Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti celebrates the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2nd, 1869. Gandhi is known as a spiritual and political figure. He is celebrated for freeing India, as well as preaching about non-violence.
Upcoming Dates For Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti
Mahatma Gandhi was born on October 2nd, so the holiday lands on the same day each year. Here is a list of the upcoming celebrations:
- Monday, October 2, 2017
- Tuesday, October 2, 2018
- Wednesday, October 2, 2019
- Friday, October 2, 2020
- Saturday, October 2, 2021
- Sunday, October 2, 2022
- Monday, October 2, 2023
- Wednesday, October 2, 2024
- Thursday, October 2, 2025
Where Is Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti Considered a Holiday?
This is a holiday everywhere in India. There will be no government offices open. There will be no post office services or bank services. Most stores will be closed, to observe the holiday and commemorate such a brave leader. However, some shops may choose to open. These shops will likely offer limited services or hours. Public transportation is unavailable in some areas, so be sure to check with the local arrangements in your area.
Festivities & Events During Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti
Traditionally, Mahatma Gandhi's birthday is celebrated through ceremonies and prayers. There are often tributes made towards the noble man. It's common to see films that were made about the achievements of Gandhi. It's also common to hear readings of books that detail similar tributes. There are essay competitions held in his honor, as well as art exhibitions. There is also an award ceremony that celebrates non-violent projects. People take this day as an opportunity to express gratitude and appreciation. Many do so by leaving flower garlands and bouquets around statues of Gandhi. Others sing his favorite devotional song, Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram. Many will also choose to avoid eating meat or drinking any alcohol on this date.
A Brief History About Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti
Mahatma Gandhi was a political leader, playing a key role in the independence movement. He was also considered a spiritual leader for his preaching against violence. He developed a non-violent agitation he called Satyagraha, which translates to moral domination. Through his persistence and non-violent techniques, India gained it's freedom on August 15, 1947. He was assassinated on January 30 the following year. The nation mourned. In honor of his birthday, the United Nations also celebrates International Day of Non-Violence on October 2.