Wagah Border Ceremony

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Wagah Border Ceremony

Wagah Border is nothing but the Radcliffe line which divides the village of Wagah separating India and Pakistan. A flag retreat ceremony takes place every evening during sunset at Wagah Border. Image Source: www.go2holiday.com

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Wagah Border Ceremony
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Retreat Ceremony

The ceremony starts with clinical military precision which lasts for 45 minutes. It is conducted by Indian ‘Border Security Force’ soldiers dressed in khaki and Pakistani ‘Sutlej Rangers’ soldiers dressed in black. Image Source: www.vodkatrain.com

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Retreat Ceremony
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Flag Retreat

The soldiers of both countries take permission from their respective commanders and march towards the gate at the border. Their march is extremely passionate and energetic with their marching feet rising almost to their forehead. Image Source: www.bbc.com

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Flag Retreat
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Flag Retreat

The iron gates of the border are opened and the two flags are lowered simultaneously by their respective soldiers making a symmetrical ‘X’ at the point of crossing. Image Source:www.holidayiq.com

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Flag Retreat
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The End

The flags are then carefully folded and a loud sound of a trumpet announces the end of the ceremony with handshakes between soldiers from either side followed by the closing of the gate. Image Source: www.npr.org

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