About Gandhi Jayanti of India
The birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, is observed in India as Gandhi Jayanti. As a mark of respect to the great leader, the day has been declared as a public holiday in India. As part of the celebrations, prayer meetings are held with reverence all over the country. During such meetings in commemoration of this world renowned apostle of peace, verses are read out from the holy books of all religions. Other commemorative programmes, especially in schools and colleges, include holding debates, quiz programmes, skits, etc. Programmes of ‘Shramadan’ or Donation of Labor in which people offer public and social service for free, forms the main attraction of the celebrations. Peace Marches calling for unity and solidarity amongst the different communities of India are also held in various parts.
India wrested its independence from Britain in 1947 after a long freedom struggle led largely by the Indian National Congress and its visionary leaders, especially, Mahatma Gandhi. From 1920, the freedom movement leaders began highly popular mass campaign against the British Raj using largely peaceful methods. India’s acquisition of independence resulted in the formation of two countries, India and Pakistan. Following the controversial partition of India, rioting broke out, leaving some 500,000 dead. Also, this period saw one of the largest mass migrations ever recorded in modern history, with a total of 12 million Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims moving between the newly created nations of India and Pakistan.
Source: Incredible India – History
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