Gandhi Jayanti


Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated on October 2 to mark the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation. It is celebrated annually on 2 October; it is one of the most important national holidays of India and is observed in all states and territories. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar. He was trained in law at the famous Inner Temple in London. He practiced in South Africa for 21 years and moved back to India in 1915. In India, Gandhi led freedom movement along with other national leaders against the British rule. His unique method of non-violence and Satyagraha inspired many civil rights movements in India and many other countries across the world. October 2 is celebrated every year to commemorate his selfless contribution to the nation and to the world. He was rightly referred as ‘Mahatma’ Gandhi meaning “great-souled" or "venerable".

Gandhi Jayanti 2023

Mon , 2nd Oct 2023

The UN General Assembly also announced Gandhi Jayanthi- October 2 as the International Day of Non-Violence on 15 June 2007 to honor Gandhiji’s nonviolence resolutions. UN General Assembly passed a resolution asking all members of the UN system to choose Gandhian way to commemorate 2 October in "an appropriate manner and disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness".

In India, Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated by holding prayer services and tributes at Gandhi's memorial, Raj Ghat in New Delhi and other important places like educational institutions, Governmental organizations. Popular activities include prayer meetings, commemorative ceremonies and competitions in schools, colleges, government institutions and socio-political organizations.

Competitions like Painting, oration, art and essay competitions are conducted in the communities to encourage nonviolent way of life and to celebrate Gandhi's selfless efforts in the Indian independence fight.

Gandhi's favorite Bhajan devotional song, ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram’, is usually sung in his memory in every event held on this day especially at Sabarmathi Ashram and Raj Ghat. 

Statues of Mahatma Gandhi all over the country are decorated with flowers, garlands, and charity drives are organised. Various art exhibitions on important moments in Gandhi’s life are conducted. Indian Government also release new post stamps or currency/coins commemorating Gandhi’s life.

Gandhi Jayanthi is a dry day in India, people refrain from consuming drinking alcohol or having meat on the day in honor of Gandhi’s principles of vegetarianism and nonviolence.

Gandhi Jayanthi is a public holiday and places like public offices, public spaces like parks, zoos, banks and post offices remain closed.

Gandhi Jayanti festival dates between 2019 & 2029

Year

Date

2019

Wednesday, 2nd of October

2020

Friday, 2nd of October 

2021

Saturday, 2nd of October

2022

Sunday, 2nd of October

2023

Monday, 2nd of October

2024

Wednesday, 2nd of October

2025

Thursday, 2nd of October

2026

Friday, 2nd of October

2027

Saturday, 2nd of October

2028

Monday, 2nd of October

2029

Tuesday, 2nd of October

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