Beating the Retreat Ceremony at Attari-Wagah Border on India’s 77th Independence Day

On the 77th Independence Day, the Beating the Retreat ceremony took place at the Attari-Wagah border in Punjab's Amritsar district.

Punjab: On the occasion of India’s 77th Independence Day, a significant event called the Beating the Retreat ceremony took place at the Attari-Wagah border in Punjab’s Amritsar district. Many people gathered at the border to witness this event, which was filled with patriotic spirit and enthusiasm.

This ceremony, which is full of energy and love for the country, happens every day at the India-Pakistan border. It involves soldiers from both India’s Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan’s Rangers. The well-rehearsed performance on both sides begins with high kicks and marching, showcasing the skill and dedication of the soldiers.

The ceremony reaches its climax with a coordinated lowering of the flags of both countries as a symbol of unity. The atmosphere is charged with loud music and cheers from the crowd, especially for the Indian BSF soldiers. The Indian armed forces’ band played patriotic songs, adding to the patriotic fervour of the occasion.

Remarkably, even the women soldiers of the BSF took part in the ceremony, showcasing their strength and contribution.


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Attari-Wagah is an important joint check post on the India-Pakistan border, and this event adds a unique touch to the historical connection between the two nations.

History tells us that after the partition, there was no clear border between India and Pakistan on the road connecting Lahore and Amritsar for two months. In a directive issued by Brigadier Mohinder Singh Chopra on October 11, 1947, he emphasized the urgent need for peace in the Amritsar district.

“Be an enthusiast, and go forward with the task of restoring peace and tranquilly and foster brotherly relations, remember the only way to ensure safe evacuation of your kith and kin is to allow Muslim convoys to go untouched…,” Brigadier Chopra wrote in the order, according to a report by

A plaque at the bottom of the flagstaff on the Attari-Wagah joint check post can still be seen which bears the words: “Foundation stone of this flag staff was laid by Brig Mohinder Singh Chopra on 11th Oct 1947.” 

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