Have you ever watched the Flag Retreat ceremony, or as it is popularly known, the Beating Retreat ceremony, on your TV and found yourself at the end of your wits wondering what it all is about?
Well, we’re here to tell you more about it:
1. This ceremony takes place every evening before sunset at the Wagah border, which as part of the Grand Trunk Road was the only road link between these two countries before the opening of the Aman Setu in Kashmir in 1999.
2. The ceremony starts with a blustering parade by the soldiers from both the sides, and ends up in the perfectly coordinated lowering of the two nations' flags.
3. The flags are folded and the ceremony ends with a retreat that involves a brusque handshake between soldiers from either side, followed by the closing of the gates again.
4. Originally it was known as watch setting and was initiated at sunset by the firing of a single round from the evening gun.
5. Sweets are exchanged at the border by security forces on the occasion of Independence Days for each nation.
6. Here’s a video of the ceremony from the Indian side:
7. And here’s one from the side of Pakistan:
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