2nd October – Gandhi Jayanti
Mahatma Gandhi, or Bapu as he is lovingly called, was born on r October 1869. This day is of national importance as he was instrumental in the fight for Indian independence. Schools, colleges and public institutions all across the country, observe a national holiday on this day to commemorate his birthday.
In accordance of Mahatma Gandhi’s belief in simple living, his birthday festivities are devoid of any big celebrations. A prayer meeting is held at Rajghat, his sandhi in New Delhi. and also in various state capitals across the country. Verses from the holy books of all religions are also read out on this occasion as he believed in the equality of all religions. The sound of his favourite song Raghupati Raghav is invariably heard at these meetings. In acknowledgement of his contribution towards preaching ahimsa, the United Nations has also declared 2nd October as the International Day of Non-Violence.
As a role model, Bapu taught us the importance of truth and ahimsa or non-violence through Saryagraha. As citizens of today, each one of us must inculcate his virtues of truth and non-violence in our daily leaves. Only then can October be called a true celebration of Bapu’s birthday.