Ghandi Jayanti: Day of Non-Violence

Gandhi Jayanti: Day of Non-Violence

Every year, on October 2nd Indian citizens celebrate Gandhi’s birthday by holding a commemorative day on non-violence. Mahatma, meaning great soul, Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 and died on January 30, 1948. He was one of the most revered spiritual and political leaders of the 1900s playing a major role in the Indian Independence movement. He was the founding father of Satyagraha or the resistance to tyranny through nonviolence, courage and truth and is considered the Father of the Nation. Gandhi was known to practice civil disobedience and led a simple life. He wore the traditional Indian garb, and was a vegetarian. He often fasted as a means of self-purification and social protest. He believed that nonviolence was the most appropriate method for obtaining social and political goals. Gandhi spent many years in South Africa where he advocated for working towards bettering the social rights of fellow Indians. After spending over twenty years in South Africa, Gandhi returned to India and became the leader of the Indian nationalist movement. Gandhi worked hard to help India gain its freedom from Britain, and in 1947 Gandhi witnessed the results of his protests and actions when India gained its independence.

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