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Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti in India

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Mahatma Gandhi's birthday is an annual gazetted holiday in India on October 2.

Local names

NameLanguage
महात्मा गांधी जयंतीHindi
Mahatma Gandhi JayantiEnglish
Mahatma Gandhis GeburtstagGerman

Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti 2015

Friday, October 2, 2015
Note: During a gazetted holiday, government offices and most businesses are closed so people have a day off work.
List of dates for other years

Mahatma Gandhi's birthday (Gandhi Jayanti or Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti) is a gazetted holiday in India on October 2 each year. It marks the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's birth on October 2, 1869. Gandhi is remembered for his contributions towards the Indian freedom struggle.

Gandhi on 50 rupees banknote from India

Mahatma Gandhi's birthday (image of Gandhi pictured above) is an important holiday in India

©iStockphoto.com/Georgios Kollidas

What do people do?

Many people celebrate Mahatma Gandhi's birthday across India. Events include:

Many people sing Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram, Gandhi's favorite devotional song. Bunches of flowers or flower garlands are placed on many statues of Mahatma Gandhi throughout India. Some people also avoid eating meat or drinking alcohol on October 2.

Public life

Government offices, post offices and banks are closed on Mahatma Gandhi's birthday. Stores and other businesses and organizations may be closed or have reduced opening hours. Those wishing to use public transport on the day may need to contact the local transport authorities to check on timetables.

Background

Mahatma Gandhi, also known as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, was born on October 2, 1869, and died on January 30, 1948. He was a political and spiritual leader in India and played a key role in the Indian independence movement. Gandhi developed the novel technique of non-violent agitation, which he called "Satyagraha", loosely translated as "moral domination".

He is known for his non-violent civil disobedience in India and South Africa. These included the start of the non-cooperation movement in 1922 and the Salt Satyagraha or Salt (Dandi) March starting on March 12, 1930. Through Gandhi's efforts, India finally gained its freedom on August 15, 1947. The nation mourned for him after he was assassinated on January 30, 1948. The United Nations' (UN) International Day of Non-Violence is also held on October 2 each year to coincide with Mahatma Gandhi's birthday.

Symbols

Three locations in India play important roles in the celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi's birthday. These are:

The British controlled the production and distribution of cloth in India in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Mahatma Gandhi felt that India could never become independent until the country could produce its own cloth. He encouraged people to spin and weave cotton cloth using small scale traditional spinning wheels and looms. Hence, simple hand spinning wheels for cotton became an important symbol of the struggle for Indian independence and Mahatma Gandhi's life and work.

Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti Observances

Note: During a gazetted holiday, government offices and most businesses are closed so people have a day off work.
WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
SunOct 22005Mahatma Gandhi JayantiGazetted Holiday
MonOct 22006Mahatma Gandhi JayantiGazetted Holiday
TueOct 22007Mahatma Gandhi JayantiGazetted Holiday
ThuOct 22008Mahatma Gandhi JayantiGazetted Holiday
FriOct 22009Mahatma Gandhi JayantiGazetted Holiday
SatOct 22010Mahatma Gandhi JayantiGazetted Holiday
SunOct 22011Mahatma Gandhi JayantiGazetted Holiday
TueOct 22012Mahatma Gandhi JayantiGazetted Holiday
WedOct 22013Mahatma Gandhi JayantiGazetted Holiday
ThuOct 22014Mahatma Gandhi JayantiGazetted Holiday
FriOct 22015Mahatma Gandhi JayantiGazetted Holiday

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