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Beating Retreat 2020: Here's All You Need to Know about the Ceremony

The Beating Retreat ceremony begins with the arrival of the President of India, who is accompanied by his bodyguards, mounted on horses, in their ceremonial dress.

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Updated:January 29, 2020, 1:26 PM IST
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Beating Retreat 2020: Here's All You Need to Know about the Ceremony
Jawans during the 'Beating Retreat' rehearsal in New Delhi, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The ceremony held on January 29 every year marks the culmination of the four-day-long Republic Day celebrations. (Image: PTI)

The Beating Retreat ceremony 2020 will be held on Wednesday, January 29. The Beating Retreat ceremony marks the formal culmination of the Republic Day celebrations that continues for four days. The grand ceremony that is held at Raisina Hills sees performances by bands of three wings of the armed forces -- Army, Navy and Air Force.

Beating Retreat 2020 would see a total of 14 military bands performing at the event.

The Beating Retreat ceremony begins with the arrival of the President of India, who is accompanied by his bodyguards, mounted on horses, in their ceremonial dress. Towards the end of the event, the Prime Minister walks around Vijay Chowk and greets the crowd.

History of Beating Retreat

Beating Retreat traces its origins to the early 1950s when Major Roberts of the Indian Army developed the unique ceremony.

Beating Retreat ceremony marks an old military tradition. When troops stopped fighting and left the battlefield, before returning to the camps at sunset they would sound of the Retreat.

About Beating Retreat 2020

According to a report by Business Standard, the Beating Retreat 2020 ceremony would see Wing Commander Vipul Goyal giving the command to Inter-services guard. The Air Force march would be led by Flight Lieutenant Shrikant Sharma and three other officers. The Air Force band will see 72 musicians and 3 drum majors.

When will Beating Retreat 2020 Ceremony Begin

The Beating Retreat 2020 ceremony will begin at 6 pm on Wednesday, January 29.

Traffic advisory for Beating Retreat 2020 ceremony

Delhi Traffic Police have issued a traffic advisory for Beating Retreat 2020 ceremony. Traffic movement will be restricted in the following places for the ceremony from 2:00 pm to 9:30 pm.

- Vijay Chowk will be closed for traffic

- No traffic will be permitted on Rafi Marg between Sunehri Masjid and R/A Krishi Bhawan

-Traffic will not be allowed on Raisina Road from Krishi Bhawan towards Vijay Chowk

-Traffic curbs will also be in force in Dara Shikoh Road, Krishna Menon Marg and Sunehri Masjid towards Vijay Chowk

- Vijay Chowk and 'C'-Hexagon will also be out of bounds

- The traffic police has advised People in Dhave been advised to take alternate routes - Ring Road, Ridge Road, Aurobindo Marg, Madarsa 'T' Point, Safdarjung Road, Kamal Ataturk Marg, Rani Jhansi Road, Minto Road among others.

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