Happy Gandhi Jayanti – 2 October
2 October is Gandhi Jayanti. It marks the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. This day is one of the three official national holidays in India.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi) was born on 2 October 1869, in Porbandar, Gujarat. This year marks Gandhi’s 152nd birth anniversary.
Mahatma Gandhi was one of the most important leaders that India and the world have ever seen. Using the idea of non-violence, he led the successful campaign for India’s independence from British rule. This, in turn, also inspired other movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.
His great work resulted in the use of the honorific (honourable name) “Mahātmā” to be applied to him. In the Sanskrit language, it means “great-souled”. They first used the honorific for him in 1914 in South Africa and we now use it throughout the world.
Celebrating the day
So, on Gandhi Jayanti, we celebrate his life by offering prayers and wishes in his honour. Moreover, the President and Prime Minister of India also pay respect at Raj Ghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi.
The United Nations also celebrates this day as the International Day of Non-Violence. This is in honour of Mahatma Gandhi’s life and achievements.
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