In India, there are some festivals too that are not celebrated due to any ancient incident. There was some great person who did great and influencing work and on the birth date or death date of those persons, we celebrate the festival.
Gandhi Jayanti is one of those festivals which doesn’t involve an ancient story, the day is celebrated as Peace day as Mahatma Gandhi Ji, whose real name was “Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi” who was a very humble and peaceful person and Gandhi Ji did many influencing things in his life span.
On his birth date which is the 2nd of October the day is celebrated as Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti. Gandhi Ji practiced peace and non-violence in his whole life, he traveled to many countries just to promote peace, and hence the day is also recognized as World Peace day or Non-violence day.
There are many things which are required to know about Gandhi Ji as he did many big things in his life period, the prefix before his name “Mahatma” has been added for a reason and in this article, we will discuss all the important factors and things about Gandhi JI.
Who was Mahatma Gandhi JI?
As mentioned above the real name of “Mahatma Gandhi JI” was “Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi” and he was born on the 2nd of October at “Porbandar” like a place in Indian State Gujarat.
Gandhi Ji was an Indian Layer, he completed his basic education and moved to London for further studies and he got his degree of law from London. Gandhi Ji was a political ethicist who successfully led the revolution of Indian Independence against British Rule.
In Indian Independence Gandhi played a very important role, he successfully established non-violence and peace in the whole nation and these two factors played a very crucial role in putting pressure on the British Government.
Gandhi Ji traveled to many countries and spread awareness about peace, he wanted peace to be established everywhere as according to him peace is the only thing that can unite the whole world. While his campaigns he got his name “Mahatma” (which means a great soul) in South Africa while he was fighting against ruling countries over South Africa and after that Gandhi Ji was worldwide famous with his name “Mahatma Gandhi”.
Highlighted Acts by Gandhi Ji-
- An activist in Civil Rights in South Africa
In 1893 Gandhi Ji went to South Africa as being the lawyer of Abdullah’s cousin as there was some case going over Abdullah’s cousin and Gandhi Ji was freshly graduated with a law degree at age of 23 and took the offer as an opportunity to develop. At that time South Africa was ruled by Europeans and Gandhi Ji faced much discrimination of colors. Gandhi Ji spent his next 21 years and put his all efforts in changing this thing. Later when Abdulla’s cousin’s case was over than Gandhi Ji opposed a bill that involves not voting right. Gandhi Ji explained the things and then comes with an Act of Civil Rights Act which means equality to the people with voting rights.
- Salt Satyagraha in India
When Gandhi Ji was released early from his imprisonment, he was still demanding “Swaraj” which means Self Rule and hence he has to violate some rules and policies imposed by the British Government. At that time British imposed a rule over salt when salt was made near the seaside with separating salt from seawater. British came with a bill which said that no one is allowed to make salt near the seaside. And then Gandhi Ji came with Salt Satyagraha and traveled 400 kilometers by foot and reached the seaside to make salt. He violated the rule by the British Government and that movement called Salt Satyagraha.
There are many other interesting and important works about Gandhi ji, later Gandhi Ji was given the title of “Father of Nation” and also called Bapu which also means father in the Gujarati Language. All over Gandhi Ji was a humble and peaceful person; he showed the world that how things can change without any violence and lead India towards Independence and “Swaraj” with peace.
Significance of Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti
The basic and only significance to Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti is to promote peace and non-violence as Gandhi Ji only promoted these two things and on the day of his birth we remember the good things about Gandhi Ji that how he tolerated many things and still practiced peace.
On this day government of India gives Nation Holiday as the Father of the Nation leads India towards its Independence. Indian Government also picturized the image of Mahatma Gandhi Ji on Indian currency as showing honor to his name and his good works. With this step, people will never forget his name and his good work.
Most of the schools celebrate Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti a day before the 2nd of October as it is also important to the children to know about the day, its importance, and its significance. Many give tribute and present flowers to Gandhi Ji photos and there are many functions about patriotism and the life of Gandhi Ji.
Prime Minister and other social workers visit Raj Ghat which is a place in New Delhi where Gandhi Ji was given his after-death honors and a special area was made on his name just for the tribute. Also, there are many functions organized at Raj Ghat and there are many visitors and guests from all over the world on this day to Raj Ghat.
Gandhi Ji did many remarkable works in his lifespan and hence Gandhi’s images will be always there in every Indian’s heart as the kind of freedom we are enjoying today would not have been possible without the hard work and sacrifice of Gandhi Ji. The sad part is with the changing generation and modernization significance of the day is decreasing rapidly and in this case, awareness about the day and telling the facts about Mahatma Gandhi Ji becomes very important.
Mahatma Gandhi Ji was a very joyful and humble personality; if you ever see Gandhi Ji’s images you will notice a wide smile and humbleness in the image. Let’s practice peace and non-violence and take forward the initiative of Gandhi Ji on Gandhi Jayanti.