left to right:
Vegetable Mulligatawny Soup by Mayuri
Fruit Cocktail Terrain cake by Waagmi
Just click on the name of the dish and you will be transported to the blog site.