Beating Retreat Ceremony at wagah border become special when a Sikh Pakistan Ranger joined the ceremony. Yesterday when he came for the ceremony everybody on both sides clapped and welcomed him. The Sikh youth named Amarjeet Singh is in Pakistan Ranger since 2009.
Wagah Border is the only open crossing border of India and Pakistan
The Beating Retreat ceremony is a daily military practice that the security forces of India (Border Security Force) and Pakistan (Pakistan Rangers) have jointly followed since 1959.
The ceremony starts with a blustering parade by the soldiers from both the sides, and ends up in the perfectly coordinated lowering of the two nations’ flags.
It is called the beating retreat border ceremony on the international level. One Jawan (infantryman) stands at attention on each side of the gate. As the sun sets, the iron gates at the border are opened and the two flags are lowered simultaneously.
The flags are folded and the ceremony ends with a retreat that involves a brusque handshake between soldiers from either side, followed by the closing of the gates again. The spectacle of the ceremony attracts many visitors from both sides of the border, as well as international tourists.