Gandhi Jayanti 2017: Few people who have walked this planet have made an impact as huge as Mahatma Gandhi. The bald, lanky, shirtless, bespectacled man from India, Father of the Nation, Gandhi was the pivot behind India’s struggle for freedom against British rule. Today the entire nation is paying tribute to Bapu on his birth anniversary. While the first revolt against the British rule was in 1857, it was nothing as massive as that led by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. He led an army of millions all bound by two principles – truth and non-violence. Gandhi started a number of relentless movements to reach the final goal that was freedom and the same was achieved for India on August 15, 1947. It was only fitting that the title of ‘Mahatma’ was conferred upon this great Indian leader.
Born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, Gujarat, the nation is all geared up to celebrate Gandhi’s 148th birthday on Monday. The day is to commemorate his birth as well as celebrate his life that serves as a guiding path for several people in India as well as across the world. October 2 is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti and as the International Day of non-violence worldwide, as per India.com report. Gandhi Jayanti is a national holiday in India. It is one of the three national holidays of India, others being Republic Day on January 26 and Independence Day on August 15. Many people celebrate Gandhi’s birthday by offering prayers and participating in services in his memory.
Several places hold commemorative activities and cultural events while several colleges and government offices organize special prayer sessions and get-togethers. Activities in schools include art and craft competitions, elocution and debates on topics of national and political significance. A number of housing societies play patriotic songs on loudspeakers on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, as per India.com report.
Gandhi’s favourite bhajan ‘Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram’ is often sung and played frequently on this day. Movie channels in India play movies related to Mahatma Gandhi, Lage Raho Munnabhai being a top favourite. Several people visit prominent places associated with Mahatma Gandhi on this day. Raj Ghat in Delhi, Mani Bhavan in Mumbai and Sevagram Ashram in Wardha are popular in particular, as per India.com report.