Here are facts about Gandhi Jayanti and Gandhiji himself you probably didn’t know. Gandhi Jayanti is on 2nd of October, which is celebrated as Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. Mahatma Gandhi was our country’s greatest leader and is known as the father of the nation by the people.
But there are some facts that you must have not known all your life and will definitely shock you especially the 7th one!
- The Constitution of India does not permit a ‘Father of Nation’
Although we still know Mahatma Gandhi as the Father of our Nation, the constitution of India does not permit the title of Father of Nation given to anybody. The United Nations General Assembly announced 2nd October as the ‘International Day of Non-Violence.’ (Wiki)
- Gandhi Jayanti is one of 3 National Holidays of India
The other two national holidays being on 15th August as Independence Day and on 26th January as Republic Day of India. (Wiki)
- Special Tributes is given to Gandhiji at Raj Ghat
Raj Ghat is a place where Gandhiji was cremated. It is in New Delhi. The day is marked by prayers and tributes at the Gandhi Memorial.
- The funeral parade of Gandhiji was 8 kilometers long
Hindu and Muslim mourners followed the procession of funeral from the funeral route to the cremation ground. Almost one million people took part in the Mahatma Gandhi’s funeral procession to reach the cremation grounds near New Delhi (Wiki)
- England released a stamp honoring Gandhiji after 21 years of his death
Besides India, 80 countries, from Antigua to Zambia, have issued some 250 stamps on the Mahatma Gandhi.
- 16 Countries have number of roads in their country named after Mahatma Gandhi
Around 50 roads around the world in various countries including, Netherlands, France, United States Iran, Germany, Turkey, Spain, Italy and Mexico and others are named after our Gandhi Bapu. (Wiki)
- Gandhi Bapu promoted Football
Gandhiji established three football clubs in Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg all of which were given the same name: Passive Resisters Soccer Club in his non-violent campaign against racial discrimination. The idea of team player appealed to him than the idea of star player. (Source)
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