Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti (2nd of October)

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Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti

2nd of October is the birth anniversary of the father of the nation of India: Mahatma Gandhi, who was born in the year 1869. It is observed as a national holiday in India to commemorate Gandhi, his contributions towards the freedom struggle of India. His full name was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as M.K. Gandhi, however, he was fondly known as ‘’Bapu’’ by his followers. As on today, he is remembered as Mahatma Gandhi.  Throughout his lifespan, Gandhi contributed immensely to India’s independence movement, following nonviolent techniques, known as ‘’Satyagraha’’ and he also gained extensive attention for his civil disobedience movement in both India and South Africa. This kick-started with the non cooperation movement in the year 1922 and the Salt Satyagraha, which took place in the year 1930. It was through Mahatma Gandhi’s efforts that India gained independence from the British Raj on the 15th of August in the year 1947.

Being a gazetted holiday, on the 2nd of October every year, post offices, banks, as well as government offices are all closed. Even private organizations either choose to remain close for the whole day or reduce their open hours. The national holiday is also observed through various ways, some of which are, conducting prayer services, tributes and commemorative ceremonies in various locations all across the country, organizing essay competitions as well as art exhibitions, organizing documentary and movie screenings of films that depict the life of Mahatma Gandhi and how a nonviolent approach can help us achieve things in our day to day life.

On this occasion, here’s a list of some of the best quotes by Mahatma Gandhi himself—

“Love requires that true education should be easily accessible to all and should be of use to every villager in this daily life”

‘’In a democratic scheme, money invested in the promotion of learning gives a tenfold return to the people even as a seed sown in good soil returns a luxuriant crop”

‘’You must be the change you wish to see in the world.’’

‘’Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever.’’

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