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My English Reader Class 6 DAV Solutions Unit 1 Celebrations
DAV Class 6 English Reader Book Solutions Unit 1 Celebrations
Festivals are occasions that offer people the chance to celebrate together. Complete the given web chart by writing the names of the festivals (national and international), celebrated during first six months of the year.
Hina Matsuri Summary
Hina Matsuri is a festival celebrated in Japan every year on 3rd March. This day is dedicated entirely to the Japanese dolls. Every girl has a beautiful set of dolls which represent the traditional Japanese values. On this day the girls wear a traditional Japanese dress called Kimono which has several layers in it. A purification ceremony called Nagashi Bina is held at Awashima Shrine near Osaka on this day.
Huge crowds gather outside the shrine to watch this ceremony. The dolls are placed in the boats and after prayers the boats are led in a procession from the shrine to the nearby sea. These dolls are believed to carry the person’s illness and bad luck with them and go to the country of God. Japanese prepare pink rice cakes called mochi and many other snacks. These are first offered to the dolls and then to all the visitors.
हिना मतसुरी का त्योहार जापान में हर वर्ष 3 मार्च को मनाया जाता है। यह दिन जापानी गुड़ियों को समर्पित पूर्णतया है। इस दिन हर जापानी बालिका के पास खूबसूरत गुड़ियों का जोड़ा होता है जो जापान के परंपरागत आदर्शों को दर्शाती है। इस दिन यहाँ लड़कियाँ परंपरागत जापानी पोशाक पहनती हैं, जिसे कीमोनो कहा जाता है तथा जिसमें अनेक परतें होती हैं। नगाशी वीना नामक त्योहार ओसाका के नज़दीक अवशिमा पूजा स्थल पर होता है। पूजा स्थल के बाहर इस त्योहार को देखने के लिए बहुत बड़ी भीड़ एकत्रित होती है।
गुड़ियों को नाव में रखा जाता है और प्रार्थना के बाद इन्हें जुलूस के साथ मंदिर से नज़दीकी समुद्र की ओर ले जाया जाता है। यह माना जाता है कि ये गुड़ियाँ अपने साथ अपने मालिक का रोग और दुर्भाग्य भगवान के पास ले जाती हैं। इस दिन यहाँ के लोग गुलाबी मालपुआ (जिसे मोची कहा जाता है) तथा अन्य पकवान बनाते हैं। ये पकवान पहले गुड़ियों को भेंट किया जाता है और बाद में दर्शनार्थियों को दिया जाता है।
Word – Meanings:
Dignity = honour – सम्मान;
Intended = willing – इच्छुक;
Ill – fortune = bad luck – दुर्भाग्य;
Robes = long traditional dresses – लम्बी पारंपरिक पोशाक;
Elaborate = done or made very carefully – सावधानी से निर्मित
A.2. Various beliefs are associated with the festival of Hina Matsuri. On the basis of your readings of the above entry, complete the chart given below.
A.3. Fill in the blanks with one word/phrase each.
(a) Traditional food for Hina Matsuri : ________
(b) Number of silk layers in the ceremonial robe of the Empress doll : ________
12 years of silk
(c) Venue for the purification ceremony : ________
Awashima Shrine near Osaka
(d) The month in which Hina Matsuri takes place : ________
(e) The doll-casting ceremony : ________
(f) Qualities that the dolls represent : ________
Festivals bring us joy and happiness. We all like to celebrate together. But in our society, there are many underprivileged children, who cannot partake in festivities. Enlist a few things you can do for such children so that they can also experience the joy of celebration.
There are many things which can be done for such children.
(a) Collecting money to buy crackers and sweets which can be distributed to them during festivals like Diwali.
(b) Planning a party for them.
(c) Instead of celebrating birthdays in the usual way — we can use that money to buy gifts for these children.
A.5. Complete the puzzle with the antonyms of the words given below. You can find the antonyms in the encylopaedia entry – Hina Matsuri.
2. simple or plain
A.6. When we think about festivals and celebrations, many words come into our head. A list of few words is given below. Use a dictionary to find their meanings and write them in the space provided.
(a) festivity ________
celebration and enjoyment
(b) carnival ________
a travelling enterprise offering amusement
(c) gaiety ________
(d) frolic ________
full of fun
(e) ritual ________
done in accordance with religion, rites, customs, etc
A.7. Summarizing a text means providing appropriate words for long sentences. A useful summary technique is to replace a group of words with one word. Match each phrase with a word from the box given below. Write the word in place of the phrase.
