Gandhi Jayanti: Why is Gandhi Jayanti celebrated?

Gandhi Jayanti is a national holiday in India commemorating Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace. This is one of 3 India’s major holidays, and so we celebrate it every year on 2nd Oct. On June 15, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution. It designates October 2 as the Global Day of Non-Violence. We also call him the “Father of the Nation,” a title bestowed upon him by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in recognition of his unwavering fight for freedom. So let’s read more about Gandhi Jayanti.


Gandhi Jayanti

Each year on October 2nd, Gandhi Jayanti is commemorated.

It is a major holiday that we recognize throughout the country’s states and territories.

Gandhi Jayanti is commemorated with prayer sessions and memorials around India, especially at Gandhi’s cremation site, Raj Ghat in New Delhi.

Prayer gatherings and memorial events held by colleges, local government institutions, and socio-political organizations in various cities are important attractions. 

There are several Artwork and writing tournaments that we play with the best honors going to projects in communities and schools. It promotes a nonviolent lifestyle while also honoring Gandhi’s contribution to the Indian freedom movement. 

The government, banks, and post offices are all shuttered. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Mission on Gandhi Jayanti in 2014. On Gandhi Jayanti 2021, the second stage of the project began.

Why do we celebrate Gandhi Jayanti?

Whenever Mahatma Gandhi traveled to South Africa for a university education, he witnessed colonial authorities discriminating between Indians and natives. He chose nonviolence as a means of combating prejudice. People all around the country responded positively to his strategy, and they quickly joined his nonviolent disobedience campaign. His nonviolent campaign was essential in India’s independence in 1947.

Satya, ahimsa, and swaraj have become the cornerstones of various civil liberties campaigns around the world. Martin Luther King Jr., an American civil rights fighter, supported Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas. In several of his speeches, King referred to Mahatma Gandhi and his Satyagraha.

What makes October 2nd so special?

The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on October 2nd, the birthdate of Mahatma Gandhi.

Also the Indian freedom protest’s founder and a forerunner of nonviolent ideology and tactics.

International Day is an opportunity to “distribute the concept of nonviolent, especially via schools and community understanding,” according to General Assembly resolution A/RES/61/271 of 15 June 2007, which created the event. The statement recognizes “the worldwide importance of the concept of nonviolent” as well as the intention to “establish a peaceful coexistence, compassion, communication, and non-violence.”

Mahatma Gandhi’s career and activism, which helped propel India to independence, have inspired peaceful civil issues and equal change organizations around the world. Even when under appalling conditions and in the face of nearly impossible hurdles, Gandhi stayed devoted to his faith in nonviolent during his lifetime. All his life Gandhi Ji tried to solve the common man’s issues, which helped everyone in the day-to-day struggle to try hard work. It was his struggle that led the Non Violence moment to grow and slowly British left India.

The rationale underpinning his acts, which also included promoting widespread disobedience to British law, such as the historic Salt March of 1930, was that “just means lead to just ends,” implying that using violence to create a comfortable community is irrational. He thought that in their quest for independence from colonialism, Indians should not turn to violence or hostility.

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