Birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti on October 2 every year. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi or Mahatma Gandhi is paid prayers and tributes all over the nation. Gandhiji taught teachings of non-violence. He was at the forefront of the freedom struggle of India against British colonial rule.
Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti – Date, History, Importance & Celebration
He was born in a Hindu family in Coastal Gujarat’s Porbandar. It is interesting to know that he was popularly known as Bapu Because people considered him as their Godfather. He worked very hard against the British colonialism for India’s independence. It was in 2007 June 15th that the UN General Assembly took a decision to adopt a resolution for celebrating 2nd October as International Day of non-violence As it was the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Different people celebrate Gandhi Jayanti in different ways. Some people organize prayer meetings, functions and ceremonies in schools and colleges, and ceremonies in government and socio-political institutions.
Gandhiji is considered as one of the most prominent leaders of the Indian independence struggle. We celebrate Gandhi Jayanti on the 2nd of October to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. He was popular for his non-violent movement, he’s considered to be one of the most iconic leaders. Gandhiji considered non-violence as a philosophy, principle and experience. He believed that nonviolence builds a better society. Gandhiji started many movements like the Satyagraha movement, Dandi March, Non-Corporation movement, and many more.
Irrespective of the caste, religion, color, race, people celebrate Gandhi Jayanti with huge enthusiasm. Schools and colleges organize events and functions or some may even pay a visit to the Sabarmati Ashram which is considered to be the place where Gandhiji spent A considerable amount of time in his life. Gandhi Jayanti is a day of spreading the teachings and remembering him.
Gandhi Jayanti Date – October 2
To remember his teachings, people pay speeches, prayers, and organize cultural programs for him. Schools and colleges organize essay competition and poster making competitions to encourage the creativity and non-violent way of living life to embrace Gandhiji’s effort in the Indian Independence movement.
People visit Rajghat to pay respect to Gandhiji’s statue. Rajghat is a place in New Delhi where Gandhiji took samadhi. On Gandhi Jayanti, prayers are held in the presence of the President and Prime Minister at his Samadhi.
People chant Gandhiji’s favorite bhajan i.e. Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram on this day in his memory. Gandhiji taught us many teachings that we share and value until today after so many years. There are many famous quotes by him, however one of them is, “ An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind” which still marks it as very important teaching of life.
The current Modi-government has launched many programs to make this day more special and one of the most important steps is Swachh Bharat Mission in 2014 because Gandhiji believed in the cleanliness of oneself and its surroundings.