Each year on 2nd October, India pays homage to "Bapu" (also known as the "Father of the Nation") who played a significant role in Indian Independence.
Mohandas Karamachand Gandhi also referred as 'Gandhiji' was an iconic figure in India and around the globe for his unique practices of non-violence or ahimsa and philosophy of truth known as "Satyagraha".
Mahatma Gandhi was born on 2nd October 1869 in Porbandar. India observes a national holiday on his birthday to pay reverence to this great soul. Schools, colleges, offices and institutions remain close on this day.
On this day, people in the country hold several prayer services and community functions to pay tribute to the Father of the Nation. Art lovers hold exhibition that reflect the Gandhian principles of life and freedom, an interpretation of Gandhi's ideologies on canvas. This way, they honor his contribution towards India's freedom struggle in an aesthetic manner. In some places awards are given away to non-violence projects or acts in honor of him. Favourite devotional song 'Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram' and 'Ram Dhun' are sung in the memory of Gandhiji. Special speeches are given addressing his life and work of Gandhi with the view to educate young minds on his ideas and beliefs.
Lately, October 2nd has also been honored as the International Day of Non- Violence by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).