(a) put on the top of another – ________
(b) as a result – ________
(c) what is more – ________
(d) not too difficult – ________
(e) the majority – ________
(j) in order to – ________
(g) a number of – ________
Listen to the audio CD titled Listen & Comprehend (Class-VI). After listening, answer the questions asked in the audio CD verbally. Listen to the tape script once again and attempt the given question. The tape script is also given on page no. 27.
A.8. Listen to the tape script on Kodomono-hi carefully and tick (✓) the correct option(s).
1. Kodomono-hi is a festival celebrated by the –
(a) Japanese girls.
(b) Japanese bys.
(c) Japanese people.
(a) Japanese girls.
2. Kodomono-hi is celebrated on the –
(a) sixth day of May.
(b) fifth day of May.
(c) fifth day of March.
(b) fifth day of May.
3. Kodomono-hi is celebrated to demonstrate the qualities such as
4. The Japanese boys bathe with iris leaves to
(a) make them beautiful.
(b) protect them from illness.
(c) make themselves strong.
(b) protect them from illness.
5. Kazu finds wearing kimono somewhat uncomfortable because
(a) it is a traditional dress.
(b) it is too long.
(c) it is tight around the chest.
(c) it is tight around the chest.
6. A carp is a __________
7. The carp kites inspire the young Japanese boys to
(a) overcome obstacles.
(b) be successful.
(c) fly more carp kites.
(a) overcome obstacles.
A.9. Celebrating Family History
At a family gathering, such as a holiday celebration, a birthday party or a family visit, telling stories about the family history can be fun.
Celebrate the family history week in your classroom. Each student tracks their family history and weaves it in the form of tale.
Sonu’s Interview with his grandmother.
Sonu: Grandma! Where did you live when you were a child?
Grandma: I used to live in Lucknow. We had a big house with a garden where we had planted many fruit trees.
Sonu: You were the eldest one I suppose.
Grandma: Yes, I was the eldest one. I didn’t go to school after Class 6. I remained at home and helped my mother in kitchen work.
Sonu: At what age did you get married?
Grandma: I was 18 years old when I got married. It was a big celebration.
Sonu: Which festival did you like as a child? .
Grandma: I liked to celebrate all festivals. We would make all sweets at home.
Sonu: Any party that you remember?
Grandma: Yes! I remember a party which my father gave when he got promotion.
There was a big celebration. All our relatives had also come. Those days
the food was prepared at home by special cooks.
Sonu: What about this photograph? When was it taken?
Grandma: This is the photograph of your grandfather and mine. It was taken when I first met your grandfather.
Sonu: Who clicked the photograph?
Grandma: My uncle clicked all the photographs. He had bought a new camera. Sonu: Grandma, as you said that you helped your mother in cooking and
cleaning, did you teach my mother also all these things?
Grandma: Yes, I taught her many things like making pickles and laddoos.
Sonu: That’s why she makes such yummy laddoos.
The Story Telling
Sonu dressed up in Grandma’s Sari.
Dear children, today I am going to narrate a story about my childhood. I was born in a big family. I have four brothers and three sisters, all of whom are well settled and living a comfortable life.
I couldn’t complete my studies as I dropped out of school after Class 6 and started helping my mother in housework. I loved playing and cooking more than anything else. I would help my mother in the kitchen also.
We lived in a big house with a garden. We had planted so many fruit trees. It was fun playing in the garden during hot summer afternoons and eating fruits straight from the trees.
I got married at the age of 18 with a big, elaborate ceremony. Celebrations and festivals were fun during those days. Preparation for same started many days before. We would get busy in the kitchen making sweets. Sometimes special cooks were there. Nobody liked to buy sweets from the shops.
Oh! how I miss those days.
Birthday !! Summary
In this poem, the poet is telling us about the various ways and languages in which we can wish happy birthday to anybody. He tells us whatever be the language, the meaning is the same, i.e. ‘Happy birthday to you’. The birthday song ‘Happy B’day to you”! was written about hundred years ago by Mildred Hill and Patty Hill of America. People play B’day games as it is believed that the B’day marks the end of the past year and the beginning of the new year. Beautiful birthday cards are also given to one another on this day. The custom of making B’day cards and gifting them was started in England about hundred years ago.
