Gandhi Jayanti was celebrated on 2nd October every year. It is celebrated across India to mark the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. Gandhi Jayanti is one of the three officially declared national holidays of India and it is observed in all states and territories.
Gandhiji full name is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, and he was born on 2 October in the year 1869 to a Hindu family in Porbandar, Gujarat. He was a major political and spiritual leader in India. He was one of the freedom fighters of India to bring independence to the country and brought whole nation free from British rule.
Gandhiji was best known for Satyagraha movement which was started from Satyagraha Ashram in Ahmedabad. He was a preacher of Satyagraha (truth) and Ahimsa (Non-Violence). On October 2nd the whole nation stands and salutes the priceless efforts of Gandhiji had given to the people of India.
Even though it is a auspicious day for Nation some people may hate this day because it is a Dry day, which means a day without alcohol. According to the Alcohol law of India, Alcohol sales are legally prohibited on Gandhiji Birthday.
On this day, all schools, offices, and other organisations across the country remain closed. On this auspicious occasion, President, Prime Minister and other political dignitaries pay homage to Gandhiji at Raj Ghat where he was cremated. The unknown facts about Gandhiji are listed below.
- In Gandhiji autobiography, he mentioned that he was not a courageous or outspoken person. In fact, he was very shy even didn’t talk with anyone in the school and often ran away.
- Once he was boarding a train, one of his shoes was fallen on the railway track. He threw another shoe near to the first one just to help the person who would find the pair.
- The prestigious US publication, Time Magazine named the Mahatma Gandhi as the Man of the year in 1930.
- Gandhiji was regularly corresponding with the Russian Novelist Leo Tolstoy.
- Mahatma Gandhi spoke English with an Irish accent because one of his teachers was an Irishman.
- Gandhiji hated taking photographs, but the fact is that he was the only person who was highly photographed at that time.
- He never travelled on the plane. Although he is famous person, but he lived very simply. Throughout his life, he followed simplicity.
- He was worried about two things; one is his handwriting, and other was massaging. He liked massaging his body by others.
- Gandhiji was born on Friday. India got Independence on Friday, and he was assassinated on Friday.
- The US government declared 2nd October as the International Day of Non-Violence (Ahimsa).