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Republic Day: Events in Delhi that will make you step out and have fun on this holiday

Here’s a couple of events that you can attend in the Capital to make the most of the national holiday on January 26.

delhi Updated: Jan 25, 2018 17:58 IST
Henna Rakheja
Henna Rakheja
Hindustan Times
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A walk in Mehrauli Archaeological Park, poetry on contemporary topics, and screening of retro films will make your Republic Day weekend a memorable one. (Delhi Walks)

What’s your plan for the Republic Day? All those thinking of turning into couch potatoes as the soldiers march past on the India Gate boulevard, think again. There are a couple of interesting events that will surely inspire you to step out of your homes. So, make sure you do something fun this long weekend.

1.Experience Delhi’s heritage

The Beginning of Delhi – a Republic Day special walk, with various pit stops, will help the participants explore the history of the area of Mehrauli Archaeological Park. Organised by Delhi Walks, this event will take you to places of historical significance in, and around South Delhi. For those looking forward to know more about Delhi’s history, let the R-Day spirit be your excuse.

Where: Mehrauli Archaeological Park
When: January 26
Timings: 10am to 11.30am

2. Anti Toxic by UnErase Poets

Anti Toxic by UnErase Poets will have Aranya Johar reciting her verses.

Four young poets — Aranya Johar, Yahya Bootwala, Gaurav Tripathi, and Simar Singh — popular on social media, will come together to recite poems that are contemporary, relevant, youthful, and variant. This event of poetry on the Republic Day will let Delhiites explore viral content that is strong, contemporary, and related to the socio-political conditions of our surroundings. “I think most of the teenagers and young adults have a flair for writing, whether it’s prose or poems. Giving them a platform to express their emotions and opinions on significant issues on both social and personal levels is like giving them a new and more powerful voice,” says Singh.

Poet Yahya Bootwala will also perform at this event.

Where: Pearey Lal Bhawan, 1-2, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg
When: January 26
Timings: 6.30pm to 8.30pm

3. Retro in a Metro Festival

A still from the classic film Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, which will be screened at the event.

It’s not just patriotic films that should be on your binge-watch list, this long weekend. Reignite your love for the retro with Hindi film screenings. Movies such as Mother India (1957), Mr. India (1987), Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983), Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992), Andaz Apna Apna (1994), Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Gol Maal (1979), and Satya (1998), will be screened over three days.

A still from the movie Dil Chahta Hai.

Where: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
When: January 26 to 28
Timings: 6.30pm

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First Published: Jan 25, 2018 17:40 IST