इस कविता में, कवि उन विभिन्न तरीकों एवं भाषाओं की चर्चा कर रहा है, जिसके माध्यम से हम किसी को भी उसके जन्मदिन पर शुभकामनाएँ दे सकते हैं । कवि कहता है कि चाहे किसी भी भाषा का इस्तेमाल किया जाए, सबका एक ही अर्थ होता है ‘Happy birthday to you ( तुम्हें जन्मदिन मुबारक हो!) ‘ ‘Happy birthday to you’ नामक यह अमेरिका Mildred Hill तथा Patty Hill के द्वारा लिखा जन्मदिन के अवसर पर गाया जानेवाला गीत सैंकड़ों वर्ष पूर्व गया था। लोग अपने जन्मदिन को एक खेल की तरह मनाते हैं, क्योंकि ऐसा माना जाता है कि जन्मदिन पिछले वर्ष के समापन तथा नए वर्ष के आरंभ का सूचक है। जन्मदिन के अवसर पर एक-दूसरे को सुंदर कार्ड दिए जाते हैं। जन्मदिन के कार्ड का निर्माण तथा इसे उपहार स्वरूप देने की परंपरा इंग्लैंड में सैंकड़ों वर्ष पूर्व प्रारंभ की गई थी।
B.2. (a) Work with your partner and list all the games that you play at birthday parties.
Popular Games at Birthday Parties
- I play Antakshari.
- I play musical chairs.
- I play balloon walk.
- I play birthday cake hunt.
- I play Tambola.
- I play blindman’s bluff.
(b) Create a birthday card with your personal message for your best friend.
B.3. Read the following excerpt, reconstructed with the help of Chapter 1 of the book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling.
The Best Birthday Summary
One day Harry got up at one o’clock in the morning. It was his birthday but he was not aware of this fact. Today he had turned thirteen. Harry Potter lived with the Dursley family which included uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and their son, Dudley. Harry’s parents James and Lily died in a car accident when he was just one year old. So the only living relatives were the Dursleys family who did not like Harry.
Harry was a wizard but Dursley did not believe in magic at all. Harry studied in the Hogwart’s school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He had a pet owl called Hedwig. In the morning when Harry was standing at the window, he saw three owls coming towards him and each of them was carrying a packet tied to their feet. The first owl was Errol who had brought him a present from his best friend Ron. It contained a birthday card and a ‘Pocket Sneakoscope’ which he had sent to Harry from Egypt. It was the first birthday gift Harry had ever received.
The second packet which Hedwig had brought was sent by Hermione who was the most intelligent girl of his class. The third packet was brought by the golden owl. It was sent by Hagrid. It contained a book titled, “The Monster Book of Monsters’. Harry was very happy as it was the first time in the thirteen years that someones sent gifts to him on his birthday.
एक दिन हैरी सुबह एक बजे उठ गया। आज उसका जन्मदिन था। लेकिन हैरी को यह बात ज्ञात नहीं थी। आज हैरी तेरह वर्ष का हो गया था। हैरी पोटर डुरसले परिवार के साथ रहता था जिसमें अंकल वर्नान, आंटि पीटुनिया और उनके बेटे डडले रहते थे। हैरी के माता-पिता जेम्स और लिली का देहांत एक कार दुर्घटना में हो गया था तब वह सिर्फ एक वर्ष का था। हैरी के जीवित रिश्तेदारों में केवल डुरसले परिवार था, लेकिन वे लोग हैरी को पसंद नहीं करते थे।
डुरसले परिवार जादुई शक्तियों में बिल्कुल विश्वास नहीं करता था, जबकि हैरी एक जादूगर था । हैरी जादू और टोना के स्कूल होगवार्ट में पढ़ता था । हैरी के पास हैडविग नाम का एक पालतु उल्लू था। सुबह जब हैरी खिड़की के पास खड़ा था तो उसने तीन उल्लू अपनी तरफ़ आते हुए देखे। तीनों के पंजों में पैकेट बंधे हुए थे। पहला उल्लू एरोल था, जो उसके मित्र रॉन की तरफ़ से उपहार लाया था। इसमें एक जन्मदिन कार्ड और ‘पॉकेट स्नीकोस्कोप (एक प्रकार का लट्टू के समान खिलौना ) ‘ था जो उसने हैरी के लिए मिश्र से भेजा था । हैरी को उसके जन्मदिन पर प्रथम बार किसी ने उपहार दिया था।
दूसरा उपहार जो हेडविग लाया था, वह हैरी की कक्षा की सबसे होशियार छात्रा हरमिओन ने फ्रांस से भेजा था। तीसरा उपहार हैरी को उसके मित्र हैगरिड ने सुनहरे उल्लू द्वारा भेजा था, जिसमें ‘मॉन्स्टर बुक ऑफ़ मॉन्स्टर्स’ (Monster book of Monsters) नामक एक किताब थी । हैरी के लिए वह दिन बहुत ही खास था, क्योंकि इन तेरह वर्षों में किसी ने पहली बार उसके जन्मदिन पर उपहार भेजा था।
Word – Meanings:
Jolt = jerk – झोंका;
Wizard = magician – जादूगर;
Trembling = shivering – काँपना;
Pyramid = a shape with a flat base and three or four sides in the shape of triangles – पिरामिड;
Monster = a creature that is large, ugly and frightening – दैत्य, भीमकाय;
B.4. Complete the web chart given below with appropriate information.
