Gandhi Jayanti 2021, Celebrate This Gandhi Jayanti With Quotes And Poem About The Father Of The Nation

Gandhi Jayanti 2021: Mahatma Gandhi is known as Father of the Nation, and to remember his birthday Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated on 2 October every year. Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated across the country, and it is one of the national holidays. Check here the Gandhi Jayanti 2021 date, history, significance and Quotes And Poem About The Father Of The Nation.

Maria Thomas | Updated Sep 30, 2021 05:24 AM

Gandhi Jayanti 2021, Celebrate This Gandhi Jayanti With Quotes And Poem About The Father Of The Nation

Gandhi Jayanti 2021

Gandhi Jayanti is observed on 2 October every year. Gandhi Jayanti 2021 is a national holiday in India as the day is to honour the birthday of the Father of the nation. India celebrates the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi this year. Gandhi Jayanti is observed in all the States and Union Territories (UT) of India as one of the three officials declared National Holidays of India.

On 15th June 2007, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) announced that 2nd October will be observed as the International Day of Non-Violence. Gandhi was a preacher of non-violence. Gandhi is a symbol of peace and truth.

Gandhi Jayanti 2021 Date, Day

Date: 2 October 2021

Day: Saturday

Holiday: Gandhi Jayanti

States: Across the country

About Mahatma Gandhi

Mohandas Karam Chand Gandhi was born on 2nd October 1869, in Porbandar, Gujarat. He studied law in the United Kingdom (UK) and practised law in South Africa. He was a political & spiritual leader in India. He played a major role in the Indian independence movement. Throughout his life, he set an example of simple living and high thinking. He worked for the betterment of poor people in India. He was a pioneer of non-violence and truth. Mahatma Gandhi started the Satyagraha (non-violence) movement for the Indian freedom struggle. 

Mahatma Gandhi played a very significant role in achieving independence for India from British rule. He proved to the world that freedom can be achieved through the path of total non-violence. His ideologies of Satyagraha and non-violence have been guiding the entire world till now. India finally gained its freedom on 15th August 1947, through Gandhi's efforts. He was assassinated on 30 January 1948 by Nathuram Godse. The nation mourned for him sadly.

On 6th July 1944, Subhash Chandra Bose addressed Gandhi as "The Father of the Nation" and on 28 April 1947, Sarojini Naidu during a conference also referred to Gandhi as "Father of the Nation." It is essential that one should understand that some important events in Gandhi's life not only changed the course of his life but also the course of India.

Significant Events In History

  • 1913 - Gandhi's activism and arrest in South Africa

  • 1917 - Gandhi established Sabarmati Ashram

  • 1920-1922 - Non-Cooperation Movement

  • 1921 - Gandhi was given exclusive authority over the Indian National Congress

  • 1930 - Salt (Dandi) March 

  • 1942 - Quit India Movement

  • 1947 - British Declared Indian Independence

Major Ideologies And Principles of Gandhiji

  • Truth and nonviolence

  • Satyagraha

  • Sarvodaya (Universal Uplift)

  • Swaraj

  • Trusteeship

  • Swadeshi

Books Written By Mahatma Gandhi

  • The Story of My Experiments with Truth

  • Hind Swaraj

  • The Moral Basis of Vegetarianism

  • The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas

  • Peace: The Words and Inspiration of Mahatma Gandhi (Me-We)

  • Mohandas Gandhi: Essential Writings

How is Gandhi Jayanthi Celebrated?

On this day, people from across the world gather at their respective towns and cities to remember Mahatma Gandhi and his contribution to the freedom struggle of India. On these days special functions are organized in schools, other educational institutions and communities organize functions. Despite caste, religion and lifestyle, people gather together to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti. Several commemorative activities and cultural events are held at several places where special prayer and get-togethers are organized.

Mahatma Gandhi's birthday is celebrated across India and the world. The events include:

  • People offer prayers, commemorative ceremonies, and tributes at several locations all over India.

  • Other events like art exhibitions and essay competitions are hosted

  • Awards are presented to projects stimulating a non-violent way of life.

  • On this special day, people show films and book readings on Mahatma Gandhi's life and achievements.

  • Flowers and flower garlands are placed on many statues of Mahatma Gandhi throughout India. 

  • Apart from this, some people avoid eating meat or drinking alcohol on this day.

Mahatma Gandhi's Famous Quotes

  • You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

  • An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

  • Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

  • Where there is love there is life

  • Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever.

  • In a gentle way, you can shake the world.

  • If you don't ask, you don't get it.

  • The future depends on what we do in the present.

  • Action expresses priorities.

  • The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

  • Hate the sin, love the sinner.

  • Nobody can hurt me without my permission.

Gandhi Jayanti Poem In English

The Recipe

Into a bare handful of bones and skin
Pour just an ounce or so of flesh and blood;
Put in a heart loveful as Sea in flood;
Likewise a mind sea-deep and free from sin,
Fix on two jumboo ears,... two goo-goo eyes
Paint on a smile of babe at mother's breast,
Inclose a soul that caps Himavat's crest;
And speaks with tongue which honey's sweet defies;
The "stuffing"? Goat's milk, soya-beans and dates,
Now, cover to brim with suffering human's years;
And bake this dish in gaol for one score years
Take out and garnish it with pariah mates,
Wrap up in rag, prop up with lithe bamboo
And serve; The world Redeemer; Our Bapu.

