This year, Independence Day celebrations at Sector-17 Parade Ground will not have the usual mass drill or the physical training (PT).
The day will rather have yoga flavour. The schools students, who had performed yoga on the second International Yoga Day last month, will display different asanas. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had performed yoga along with 30,500 people in Chandigarh at the Capitol Complex on June 21. School and college students were imparted a month-long training in protocol yoga. The same will be exhibited during the August 15 celebrations.
The decision was made during a meeting to review the preparations for the day. The UT deputy commissioner (DC) Ajit Balaji Joshi said, “ We will have 20-minutes protocol yoga on the day. We will also try to put up other cultural programmes involving students.”
The sources in the administration said with yoga being included this time, residents will get to see something different and this will promote healthy lifestyle.
Sources said the DC instructed the officers to come up with ideas for cultural items and can also loop in the cultural department of Punjab and Haryana. Names of the students who will perform at the event are yet to be finalised.
They said an idea of holding an early morning march or rally, in the background of patriotic songs was also discussed but is yet to be finalised. The security arrangements were also discussed.