B.5. Unjumble the words given in Column II and match them with the clues in Column I. One has been done for you.
|Column I||Column II|
|1. Harry Potter||(a) gsmelug
|2. Brightest girl in Harry’s class||(b) enoimreh
|3. The only living relatives of Harry||(c) Irero
|4. The other name for non -magical people|| (d) vdelurss
|5. Name of Ron’s pet owl||(e) dwriaz
1 – (e)
2 – (b)
3 – (d)
4 – (a)
5 – (c)
B.6. Fill in appropriate information from text.
B.7. Life Skills
We can strengthen our friendships by not taking our friends for granted. Small gestures to show gratitude to our friends like ‘a word of thanks’, help us to make our friendships stronger.
Imagine you are Harry Potter. When you get up in the morning, you decide to send ‘Thank you’ notes to your friends. Complete the notes that Hedwig can deliver to Harry’s friends who had sent him gifts.
Hello! Thanks a lot for the lovely present. It is the first time when anybody had remembered my birthday and. had sent me such a nice gif. This gif is going to be very helpful to me. I am really impressed with your gestu re. Thanks for making me special. I hope you are going to visit me very soon.
Wow! What a present! I could never have thought that somebody will think so much about me especially a talented girl like you. I really wanted this gif. It would really help me in my studies. Thanks a lot for showing your concern towards me. Hope you have a great trip in France.
How are you? Thank you for the present you have sent me. This book is really very interesting and I was searching this book since very long. Thanks a lot for understanding my need and giving me such a nice gifi. This book will really be useful to me in near future.
See you soon.
B.8. Work with your friend and find words from the text that mean the same as the following. Some clues are given to help you.
(a) a magician
(b) the use of magic power
(c) to shake with fear, cold or weakness
(d) a large stone structure with a flat square base and triangular sloping sides which meet to form a point at the top.
B.9. Paper used to wrap gifts can be red, golden, blue and so on. Colours can be used in other ways too. Several expressions in English make use of colours. Match the expression given in Column A with its appropriate meaning in
|Column A||Column B|
|(a) in the pink||(v) in very good health|
|(b) white elephant||(i) something that costs a lot of money but serves no useful purpose|
|(c) out of the blue||(vi) something completely unexpected|
|(d) red with rage||(iii) very angry|
|(e) green with envy||(iv) very jealous|
|(f) in black and white||(ii) put in the written form|
Hey friends! Let’s clean our unique earth.
C.2. (a) How do you spend your New Year day? Do you make resolutions every year? Discuss your resolutions with your friends. List two resolutions that you will make this year.
Resolution I : I’ll always do mu homework on time.
Resolution II : I’ll never tell a lie.
(b) On a coloured sheet, draw the scene of the New Year’s eve the way you would want to celebrate it.
My New Year’s Resolutions Summary
This is a humorous poem composed by Robert Fisher in which the poet makes a lot of resolutions for the New Year. The poet narrates some of his funniest new year resolutions which he does not intend to fulfil in reality. He decides that this year he will not irritate anybody including the cat which he used to throw out of the window. He will neither put frog in his sister’s bed nor tie his brother’s shoelaces together. He decides that from this year he will not do other mischiefs also such as jumping from the roof of his dad’s shed.
