Traveling back in time to revive my old days has become my recent favorite pastime !
Today I am remembering the Indian republic day celebration as a kid.
Republic day then for me was a holiday from school in the middle of the week and leisurely munching on the yummy breakfast made by mom (giggles)
Seriously speaking, the highlight was the most fascinating Republic day parade along the Rajpath, past the India Gate.
The republic day parade would start after the Indian Prime minister paying homage to the martyred soldiers who sacrificed themselves for the freedom of the country and other subsequent wars to keep us safe.
A truly patriotic moment!
Thanks to them and all the other Indian freedom luminaries , I hold my head up high and say, yes I am an ‘Indian’!
One of the challenge of bringing up my son in a foreign land is, making him understand the significance of India and the pride of being an Indian.
So taking one step at a time, why not introduce the Indian Tricolor flag, the Tiraṅgā to him on this republic day ?
No one could have explained the significance of the Tiraṅgā more beautifully than ,India’s first Vice President also second President and a great philosopher, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan:
Bhagwa ( saffron color) denotes renunciation or disinterestedness. Our leaders must be indifferent to material gains and dedicate themselves to their work.
Shweta (white color) in the center is light, the path of truth to guide our conduct.
Hara ( green color) shows our relation to the soil, our relation to the plant life here, on which all other life depends.
The Ashoka Chakra (24-spoke wheel) in the center of the white is the wheel of the law of dharma. Satya(truth) and dharma ( virtue) ought to be the controlling principle, of those who work under this flag.
Again, the wheel denotes motion. There is death in stagnation. There is life in movement. India should no more resist change, it must move and go forward.The wheel represents the dynamism of a peaceful change.
So here’s my interpretation of the Tiraṅgā in the form of abstract yet creative sugar cookies, as shooting stars in the color of the Indian flag and the 24 spoke Ashoka Chakra.
I have used the shooting star cookie cutter and round cookie cutter from the wilton 101 cookie cutter set (I totally love it!)
I have used orange, light orange, green, light green, blue, white and gray colored fondant here to cover the cookies. I cut the fondant using the same cutters I used for the cookies.
Wishing you a Happy Republic day!