The Festival of Beating the Retreat Ceremony in Delhi is observed keeping in mind the age old tradition, according to which, soldiers called a close down to the war at sunset. This call was the sound of the bugles vibrated across the battlefield calling a halt to the fighting.
The Beating the Retreat Ceremony in Delhi officially marks the finale of the Republic day celebrations. The ceremony starts with definite units of the armed forces performing lively executions. During the Delhi Beating the Retreat Ceremony, after the live performances, a hymn is played by the bands collectively called ‘Abide with me’. On the day of the Beating the Retreat Ceremony in Delhi, at 6 o’clock in the evening the bugles call the retreat sound and the National flag is lowered and the National anthem is sung in musical harmony. The silhouetted riders move away from the background which sets the conclusion of the Republic Day celebrations.