Gandhi Jayanti is a national festival od India, celebrated with great enthusiasm and patriotism. It's observed on the birth anniversary of 'Father of the Nation' - Mahatma Gandhi. Popularly known by the name of 'Bapu', or Gandhiji, this national hero was born on October 2nd 1869, in Porbander, Gujarat. He played a vital role in achieving independence for India from the British Empire, with his simplicity and strong willpower. He proved to the world that freedom can be achieved through the path of non-violence - a true symbol of peace and truth. Since independence in 1947, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi is celebrated as a national festival in India.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, was a preacher of truth (Satyagraha) and 'ahimsa' (non-violence). He started the 'Satyagraha' movement for the Indian freedom struggle. He believed in living a simple life and in 'Swadeshi'. He proved to the world that freedom can be achieved through the path of non-violence - a true symbol of peace and truth. With his ideals of ahimsa, non-cooperation and satyagraha, he established himself as the frontrunner in the struggle for freedom. From then onwards, till India gained independence, Gandhi gathered an entire nation behind him in his relentless quest. Five months after independence, Gandhiji was assassinated by Nathuram Godse while on his way to his daily prayer meeting.
Gandhi Jayanti Celebrations
The festival of Gandhi Jayanti invlove a nation wide celebrations memorizing the principles of 'Bapu' (Mahatma Gandhi). On this day, the President and Prime Minister, along with other eminent political leaders, pay homage at Raj Ghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi where he was cremated. Being a national holiday all offices and schools, throughout the country, remain close on Gandhi Jayanti. Verses and prayers are read out from the holy books of all the religions. Gandhi's favorite song, 'Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram', is invariably sung at all the meetings associated with him. Prayer meetings are held in various state capitals as well. Gandhi Jayanti is observed all over the country, both in government and non-government forums.