Oct 02, 2017: Today is 2nd October, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. We celebrate this day with great enthusiasm every year to pay tribute to the Father of the Nation as well as remember his courageous deeds on the way of independence struggle for the country from British rule. We celebrate Gandhi Jayanti as one of the great national holidays all over the India.
2nd of October is also celebrated internationally as the International Day of Non-Violence because of being a preacher of non-violence throughout his life. 2nd of October was declared as International Day of Non-Violence by the United Nations General Assembly on 15th of June in 2007. We will always remember Bapu as a symbol of peace and truth. He was born on 2nd of October in 1869 in a small town (Porbunder, Gujarat) however performed great deeds all through his life. He was a lawyer and he took his law degree from U.K and practiced in South Africa. He had described his life history full of struggle in his autobiography named “My experiments with Truth”. He fought continuously with lots of patience and dare against British rule for the independence of India all through his life untill the independence came on the way.
Gandhiji was the man of simple living and high thinking which has been set as an example to us. He was very against to the smoking, drinking, untouchability, and non-vegetarianism. At this day the selling of alcohol has been completely banned for whole day by the government of India. He was the pioneer of truth and non-violence who started the Satyagraha movement for India’s freedom. It is celebrated with lots of preparations at the Raj Ghat, New Delhi (the cremation place of him) such as prayers, offerings of flower, playing his favorite song “Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram, Patit Pavan Sita Ram…”, etc in order to pay homage to the Gandhiji. One of his great sayings such as: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Gandhi Jayanti is not celebrated only in our country however it is celebrated as an event all over the world. 2nd of October is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti in India however as International Day of Non-Violence all across the world as he was a preacher of non-violence throughout his life.
His full name is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi however popularly known as Bapu, Mahatma Gandhi or Father of the nation. He was born on 2nd October in 1869 at Porbunder, Gujrat. At this day, the President and Prime Minister of India pay homage to the Mahatma Gandhi’s statue at his samadhi by offering prayer, flowers, bhajans, devotional songs, etc at the Raj Ghat, New Delhi. Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated in almost all the states and territories of India in order to commemorate the person who always respected the people of all the religions and communities in same manner. At this day, verses and prayers from religious holy books are read out especially his favorite ones like “Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram”. Prayer meetings are also held in various state capitals in the country. As this day has been declared as the national holiday by the government of India, all the schools, colleges, offices, etc remain closed throughout the country.
Mahatma Gandhi was a great person who struggled a lot and played a significant role in the achievement of freedom for India from British rule. He not only pioneered the unique method of non-violence to get freedom for India against British rule but also proved the world that freedom can be achieved peacefully through the path of non-violence. He is still remembered among us as the symbol of peace and truth. We need to do better to remember and enhance his legacy in our nation India of which call Bapuji as ’Father of the Nation’. Jai Hind.