Gandhi Jayanti

Gandhi Jayanti

When is Gandhi Jayanti 2023?

Prayer Meeting at Raj Ghat

There are very few leaders in the world who have led their nations in the right paths such that even after their demise, people still follow their traits and pay tribute to them. One such man is Mahatma Gandhi. He was a political and spiritual leader who played a significant role in India, gaining independence from the British. Today, the Indian 'Father of the Nation' is celebrated in all the Indian states through the Mahatma Gandhi holiday, also called Gandhi Jayanti.

Who is Mahatma Gandhi?

Mahatma Jayanti Gandhi was born in 1869 on October 2. He received his education in India and England before moving to South Africa as a young lawyer. The racial discrimination in South Africa saddened him, and he led a non-violent movement that was against repression. He went back to India and became a political figure in the struggle against independence. And for this, he was jailed several times. Unfortunately, he was shot dead by a Hindu fanatic on his way home from evening prayers on January 30, 1948.

When is Mahatma Gandhi?

Mahatma Gandhi is observed on October 2 every year. This date coincides with the day Mahatma Gandhi was born in 1869 in the state of Gujrati. A similar holiday, International Day of Nonviolence, is observed on the same day as an impact of Gandhi's selfless acts and fame.

Is Mahatma Gandhi a public holiday?

Mahatma Gandhi is one of the three official National Holidays declared by the Indian government every year. It is a day off in all the Indian states and union territories.

What is open or closed on Mahatma Gandhi?

Being a public holiday, government offices, banks, post offices, organizations, schools, and many businesses remain closed. A few stores may, however, open but on reduced hours. Public transport might be slightly changed. It's vital to contact the local transport authorities to check on the timetable.

Things to do on the Mahatma Gandhi holiday?

Mahatma Gandhi is marked with various events across India as people honor the iconic leader. Mostly, the day is marked with prayers, and special prayer meetings are held at Raj Ghat, where Gandhi was cremated. During the prayers, Gandhi's favourite devotional song, Raghupathi Raghava Rajaram, is played. It's a good idea to attend these prayer services and commemorative ceremonies at your convenient place.

Various towns organize paintings, art exhibitions, and Mahatma Gandhi essay competitions on the theme of peace and glorifying non-violence just like Gandhi on his quest for Indian freedom. The local community, schools, and students are encouraged to participate in the remembrance of Gandhi. The winners often take home a hub of rewards. Mahatma Gandhi's holiday is also an excellent time to watch a film or read a book that records Gandhi's life achievements.

The sale of alcohol is prohibited on this day across India as everyone honors the great leader Gandhi was.

Gandhi Jayanti Observances

Year Date Day Holiday
2022 2 Oct Sun Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti
2021 2 Oct Sat Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti
2021 2 Sep Thu Gandhi Jayanti
2020 2 Oct Fri Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti
2019 2 Oct Wed Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti

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September 2, 2023

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