We all enjoy the last episode of nation festival but many of us don't know what is Beating Retreat all about?

Here, we bring the highlights of Beating Retreat:

1. Beating Retreat is organised on the evening of January 29 just after three days of Republic Day.

2. The mega musical procession is carried out by the bands of Army, Navy and Air Force.

3. The military march starts from Raisina Hills and it passes by Adjacent square, Vijay Chowk, and the North and South Block of the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President's Palace) towards the end of Rajpath.

4. The President, who is the Chief Guest of the function, is escorted by a cavalry unit.

5. Fanfare, sounded by the trumpeters of the Brigade of the Guards on their natural trumpets, welcomes to the President.

6. PBG Commander ( President's Bodyguard) asks the unit to give the national salute, which is followed by the playing of the Indian National Anthem, Jana Gana Mana.

7. In the presence of  the massed bands, Tricolour is unfurled on the flagpole at the Vijay Chowk.

8. Fist time, the ceremony was started in the early 1950s when Major Roberts of the Indian Army developed the ceremony of display by the massed bands.

9. Beating Retreat is originated from Europe. First time it was performed by English military on June 18, 1690.  

10. During the1982 Asian Games in New Delhi, Beating Retreat like-march was organised by the Armed Forces bands.

JPN/Raju Kumar

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