Independence Day Wagah Border Parade 2019 and Flag Ceremony

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Independence Day Wagah Border Parade 2019

The Wagah Border Ceremony, more popularly known as Beating Retreat Ceremony, was started in 1959. The purpose of "Wagah Border Ceremony" is to formally close the border for the night and take-off the National Flag of both nations. The Flag Lowering Ceremony is done daily before sunset. However, this is an entertainment ceremony but displayed as patriotic performance every day.

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Where is the Wagah Border?

Wagah, a village situated on the Grand Trunk Road between Amritsar of India and Lahore in Pakistan. The Wagah border is situated at a distance of 29 kms. from Lahore (Pakistan) and 27 kms. from Amritsar (India). Radcliffe Line which had been drawn during 1947, Split one country into two parts. Radcliffe Line passes through the village Wagah on the Indian side. Wagah Border is the crucial point between India and Pakistan and is open for tourists on a regular basis.


During Wagah Border Ceremony; National Anthem is played, slogans of patriotism and dance is also performed on Bollywood songs. Apart from this, sometimes cultural programs are also organized. In this ceremony, people from other countries of the world along with Indian citizens participate.

At the time of the retreat, the border looks like a battleground, as the procession is conducted with loud shouts and heavy foot stomping by the soldiers. A form of marching where soldiers lift up their legs very high is known as “Goose Marching”.  This procession continues for 45 minutes.

Wagah Border Parade Timings Pakistan 2019

The size of the stadium is limited so everyone can't get in. The seats are allocated on “first come first serve basis”. So you need to arrive here at 2.30 PM in winter and at 3 PM in summer. The Beating Retreat Ceremony starts at 5:15 PM in summer and 4:15 PM in winter.


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