70th Republic Day of India in Hungary

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The Embassy of India in Hungary celebrated the 70th Republic Day of India on Jan 26, 2019.

The celebration started in the morning hours with H.EAmbassador Kumar Tuhin unfurling the national flag at the Embassy premises. Also read out the message from the President of India and raised the National Flag of India.

The celebrations continued in the evening hours by  attendance  to invited members of the Diplomatic Corps, dignitaries, senior government functionaries, prominent representatives, the Indian community, Hungarian political, business and cultural scenes, also by India’s friends and supporters.

At first the evening proceeded with the ceremonial lighting of the lamp and the two countries anthem. The India Ambassador to Hungary H.E. Kumar Tuhin and appearance of Guest of honor Ms Cecilia Szilas, State Secretary for Development of Eastern Relations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially opened the celebration event at the Budapest’s  Marirott Hotel.

Ambassador Kumar Tuhin conveyed his festive greetings to the audience and said that India’s relations with Hungary is steadily growing and the interaction in diverse sectors, especially in economic and commercial sectors, is increasing. Hungary had been one of the first to recognize India’s sovereignty and the two had established diplomatic relations in 1948. India was one of Hungary’s most important trade partners and other links included over 200 Indian students coming to Hungary and around 40 Hungarian students going the other way.

He continued by emphasizing the significance of this year’s celebration as it not only marks 70 years of India – Hungary diplomatic relations but also 70 years of the promulgation of the Indian Constitution. (The  Republic Day commemorates the occasion on January 26, 1950 when India, after gaining independence from Great Britain in 1947, adopted its Constitution … 1949. January 26 was already an auspicious day for India because in 1930 it was declared as Independence Day by no less than “The Father of the Nation” – Mahatma Gandhi.  H.E. Tuhin said India had the largest, most vibrant and probably fastest growing democracy in the world. Hungary had been one of the first to recognize India’s sovereignty.

Ms Szilas expressed her warm wishes for the occasion and outlined the commitment of the Ministry in strengthening the diplomatic relations between India and Hungary in future.

A video was broadcasted for the invited guests  to have a peck into the official celebration in New Delhi – where more than l.5 billion India individuals awoke up to their special day … the Republic Day of India. Below a full overview of the celebration in India can be followed:


The Ambassador expressed his thanks to the guests for attending and celebrating this special day together.

The highlight of the evening was followed by the group rendered enchanting Hungarian musicians and Kathak performance by Sonali Roy and her group on a soulful Sufi song sung by Abida Parveen.

Entertainment and Flavors were not missing … After the colorful cultural program a reception followed to experience ” The Taste of Incredible India”!

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

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