July 20, 2024


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Every year, we celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary on October 2 to send across the message of peace and non-violence. His father, Karamchand Uttamchand Gandhi (1822–1885), served as the dewan (chief minister) of Porbandar state. Putlibai gave birth to her last child, Mohandas, in a dark, windowless ground-floor room of the Gandhi family residence.

Why is Gandhi Jayanti celebrated?

To mark the birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who was famously known as Mahatma Gandhi, this is celebrated. Father of the Nation, as he was called, led India’s freedom movement along with many other national leaders against the British rule in India.

Mahatma Gandhi

The day is observed as a public and bank holiday across the nation.

2nd October

On this day, people celebrate with prayer services, commemorative ceremonies, and cultural events. These are held in colleges, local government institutions, and socio-political institutions. The statues are decorated with garlands and flowers.

The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane.

What is the importance of 2 October?

We celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary to send across the message of peace and non-violence.

The United Nations also observe Gandhi Jayanti as ‘International Day of Non-Violence’ every year. His method of non-violence inspired many civil rights movements in the world. He also fought to bring significant changes to society.

About Gandhi

Born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar in Gujarat, Mahatma Gandhi was born. He went to South Africa to study law. He led nationwide campaigns for farmers and laborers. Also, fought against caste discrimination. He was vocal about expanding women’s rights also.

mahatma Gandhi

To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. If by strength is meant moral power, then the woman is immeasurably man’s superior.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who shares his birthday with another legendary personality. The former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri (born 1904). Gnadhi was born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar.

Works of Mahatma Gandhi

He led the Dandi Salt March in 1930. It was a movement that was joined by many Indians to break the salt law.

He was also at the forefront of the Quit India Movement in 1942, which compelled the Britishers to move out of India. Gandhi was a great supporter of truth and non-violence. He left behind his valuable teachings that are still remembered and valued by people of all age groups.

My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realizing Him

Why do People celebrate this day?

People celebrate his teachings through various initiatives that can lead to the betterment of our surroundings. Also, the city, and eventually the country.

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.

His path-breaking principles of ahimsa and swaraj are observed across all the institutions in India.

A lawyer whose life changed through his experiences in South Africa, Gandhi played the most significant role in India’s independence movement. He did it by holding demonstrations through non-violent means.

Dandi March

Mahatma Gandhi opposed the salt law introduced by British rule by conducting the Dandi March.
Under this salt law, Britishers made restrictions for Indians from producing or selling salt. British not only exercised monopoly over the manufacture of salt but also imposed a heavy salt tax.

On March 12, 1930, Mahatma Gandhi embarked a historic Salt March. It was from Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad to the village of Dandi. It was in the state’s coastal area to protest against the steep tax the British levied on salt.

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever

Mahatma Gandhi

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