Ayyankali Jayanthi 2020: Ayyankali Jayanthi Date, History of Ayyankali Jayanthi

Ayyankali Jayanthi 2020: Kerala people celebrate Ayyankali Jayanthi every year on 28 August. Ayyankali Jayanthi is celebrated as a birth of social reformer Ayyankali. The history of Ayyankali Jayanthi and more details about Ayyankali is provided in the article. Also, get the latest updates on Ayyankali Jayanthi on Fresherslive. 

Niranjani | Updated Jun 22, 2020 11:48 AM

Ayyankali Jayanthi 2020: Ayyankali Jayanthi Date, History of Ayyankali Jayanthi

Ayyankali Jayanthi 2020:

Every year Ayyankali Jayanthi is celebrated in Kerala on 28 August as a public holiday. It is a commemoration of the birth of the renowned social reformer Ayyankali who was born in 1963.

Ayyankali Jayanthi 2020 Date, Day:

Date: 28 August 2020

Day: Friday

Holiday: Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti

State: Kerala

List of other Public and Government Holidays in August 2020:

Date Holiday
3 August 2020  Raksha Bandhan
11 August 2020 Janmashtami
13 August 2020 Patriot’s day
15 August 2020 Independence Day
17 August 2020 Parsi New Year
22 August 2020 Ganesh Chaturthi
29 August 2020 Ashura/Karam
31 August 2020 Thiruvonam

Ayyankali Jayanthi History:

Ayyankali was born in modern-day Thiruvananthapuram, the former Travancore (British India), on August 28, 1963. He was born in a family belonging to the community of Pulayar, which was considered untouchable. The community members were usually farmers who worked as rural slaves to wealthy landlords. Ayyankali 's family was granted a gift of 5 acres of farmland by a landlord because of which they had a better economic status in their society than others. Nevertheless, the social discrimination which they were subjected to by the members of other castes led Ayyankali to rebel.

Along with other like-minded peers, Ayyankali started to develop and perform dances and songs as a means to protest the injustice of untouchability. These protests also ended in physical attacks. He soon gained prominence and got the nickname "Moothapullai" or "Urpillai'. Ayyankali had married a woman named Chellamma in the year 1888. They had seven children.

Ayyankali later in life became a respected member of the assembly of Travancore City, called the Praja Sabha or Sree Moolam Popular Assembly. Ayyankali died in the Madras Presidency of British India on 18 June 1941. He was seventy-seven years old. He has been identified by prominent historians as one of the "most significant Dalit leaders of modern Kerala.

Ayyankali Protests:

Ayyankali protested for the right to wear the same clothing as the Nair clan, which in caste hierarchy was considered higher. Ayyankali was one of the main forces behind successfully fighting for the rights of lower-caste women to cover up their upper torso, which occurred for the same cause after the Nadar community 's success of the Channar Revolt.

He also traveled to the lower castes on roads, which were off-limits. His protests inspired others and led to similar protests, also in other places. Inspired by the actions of the famous reformist Ayaavu Swamikal in the year 1904, Ayyankali and his friends established a branch of the Swamikal organization at his Venganoor birthplace

Ayyankali's Organisation

In 1907, Ayyankali formed the organisation called the Sadhu Jana Paripalana Sangham (SJPS), which attracted both Christians and Hindus to collaborate for the establishment of schools operated by the Pulayar community and for the Pulayars to increase access to education at other schools.

When one of the schools were burnt by the upper castes, Ayyankali organized the first strike of agricultural labourers where they stopped working in the fields. The result was that the government decided to fully lift all limitations on lower caste groups accessing education.

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Ayyankali Jayanthi 2020- FAQ

1. When is Ayyankali Jayanthi celebrated?

Every year Ayyankali Jayanthi is celebrated in Kerala on 28 August as a public holiday.

2. When was Ayyankali born?

Ayyankali was born in modern-day Thiruvananthapuram, the former Travancore (British India), on August 28, 1963.

3. Which State celebrates Ayyankali Jayanthi?

Ayyankali Jayanthi is celebrated in the Kerala state every year.