Gandhi Jayanti in India: A Celebration of One of the Most Influential Figures in History

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October 2nd, 2022, marks the 148th anniversary of the birth of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who was born in 1869 in India and went on to become the leader of India’s independence movement against British colonialism. Gandhi Jayanti is one of the most important and celebrated holidays in India; here’s everything you need to know about this day of celebration and national unity.

The Early Years
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 to a Gujarati family living in Porbandar, a coastal city and municipality in the Kathiawar region of Gujarat. His father was Karamchand Gandhi (1822-1885) who served as an administrator for Porbandar state. Mohan’s mother Putlibai (1845-1911) loved Mohan deeply, but died when he was only eight years old.

Education and The Law
A day off work to celebrate one of the most influential figures in history? Sounds like a great idea. But what is Gandhi Jayanti? In fact, it’s an annual national holiday that celebrates Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who was born on October 2nd 1869 and died on January 30th 1948. It’s also a day when people make resolutions to devote themselves to Gandhian principles such as truthfulness and nonviolence.

Later Life
Mohandas Gandhi was an Indian lawyer and politician who served as the leader of India’s independence movement against British rule. He is considered one of the most influential figures in history for popularizing nonviolent resistance. The Hindu calendar celebrates his life every year on October 2nd with a holiday called Mahatma Gandhi Day. The holiday has been celebrated since 1930, first on October 2nd, then from 1940 to 1947, from 1958 to 1963, from 1968 to 1977, and now every year since 1980.

The Legacy
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known as Mahatma Gandhi, was an Indian social reformer and politician who led the country’s independence movement against British rule. Born on October 2, 1869, he became a lawyer at age 23 and began advocating for rights and fair treatment for Indians. After a nonviolent protest which won concessions from British authorities, he traveled to South Africa to help fight discrimination against Indians there. He returned to India in 1915 and participated in national politics.

Quotes by Mahatma Gandhi
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
A nation’s culture resides in its villages.
I don’t want to be a person who has lived a life that is comfortable, convenient, and luxurious. I want to be someone who knows about suffering and how to bear it.
The greatness of a nation can be judged by how it treats its weakest members.

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