Martyrs’ Day 2024: Date, history and significance

Martyr’s Day, also known as Shaheed Diwas, is observed in India on January 30 annually. The day is dedicated to pay homage to the courageous soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their motherland. It also marks the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948.

Martyrs’ Day 2024: India marks the 76th Martyrs’ Day on January 30. This day is also observed as Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary. Gandhi, world-renowned for leading the freedom movement in India, was shot dead on January 30, 1948, by Nathuram Godse. He was on his way to address a prayer meeting at Birla Bhawan in Delhi when the fateful incident occurred.

Gandhi, also known as the “Father of the Nation” led India’s freedom movement. He was known for his peaceful and non-violent methods to fight against the British rule.

History and significance of Martyrs’ Day:

Martyrs’ Day, also known as Shaheed Diwas, is observed in India on January 30 annually. The day is dedicated to pay homage to the courageous soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their motherland. It also marks the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948. In 1949, Godse, a Hindu nationalist, was sentenced to death.

While the day primarily commemorates the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, it also serves as a day to remember and pay respects to all the other martyrs who sacrificed their lives for their country.

How is Martyrs’ Day observed across India?

Martyrs’ Day, also known as Mahatma Gandhi’s Punyatithi or death anniversary, is marked by prayer meetings across the country. Government officials, leaders, and citizens gather at memorials and statues of freedom fighters to pay homage to those who laid down their lives for the nation.

A significant ritual of Martyrs’ Day also involves observing a two-minute silence to remember and reflect on the supreme sacrifice made by martyrs and to express gratitude for their contributions.

Educational institutions, government offices, and various organisations organise special programs to show their respect to martyrs. Cultural events, speeches, and essay competitions are often held to instil a sense of patriotism and respect for the country’s history.

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