Martyrs’ Day 2022:- Why is it celebrated on January 30 every year?

Martyrs’ Day marks the death anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi who was popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi. On January 30, 1948 Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse, a member of Hindu Mahasabha.

This year, India will commemorate the 74th death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
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Martyrs’ day or Shaheed diwas is observed on January 30 every year across the nation. It marks the death anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi who was popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi. This day is celebrated to pay tribute to Gandhiji and all the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the nation.

Why is it celebrated on January 30?

On January 30, 1948 Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse, a member of Hindu Mahasabha. Godse fired three bullets in the chest of Gandhiji at Birla House, New Delhi. This year, India will commemorate the 74th death anniversary of Bapu Gandhi.

Mahatma Gandhi was one of the most prominent leaders who made India independent from the british rule. He led several movements in a non-violent way. Mahatma Gandhi is also known as the Father of the Nation.

How is the Martyrs’ Day celebrated?

The President, Prime minister, Home minister, Chiefs of the army, navy and air force pay tribute to Gandhiji at Raj Ghat, New Delhi on this day. Like every year, the Central government has directed the states and the union territories to observe two minutes of silence at 11 am in the memory of martyred freedom fighters.

Prime minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Gandhiji and all the freedom fighters. He tweeted, “Remembering Bapu on his Punya Tithi. It is our collective endeavour to further popularise his noble ideals. Today, on Martyrs’ Day, paying homage to all the greats who courageously safeguarded our nation. Their service and bravery will always be remembered.”

“President Ramnath Kovind pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi on Martyrs’ Day and attended Sarva Dharma Prarthana at Rajghat, New Delhi,” Rashtrapati Bhawan tweeted.

March 23 is also celebrated as Martyrs’s Day

In India, march 23 is also celebrated as Martyrs’s Day as on this day in 1931, freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were hung by the britishers. They were hung for assassinating the British officer John Saundres in 1928. Their sacrifice inspired millions of Indians and filled the youth with anger and courage.

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