Shimla: The 69th Republic Day was celebrated across Himachal Pradesh on Friday with gaiety despite a sunny but freezing morning in the state.
Governor Acharya Devvrat unfurled the national flag at the main function at the historic Ridge here.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, his Ministers and other dignitaries were present.
The Governor took the salute at an impressive parade by contingents of police, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, home guards, the army, the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and ex-servicemen.
Acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol hoisted the national flag at a function held in the complex of the Himachal Pradesh High Court here.
In snow-bound Keylong, headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti, area legislator and Agriculture Minister Ram Lal Markanda presided over the official function.
Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Rajiv Saizal presided over the district-level function at Rekong Peo in snow-bound Kinnaur district.
The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), headquartered in Dharamsala town, also organised a brief ceremony at the Kashag (Tibetan cabinet) secretariat.
As CTA President Lobsang Sangay was on an official visit to Europe, officiating President Karma Gelek Yuthok hoisted the Indian national flag.
"I would like to congratulate and convey the greetings of the Central Tibetan Administration and the Tibetan people to India on this auspicious occasion," he said in a message.