A large number of eminent Indian Americans gathered at the embassy here yesterday even as the city and its surrounding areas are yet to recover from a major blizzard over the weekend that dumped 20-30 inches of snow.

Before unfurling the national flag, Singh paid floral tributes to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in front of the embassy.

He also addressed the Indian American community and read out the speech of President Pranab Mukherjee delivered on the eve of Republic Day.

Similar Republic Day celebrations were held at other Indian diplomatic missions in New York, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta and San Francisco and the Permanent Mission of India to the UN.

The Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) hosted the Republic Day celebrations over the weekend in Chicago on January 24.

Indian Americans also observed Republic Day with great fanfare and patriotic fervour in Houston yesterday where the Consulate General of India observed the occasion with a flag hoisting ceremony at the home of Consul General Parvatheneni Harish who unfurled the tricolour.

Despite a chilly morning and a working day a large number of guests attended the republic day.

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