Mahatma Gandhi Birthday in Goa in 2020

Mahatma Gandhi Birthday in Goa in 2020
  How long until Mahatma Gandhi Birthday?
This holiday next takes place in 292 days.
  Dates of Mahatma Gandhi Birthday in Goa
2021 Sat, Oct 2Public Holiday
2020 Fri, Oct 2Public Holiday
2019 Wed, Oct 2Public Holiday
2018 Tue, Oct 2Public Holiday
2017 Mon, Oct 2Public Holiday
  Summary
Gandhi Jayanti is a national holiday celebrated across India to mark the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi

When is Gandhi Jayanti?

Gandhi Jayanti is a national holiday celebrated across India to mark the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the "Father of the Nation".

It is celebrated on October 2nd every year. It is one of three official declared National Holidays of India and is observed in all its states and territories.

History of Gandhi Jayanti

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2nd 1869 in Gujarat, then known as Porbandar, British India.

Gandhi lived his life with acceptance and practice of truth, non-violence, vegetarianism, simplicity and faith in God and was a major political and spiritual leader within India. He was a pioneer of Satyagraha, which believed in resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience, firmly founded upon total non-violence.

His honorific title of Mahatma, which means "high-souled" in Sanskrit, was first used in 1914 in South Africa.

The movement led India to independence and his efforts have since inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. He was a source of inspiration to many political leaders all over the world, including Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr.

How is Gandhi Jayanti celebrated?

The day is marked by prayer services all over India, and especially at Raj Ghat, Gandhi's memorial in New Delhi where he was cremated.

Celebrations on the day include prayer meetings and commemorative ceremonies in various cities by colleges, local government institutions and socio-political institutions.

Painting and essay competitions are held and awards are announced for projects in schools and the community, on the themes of glorifying peace, non-violence and Gandhi's effort in Indian Freedom Struggle.

Often Gandhi's favourite devotional song, Raghupathi Raghava Rajaram is sung in memory of him.

This holiday is a dry day in India when the sale of alcohol is not permitted.

The impact and fame of Gandhi beyond India are reflected in the International Day of Nonviolence which is celebrated worldwide on his birthday. 

2014 and the 'pledge of cleanliness'

In 2014, the government asked all public sector employees to attend work on 2 October, to spend the day cleaning their offices to mark the launch of the 'Clean India' initiative. This request to work on a national holiday did not apply to the private sector. Despite this, technically this was still a non-working day, as employees came to work to clean, not do their normal duties.

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