He plans to be very helpful to his mother by doing his work himself such as folding clothes and combing hair. He decides that he will eat whatever his mother will make for him. He also decides to follow the etiquettes like saying Thank you’ and ‘please ‘ even when it is not required. He will write in his diary regularly. He wants to be helpful everywhere in school and also wants to help old ladies crossing roads. To sum up, he wants to stay out of all the troubles. He wants to follow these resolutions sometimes in near future.
यह एक हास्यपूर्ण कविता है, जो रॉबर्ट फिशर द्वारा रचित है। इसमें कवि ने नव वर्ष के लिए बहुत से संकल्पों का वर्णन किया है। इस कविता में कवि ने बहुत से ऐसे हास्यप्रद संकल्प लिए हैं जिन्हें वह वास्तव में पूरा करने का इरादा नहीं करना चाहता। कवि यह संकल्प कर रहा है कि वह इस वर्ष अब किसी को परेशान नहीं करेगा। वह बिल्ली को भी खिड़की के बाहर नहीं भगाएगा। अपनी बहन के बिस्तर पर मेंढक नहीं छोड़ने और भाई के जूते के फीते आपस में न बाँधने का भी संकल्प लेता है।
वह यह निश्चय करता है कि इस वर्ष से वह अपने पिता की छत से कूदने की भी शरारत नहीं करेगा। वह कहता है कि वह अपनी माँ के हर काम में जो उससे संभव होगी हर मदद करेगा; जैसे- कपड़े तह करना, बालों में कंघी करना इत्यादि । वह चाहता है कि वह हर किसी को धन्यवाद और शुक्रिया बोलेगा, चाहे इसकी ज़रूरत भी न हो। वह डायरी नियमित रूप से लिखेगा। वह चाहता है कि जहाँ जरूरत हो उन स्कूलों में तथा बुजुर्ग महिलाओं को सड़क पार करने में मदद करेगा। वह चाहता है कि वह हर तरह की दुविधा से दूर रहे और अपने इन संकल्पों पर भविष्य में अमल करे।
Word – Meanings:
Resolution = determination – दृढ़ता;
Larka = kind of small singing bird – भारद्वाज पक्षी;
Spit = to take out liquid from your mouth – थूकना;
Swear = to take oath – शपथ लेना;
Squeeze = to press closely – कसकर दबाना |
C.4. Help the resolution trees given below bear fruit by listing the promises made by the speaker.
|Resolutions to be implemented at home||Resolutions to be implemented outside|
|He will not put frog in his sister’s bed.||He will help the old ladies in crossing the road.|
|He will not tie his brother’s shoelaces together.||He will try to be helpful at school.|
|He will remember his aunt’s birthday.||He will not fight with anybody outside.|
|He will not moan at his mom’s cooking.||He will say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ to everybody.|
C.5. Tick (✓) the appropriate option and complete the statements.
(a) The speaker is ________
(i) a small boy
(ii) an adult
(iii) an old man
(iv) an old woman
(i) a small boy
(b) The speaker has made ______ New Year resolutions in the poem.
(c) The speaker intends to clean his room ______.
(i) once a week
(ii) once a month
(iii) once a day
(iv) once a year
(i) once a week
(d) The speaker has resolved to go to bed ‘______’ .
(i) with the larks
(ii) with the frogs
(iii) with the owls
(iv) with the cats
(iii) with the owls
(e) The speaker has promised to turn over a new leaf. This means that ________
(i) he wants to change his appearance
(ii) he wants to mend his ways
(iii) he wants to plant a new tree
(iv) he wants to remain as naughty as he is
(ii) he wants to mend his ways
C.6. List two pieces of evidence from the poem that suggest that the speaker does not intend to keep his resolutions.
|Evidence – 1||Evidence – 2|
|Shall I start them this year, or next year?||Shall I sometime, or never be able to?|
C.7. Answer the following:
|‘I shall definitely remember her birthday next year! ’Whose birthday will the poet remember?
The Poet will remember his aunt’s birthday.
|‘I will not reply back to my mom.’ Find a phrase in the poem that indicates this.
Nor give her any more of my cheek.
|‘I will use these two words to be polite to people.’ Pick two words from the poem that convey etiquettes.
‘Please’ and ‘thank you’.
|‘Shall I start them this year or next year, shall I sometime, or shall be never able to.
