Gandhi Jayanti is an event celebrated in India to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. It is celebrated annually on 2 October, and it is one of the three national holidays of India. The UN General Assembly announced on 15 June 2007 that it adopted a resolution which declared that 2 October will be celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence.
Gandhi Jayanti is marked by prayer services and tributes all over India, including at Gandhi’s memorial Raj Ghat in New Delhi where he was cremated. Popular activities include prayer meetings, commemorative ceremonies in different cities by colleges, local government institutions and socio-political institutions.
On Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday, he was paid different tributes. The Central Railway zone celebrated Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birth Anniversary Year by painting diesel locomotives with the Mahatma Gandhi’s picture on the backdrop of the national tricolour.
In a tribute to Gandhi, The Honorable Prime Minister has released a coin of ₹150 on his 150th birthday. Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh also paid tributes at Rajghat.
Congress workers took a mass oath to carry forward Mahatma Gandhi’s vision. Meanwhile, BJP chief Amit Shah flaged off the party’s nationwide Gandhi Sankalp Yatra. In the evening, PM Modi visited Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat to address 10,000 sarpanchs.
He also declared India ‘open defecation free’ and success of the Swachh Bharat Mission and launch a war against plastic. An exhibition titled ‘Picture Postcards for Gandhi’ to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and his contribution towards environment was held at M.F. Hussain Art Gallery of Jamia Millia Islamia.
The exhibition was conceived, designed and curated by Prof. Farhat Basir Khan. Painting and essay competitions are conducted and best awards are granted for projects in schools and the community encouraging a non-violent way of life as well as celebrating Gandhi’s effort in the Indian independence movement.
Gandhi’s favourite Bhajan (Hindu devotional song), Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram, is usually sung in his memory.
Statues of Mahatma Gandhi throughout the country are decorated with flowers and garlands, and some people avoid drinking alcohol or eating meat on the day. Public buildings, banks and post offices are closed.