Gandhi Jayanti is a national holiday celebrated on October 2nd in India. This day is celebrated in honor of the birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the nation’s founder, popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi or Bapuji. This day is observed worldwide as the World Day of Non-Violence, as Gandhiji was a preacher of non-violence. He is a sign of honesty and harmony.
He was born in Porbandar, Gujarat, on Oct. 2nd, 1869. His father’s name was Karamchand Gandhi and his mother’s name was Putlibai. Mahatma Gandhi was married to Kasturba, which is an arranged marriage, at the age of 13. They had four sons, Harilal, Manilal, Ramdas, and Devdas, respectively. Kasturba sponsored all her husband’s projects until her death in 1944.
He has set an illustration of positive thought and plain living. He was against smoking, alcohol, and non-vegetarian addictions.
October 2 is celebrated around the world as Gandhi Jayanti and as the International Day of Non-violence worldwide.
In the true sense, Gandhi may not have been a martyr, but he devoted his entire life to gaining freedom by resisting violence.
In India, Gandhi Jayanti is a national holiday. It is one of India’s three national holidays, with Republic Day on January 26 and Independence Day on August 15 being the others. Many people commemorate the birthday of Gandhi by offering prayers and engaging in his remembrance services.
Why do we celebrate Gandhi Jayanti?
Mahatma Gandhi is regarded as one of the most influential figures of the fight for Indian Independence. People celebrate Gandhi’s birth, regardless of their faith and caste, by holding inclusive activities in schools and colleges. Some also pay a visit to the Sabarmati Ashram, where a significant amount of time has been spent.
We vow to follow his way of life and the values of humanity, modesty, integrity, and authenticity by honoring the grandeur of the Mahatma.
Gandhi Jayanti Celebrations
Gandhi Jayanti is joyously celebrated by the entire nation of India. It has been declared a gazette holiday by the government and all schools, colleges, offices, banks, etc. remain closed. Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation spot, Raj Ghat, is adorned on this day with garlands and flowers. People from around the world pay tribute to this great leader on Gandhi Jayanti.
Mahatma Gandhi was a man of basic tastes and beliefs. On this day, it is no less important to bear that in mind and give him complete honor and respect.
The President and the Prime Minister, along with other political figures, pays tribute to Raj Ghat, the Mahatma Gandhi Samadhi of New Delhi. Representatives from various faiths take part in the prayer meeting held at Raj Ghat in honor of Gandhi’s love for all religions and cultures. From the Sacred Books of all faiths, prayers and scriptures are read. The favorite song of Mahatma Gandhi, ‘Raghupati Raghava,’ is usually sung at all meetings connected with him.
Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated throughout the world as well as in organizations of government and non-government. Schools, universities, and workplaces throughout the country close because it is a national holiday.
What do People do?
Many people around India celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. Events involve:
- Art exhibits and contests with essays.
- Awards for projects stimulating a non-violent way of life are provided.
- At many places all over India, people give prayers, commemorative rituals, and tributes.
- Aside from this, on this day, some people stop consuming meat or drinking alcohol.
- People present documentaries and book readings on the life and contributions of Mahatma Gandhi.
- Flowers and flower garlands are arranged all over India on several statues of Mahatma Gandhi.
Many people sing Gandhi’s favorite devotional poem, Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram. On several statues of Mahatma Gandhi in India, bunches of flowers or flower garlands are mounted. On October 2, some people still stop consuming meat or drinking alcohol.