Gandhi Jayanti – October 2
Gandhi Jayanti is a national holiday celebrated in India to mark the occasion of the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the “Father of the Nation“. It is celebrated on October 2, every year. Gandhi Jayanti is observed as a national holiday in India.
He is an Indian idol and he shared love and care for the people. He wants all to follow ahimsa and give up non-violence. Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday is celebrated across India.
A solemn celebration marking the birth date of Gandhiji, the father of the nation. On this day, the President and Prime Minister, along with other eminent political leaders, pay homage at Raj Ghat – the samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi. All the offices and schools, throughout the country, remain closed on this day.
The popular celebration includes prayer meetings, commemorative ceremonies in different cities by colleges, local government institutions, and socio-political institutions. Themes are generally of glorifying peace, non-violence, and Gandhi’s effort in the Indian freedom struggle.
There are many exhibitions and competitions held for students. Flowers and flower garlands are offered to Mahatma Gandhi’s statues. some people avoid drinking alcohol or eating meat on the day.
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He was fondly called as Bapu, “Mahatma” or Great Soul. Gandhiji’s favorite bhajan (Hindu devotional song) named Raghupathi Raghava Rajaram is sung in memory of his on this day.
Raghupati Raghav Rajaram
Patit Paavan Sitaram Sitaram Jai Sitaram
Bhaj pyare tu Sitaram
Ishwar Allah Tere Naam
Sabko sanmati de Bhagwan
Raat ko Nindiya Din ko Kaam
Kabhi Bhajoge Prabhu Ka Naam
Karte rahiye aapne Kaam
Lete Rahiye Prabhu Ka Naam
Raghupati Raghav Rajaram Patit Paavan Sitaram.