Gandhi Jayanti 2021: Know the importance of this day to celebrate his birthday

Every year, Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated on October 2 to mark the birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi.

Mahatma Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, Gujarat, and this year marks his 152nd birth anniversary. He was known as “Father of the Nation.” However, the leader is also commonly referred to as “Bapu” (father).

As a mark of respect to the leader, the day is celebrated with prayer services and cultural events in schools, colleges, and even government institutions. The leaders of the nation usually pay homage to Raj Ghat, the samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi. His favorite song, Raghupati Raghava, is also sung on the occasion.

A freedom fighter who tread the path of non-violence, Gandhi’s words and actions won over the masses and several people joined him as he led the Dandi Salt March in 1930. In 1942, he launched the Quit India Movement.

On June 15, 2007, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution that declared October 2 as International Day of Non-Violence.

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