Festival of Peace “Gandhi Jayanti”
In India, there are some festivals too which 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 and ancient story, the day is celebrated as Peace day as Mahatma Gandhi ji, who’s real name was “Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi” was very humble and peaceful person and Gandhi Ji did many influencing things in his life span.
On his birth date which is 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 that real name of “Mahatma Gandhi JI” was “Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi” and he was born on 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 the peace, he wanted peace to be established everywhere as according to him peace is the only thing which 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-
The activist in Civil Rights in South Africa
In 1893 Gandhi Ji went to South Africa as being lawyer of Abdullah’s cousin as there was some case going over Abdullah’s cousin and Gandhi Ji was freshly graduated with law degree at aged 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 which involves not voting right. Gandhi Ji explained the things and the then comes with an Act of Civil Rights Acts which means equality to the people with the voting rights.
Salt Satyagraha in India
When Gandhi Ji was released early from his imprisonment, he was still demanding for “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 sea side with separating salt from seawater. British came with a bill which said that no one is allowed to make salt near the sea side. And then Gandhi Ji came with Salt Satyagraha and traveled 400 kilometers by foot and reached 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 Gujarati Language. All over Gandhi Ji was humble and peaceful person; he showed the world that how things can change without any violence and lead India towards Independence and “Swaraj” with the 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 the government of India gives Nation Holiday as Father of Nation lead India towards its Independence. Indian Government also picturized 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 the name and good work by him.
Most of the schools celebrate Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti a day before 2nd of October as it is also important to the children to know about the day, its importance and its significance. Many gives tribute and present flowers to Gandhi Ji photos and there are many functions about patriotism and 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 guest from all over the world on this day to Raj Ghat.
Gandhi Ji did many remarkable works in his lifespan and hence Gandhi ji images will be always there in every Indians 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 very joyful and humble personality; if you ever see Gandhi Ji 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.