Complete the line.
C.8. Complete the chart given below with words that best sum up the mood of the poem.
C.9. Life Skills
Setting your goals helps you to channelise your efforts properly and live a successful and happy life. Make a list of your short-term and long-term goals.
|SHORT – TERM GOALS||LONG – TERM GOALS|
|(Goals that can be accomplished in the near future.)||(Goals that are more far reaching and take longer to achieve).|
|I will score more than 90% marks in the final exam.||I will qualify IIT.|
|I will join the debate competition and perform excellently.||I will become an Engineer.|
|I will finish this novel within one month.||I will learn French language|
C.10. The following crossword is slightly different. Instead of the clues, the words from the text are filled in the puzzle. Find out the clues by using a dictionary.
2. To press closely
4. Not polite
5. A small bird that makes a pleasant sound
1. Either side of face below the eyes
2. To fall off
3. To make a low sound when in pain
C.11. The New Year eve symbolises the conlIneflCemCT)t of another year. A timeline represents the important dates, events or incidents in a person’s life, distributed over a year or many years.
Given below is the tirnejine of a cricketer’s life. The numbers represent the years. The phrases written above and below the tjmeline tell us about events, people and things that were important to this cricketer at different times of his life.
C.12. Create your own timeline as shown on previous page. Use the following guidelines to help you.
(a) On the right-hand side of the timeline, write the current year.
(b) Go backward in time, filling the years. The year you were born becomes the first from left-hand side of the timeline.
(c) Write phrases above and below the timeline that indicate the important events in your life.
C.13. As an extension activity, use the timeline to create the ‘story of your life’.
The Story of My Life
I was born on 15th February 1998 in Delhi. I am the first child of my parents. When I was taken in baby fashion show I won second prize in the year 1999 that was the beautiful moment for my parents. In the year 2000, my father gifted me my first tricycle. In the year 2001 when I was 3 years old my younger sister Tanya was born. It made me extremely happy. In the play school, I made many friends but Parth became my best friend. My school organised many trips but my parents allowed me only when I was six years old. That Ooty trip was wonderful. I still recall those days.
In the year 2004 when I went with my parents to Singapore. It was my first aeroplane trip. In March 2005, I met with an accident in which I got fractured my right leg. I remained in bed for 20 days in the year 2006, I got first prize in scholarship and in the year 2007 bagged first prize in debate competition. Keeping in mind my overall performance in the year 2008, I was judged the best all rounder in my school and in the year 2009 I got first position in my class. My parents were really proud of me. I was really happy that at least I am able to live up to the expectation of my parents.
Beating The Retreat Summary
‘Beating the Retreat’ is a concluding ceremony of the Republic Day celebration. Republic Day marks the unification of our 26 country and it is celebrated on 26th January. ‘Beating the Retreat’ is held after three days of Republic Day celebrations that is on January 29 at Vijay Chowk. On this day the Rashtrapati Bhawan and the Parliament House are beautifully illuminated.
Here a mind blowing performance is given by more than twenty bands which play martial music. The hymn ‘Abide with me’ marks the end of the ceremony. Since 1950, when India became a Republic this day is continuously being celebrated. In the Indian history, the function for the year 2001 could not be held on account of the devastating earthquake that struck Gujarat on January 26.
‘बीटिंग द रिट्रीट’ ग समारोह होता है । गणतंत्र दिवस हमारे देश की एकता को दर्शाता है तथा यह जनवरी को मनाया जाता है। ‘बीटिंग द रिट्रीट’ गणतंत्र दिवस समारोह के तीन दिन बाद 29 जनवरी को विजय चौक पर आयोजित होता है। इस दिन राष्ट्रपति भवन और संसद भवन को सुंदर रोशनी से प्रकाशित किया जाता है। इसमें 20 से भी अधिक बैंड मार्शल संगीत की धुन बजाते हैं। ‘एवाइड विद मी’ का संगीत इस समारोह का अंतिम गीत होता है। 1950 ई० से, जब भारत में गणतंत्र बना तब से यह समारोह लगातार आयोजित होता आ रहा है। भारतीय इतिहास में 2001 में पहली बार 26 जनवरी को आए गुजरात में पूर्णतया विनाशकारी भूकंप के कारण यह कार्यक्रम आयोजित नहीं हो सका।