There are only a few people in the world who have led their nations and people in a way that world still follows their path and pay tributes. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is among the most renewed leaders in the world who through his ideas, values of non-violence have changed the lives of millions and made the world a better place to live. Millions of people all across the world still follows his values and ideas. India has given a title to him as Father of the Nation and celebrates his birthday on 2nd October each year as a national holiday in India. Gandhi Jayanti is also known as a Dry day where no alcohol is available anywhere on this holiday in India.
What Do People in India Do On Gandhi Jayanti
Gandhi Jayanti is a national holiday where all government offices and banks are closed. Many people across India still believe in Gandhiji principles and values. There are several events such as prayer services, commemorative ceremonies, and tributes at locations all over India. There are many art exhibitions and essay competitions.
People all conduct award ceremonies to projects stimulation a non-violent way of life. Several museums, guest lectures, public areas also organize book readings, lectures, showing of films on Mahatma Gandhi's life and success. 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 alcohol on October 2nd.
Community Celebrations in India
On this day, people of the country organize several prayer services and community functions to pay the tribute of the Father of the Nation. Art lovers organize an art exhibition that reflects Mahatma principles and values. Special speeches are given by renowned leaders and professors to educate young minds on his ideas and beliefs. In some places, awards are given away to no-violence projects or acts in honor of him.
Out of all the above, the main event and prayers meetings are held in Raj Ghat, New Delhi. Prime minister and President pay tribute through flowers to all the contributions and struggles Gandhiji did for the freedom of India. His most favorite song ‘RaghuPathi Raghava Raja Ram’ is played in honor of him.
Advice From the Locals
There are several museums and art gallery that reflects the contributions done by Gandhiji. It is ideal to visit these special events across many major cities around India.
You can visit Raj Ghat in Delhi where there are 36 memorials dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. The ghat is located on the banks of the river Yamuna, marks the spot of the Gandhiji Memorial. There might be a huge crowd to pay tribute to Gandhiji on his birthday, therefore it is ideal to visit one day after Gandhi Jayanti.
You can also pay homage to Gandhi in his ashram in Sabarmati Gujrat, it is a great place to peek at the life of Gandhiji. It is converted to a museum that you can visit. Aga Khan palace is another place that you can visit, Gandhiji was kept as a prisoner by Britishers in this palace.
Overall Feeling on this Holiday in India
Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti is a national holiday as almost everything is closed on this day. People happen to spend time with their families and go out for shopping and movies. Followers of Gandhiji visit several art galleries and speeches to pay tribute to Gandhiji. Gandhi Jayanti is the only day in India as a dry day therefore no alcohol is available in the market.
People visit museums and Raj Ghat to honor Gandhiji contributions, his statues are decorated with flowers as well. Several autobiographies about him are telecast on local T.V channels as well. This day gives the feeling of pride that every Indian has as a free citizen who has all the freedom that most of the nation even today does not have.