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Press Release on the occasion of the 75th Republic Day of India, 26 January 2024

Posted on: January 26, 2024 | Back | Print

The 75th Republic Day of India was celebrated on 26th January 2024 in Rome.

2. The celebration of 75th Republic Day of India commenced in the morning with an event held with full zeal and patriotic fervour in the multi-purpose hall of the Embassy of India, Rome. The celebration was attended by over 100 people from all walks of life, among them were Embassy officials, family members, representatives of the Indian community including students, priests and friends of India.

3. The event commenced with the unfurling of the National Flag by Ambassador Dr. Neena Malhotra, followed by the singing of the National Anthem. Thereafter, in the Hall of the Chancery, the Ambassador read out excerpts from the address of Hon’ble President of India to the nation on the eve of the Republic Day and shared her felicitation and remarks with the audience. A short cultural program was held on the occasion. Light refreshments were also served at the end of the programme.

4. In the evening, a gala reception was organized by the Embassy from 1800 hrs to 2100 at Hotel Westin Excelsior. Ms. Maria Tripodi, Under Secretary of State to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Members of the India-Italy Parliamentary Friendship Group such as Senator Lucio Malan, Senator Lavinia Mennuni, Member of Parliament Andrea di Guiseppe, H.E. Emmanuela Del Re, EU Special Envoy on Africa, Ambassador Riccardo Guariglia, Secretary General of the Farnesina were also present on the auspicious occasion. The programme began with the traditional lighting of the lamp by the eminent guests, playing of National Anthems of India and Italy, followed by welcome speeches by the Ambassador and by the Chief Guest.

5. A cultural programme incorporating classical, folk and Bollywood dances enthralled the audience. Dinner was served at the end of the programme. Around 250 guests, including members of India-Italy Parliamentary Friendship Group, Ambassadors, officials of the Italian government, members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of Rome-based UN organizations, Italian friends of India and academicians as well as members of the Indian community from Rome and nearby areas attended the function.