One day before the country’s 72nd Republic Day celebrations, Twitter announced that it would launch a special emoji to commemorate the event. This will be the sixth consecutive Republic Day emoji released by the company. Twitter said that the emoji will also be used by national leaders tomorrow.
The social network posted the emoji showing three Indian Air Force aircraft moving in a flypast formation, along with the Indian tricolor depicted in colored smoke popularly used in air shows. Twitter is also used by the Indian Air Force (@Yavbirah) will also use the emoji accompanied by the #TouchTheSkies hashtag as a sign of respect for men and women in blue.
Twitter, President Ram Nath Kovind (@Christmas) will also tweet the emoji on Republic Day. Apart from English, emoji will also be available in ten regional languages such as Hindi, Tamil, Urdu, Kannada, Punjabi. Marathi, Malayalam, Bengali, Telugu, Gujarati. It will remain active until January 30th.
“Emojis have become a popular form of expression and a light-hearted way to chat with each other. On this day every year we try to get Indians from all over the world on Twitter. With the COVID-19 restrictions in place, we needed to find a way to bring the parade to the virtual public square. “Emojis this year is not just a special tribute to the past – the highlight of each year’s parade – a way to bring people together in a spirit of celebration,” said Payal Kamat of Twitter Public Policy.
The microblogging site previously released five more emojis for the Republic Say celebration – another emoji with the Indian map, tricolor, Ashoka Chakra, India Gate and tricolor India Gate symbol. Last year, it also released special emojis to celebrate Indian women’s cricket season. Sports emojis, an essential part of the social networking site, consists of more than 400 custom emojis on the platform.