With Covid still lurking as a threat in NCR, Republic Day saw a few limitations. Large gatherings were avoided. But there was no dearth of patriotism on the 73rd Republic Day in Noida extension. Celebrations were witnessed throughout the GreNo community: societies, Authority and schools.
Noida Authority celebrated Republic day with great spirits. To mark the occasion the Authority office was beautifully lit up in tricolour commemorating Republic Day. Several officers and workers of Greater Noida Authority came together for a flag hoisting and oath-taking ceremony.
Amandeep Tuli, CEO, Greater Noida Authority said during the ceremony, "World always assumed that in India there are so many castes, religions, languages, regions and states that it can never become one nation, but India did it. Today India is the best example of unity in diversity."
"We are working towards making Greater Noida an International level hub for every Indian, so nobody would feel the need to go abroad in future" he added. OSD Sachin Kumar, GM finance Monika Chaturvedi, GM Project AK Arora, OSD Naveen Kumar Singh, Greater Noida Employees Association's President Gajendra Chaudhry, Archana Dwivedi were also present.
Republic Day was also celebrated in societies of Greater Noida West in unique ways, keeping Covid norms such as social distancing in mind.
A small flag hoisting ceremony took place in Oxford Square society around 9.30 am. Children were seen dressed up in tricolour for the occasion. The area was decorated with the colours of the National flag for a celebratory vibe.
Residents of Victory 1 Amara made the most of the sunny day on January 26, 2022. A limited number of residents gathered for a flag hoisting ceremony with their children in masks. Saurabh Shukla, a resident said, "As there is ample sunlight today, we feel God also wanted us to celebrate Republic Day. Else, with the spine chilling winter and no sunlight, we hardly came out in the last few days."
Nirala Aspire was seen painted in the colours of the tricolour. Tricolour decorations could be seen in lifts and the lobby contributing to a festive vibe. The maintenance staff saluted the national flag and sweets were distributed to residents and workers.
In 6th Avenue, Gaur City, senior citizens came forward and saluted the National flag, and paid their respect. Moreover, residents of SKA Greenarch also hosted a small ceremony and shared sweets among residents and staff.
The 73rd Republic Day also saw virtual celebrations among schools in Greater Noida West. Children engaged in fun activities over online meets relevant to the day.
Parul Shrivastava, branch head of Makoon preschool said "We held an online celebration keeping Covid and Winters in view. Children made presentations, sang patriotic songs and engaged with each other. Parents were also a part of the special assembly and appreciated the children's efforts."
In the wake of Covid, Icon School, Noida Extension held a small function physically and a larger online celebration.
Richa Gupta, Branch Head while talking to CitySpidey said, "We celebrated this Republic Day because we must nurture and imbibe our students with all the qualities and they should know the sacrifices made by our soldiers and their families. The majority of the children attended the online celebrations which went well."