India celebrated its 68th Republic Day on Thursday (26 January 2017) with an elaborate display of cultural events including parades, acrobats and vast displays of military hardware.

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Policewomen taking part in the India's Republic Day parade in Allahabad, IndiaJitendra Prakash/Reuters

India won independence from British rule on 15 August 1947. Republic Day honours the date on which the Constitution of India came into play as the new governing document of the country, replacing the 1935 Government of India Act on 26 January 1950.

Festivities took place all over the country, with particularly spectacular sights observed in Jammu, Srinagar and Kolkata. IBTimes UK presents some of the best photos from the 2017 Indian Republic Day so far:

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Policemen loading rifles as they take part in the India's Republic Day parade in AllahabadJitendra Prakash/Reuters
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Indian school students displaying 'kalaripayittu', an ancient martial art, during a parade to mark Republic Day in ChennaiArun Sankar/AFP
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Schoolchildren taking part in the Republic Day parade in BengaluruAbhishek N Chinnappa/Reuters
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Students holding balloons as they leave an event to mark Republic Day in MumbaiIndranil Mukherjee/AFP
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Indian cadets during a parade to mark Republic Day in ChennaiArun Sankar/AFP
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An Indian military contingent during the Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New DelhiPrakash Singh/AFP
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An Indian Army contingent during the 68th Republic Day parade in New DelhiMoney Sharma/AFP
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Indian soldiers during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, IndiaAdnan Abidi/Reuters
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An Indian artist taking part in the Republic Day parade in New DelhiAdnan Abidi/Reuters
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The Indian Military Police's Dare Devil stunt team in a display during the Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New DelhPrakash Singh/AFP
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Policemen marching during India's Republic Day parade on a cold winter day in SrinagarDanish Ismail/Reuters
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A man sheltering from the rain at the India Gate following the Republic Day parade in New DelhiCathal McNaughton/Reuters
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A policeman on to his hand as he takes part in a parade to celebrate India's Republic Day in SrinagarDanish Ismail/Reuters
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Schoolgirls on the steps of a stadium covered with snow as they watch India's Republic Day celebrations on a cold winter day in SrinagarDanish Ismail/Reuters
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An Indian student at an event to mark the 68th Republic Day in HyderabadNoah Seelam/AFP