The Beating Retreat ceremony took place in Delhi as per the military protocols and decorum amidst Delhi the first rainfall of the winter that has created a chilling spell in the northern belt including Delhi NCR. However, the much hyped biggest drone show had be cancelled due to the inclement weather.
As per protocol, the Breathing Retreat ceremony was graced by President Droupadi Murmu, who is also the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. This was the first Republic Day and Beating Retreat ceremony for the President who had taken over the office a few month back. The occassion was also graced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah alongwith council of ministers and other dignitaries. Also present the three chief of Army, Navy, and Air Force apart from Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). Also present were the enthusiastic public who had gathered to watch the show. People were seen wearing raincoats, windcheater and carried umbrellas.
Tunes based on Indian classical music were the flavour of the Beating Retreat ceremony. For the first time, a 3-D anamorphic projection was planned on the facade of North Block and South Block during the grand event at Vijay Chowk on Sunday, the Defence Ministry said in a statement.
Elaborate traffic arrangements for the Beating Retreat ceremony were made by the Delhi Traffic Police who had also issued advisory asking people to avoid certain roads predominanty, those roads in and around the venue of Beating Retreat ceremony. Traffic restrictions were imposed in place from 2 pm to 9.30 pm Sunday. Earlier in the day, a full dress rehearsal for the ceremony was also held at Vijay Chowk.