By T. P. Kailasam 

Gandhi Jayanti Poem In Hindi

महात्मा गांधी जयंती पर हिंदी कवित

गौरों की ताकत बाँधी थी गाँधी के रूप में आंधी थी,
बड़े दिलवाले फकीर थे वो पत्थर के अमिट लकीर थे वो,
पहनते थे वो धोती खादी रखते थे इरादें फौलादी,
उच्च विचार और जीवन सादा उनको प्रिय थे सबसे ज्यादा,
संघर्ष अगर तो हिंसा क्यों खून का प्यासा इंसा क्यों,क्यों
हर चीज का सही तरीका है जो बापू से हमने सिखा है,
क्रांति जिसने लादी थी सोच वो गाँधी वादी थी,
उन्होंनेन्हों कहा करो अत्याचार थक जाओगे आखिरकार,
जुल्मों को सहते जाएंगे पर हम ना हाथ उठाएंगे,
एक दिन आएगा वो अवसर जब बाँधोगे अपने बिस्तर,
आगे चलके ऐसा ही हुआ गाँधी नारों ने उनको छुआ,
आगे फिरंग की बर्बाद थी और पीछे उनकी समाधि थी,
गौरों की ताकत बाँधी थी गाँधी के रूप में आंधी थी।

Gandhi - Interesting Facts

  1. The Mother tongue of Mahatma Gandhi was Gujarati.

  2. Gandhi was the youngest child of his parents. He had 2 brothers and 1 sister.

  3. Gandhiji did his schooling from Alfred High School, Rajkot.

  4. Mahadev Desai was Gandhi’s personal secretary.

  5. Gandhi spoke English like an Irishman. This is because one of his first English teachers was from Ireland.

  6. Famous author Leo Tolstoy and Gandhi interacted with each other through letters.

  7. Gandhi established a small colony, Tolstoy Farm at an 1100 acre site. It was located 21 miles from Johannesburg, South Africa for his colleagues in the Satyagraha struggle.

  8. Gandhi fought not only for Independence but also demanded fair treatment for the untouchables, lower caste. He has done several fasts in support of them. He called untouchables as Harijans meaning "children of God".

  9. In 1982, "Gandhi," an epic historical drama film based on Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi won the Academic Award for the best motion picture.

  10. In 1930, Time Magazine named him "Man of the Year". 

  11. Mahatma Gandhi was nominated 5 times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

  12. During World War II, Gandhi wrote a letter to Hitler, addressing him as "Dear Friend". Gandhi beseeched him to stop the war and Hitler never wrote back.

  13. British released a stamp honouring Gandhi, 21 years after his death.

  14. Gandhiji was not born with the title 'Mahatma'. Nobel Prize-winning Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore gave the title of Mahatma to Gandhi.

  15. When Jawaharlal Nehru gave a tryst of destiny speech to celebrate independence, Gandhi was not present.

  16. Gandhi was assassinated by Godse in the garden of the former Birla House.

  17. The funeral procession of Mahatma Gandhi was 8 kilometres long.

  18. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued "The Gandhi series banknotes" by displaying a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi since its introduction in 1996.

  19. In 1959, the Gandhi Memorial Museum was established at Madurai in Tamil Nadu, India. It is also known as the Gandhi Museum.

Gandhi Jayanti Days in upcoming years

This year Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated on 2 October 2021. 

2022: Gandhi Jayanti will be celebrated on 2 October 2022 (Sunday)

2023: Ganesh Jayanti will be celebrated on 2 October 2023 (Monday)

2024: Gandhi Jayanti will be celebrated on 2 October 2024 (Wednesday)

2025:Gandhi Jayanti will be celebrated on 2 October 2025 (Thursday)

List of other Public and Government Holidays October 2021

Date Holiday
6 October 2021 Bathukamma Starting Day
7 October 2021 Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti
12 October 2021 Maha Saptami
13 October 2021 Durga Ashtami/Durga Navami
18 October 2021 Mawlid
31 October 2021 Sardar Patel’s Birthday/Maharishi Valmiki Birthday

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Gandhi Jayanti 2021 - FAQ

1. When is Gandhi Jayanti celebrated?

On 2 October, Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated across the country.

2. On which day does Gandhi Jayanti 2021 fall?

Gandhi Jayanti 2021 falls on 2 October 2021, Saturday.

3. How is Gandhi Jayanti Celebrated?

Gandhi Jayanti is a national Indian holiday and is celebrated in all states and territories of the union. Special prayers and homages across the country will mark the day. The celebrations at the school level and at the college level are beautiful to watch. Various forms of Gandhi remembrance competitions are arranged for students.

4. At what day does Gandhi Jayanti 2021 fall?

Gandhi Jayanti falls on 2 October 2021, Saturday.

5. At what day does Gandhi Jayanti 2025 fall?

Gandhi Jayanti falls on 2 October 2025, Thursday.

6. When did Dandi March happen?

The Salt March or Salt Satyagraha, Dandi March and the Dandi Satyagraha was held from 12 Mar 1930 – 6 Apr 1930. It was an act of nonviolent civil disobedience in colonial India led by Gandhi.

7. Was Mahatma Gandhi awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?

No, Mahatma Gandhi was not awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. But he was nominated 5 times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

8. Which Magazine named Gandhi "Man of the Year", in 1930?

In 1930, Time Magazine named Mahatma Gandhi "Man of the Year". The collected works of Mahatma Gandhi have 50,000 pages.