Gandhi Jayanti

October 2 is the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi – a national holiday in India. The day has also been declared an International Day of Non-Violence by the United Nations General Assembly. Here are some ways in which Gandhi Jayanti is being celebrated:

  • An art action by OraWorldMandala connecting the children of Ahmedabad, India with the children of Mexico as part of its first experiment: Education for a Culture of Peace.
  • Candlelight vigils throughout India and other parts of the world to highlight the agrarian crisis and farmer suicides taking place all over India, and particularly in Vidarbha. In Bombay, join Peace Mumbai and Vidarbha Jan Aandolan Samiti (VJAS) at 7pm at Marine Drive. AID India is also organizing candlelight vigils in these locations.
  • “Janadesh 2007” – a non-violent march by 25,000 people for land and livelihood rights for the marginalized – organized by Ekta Parishad.  The march will begin on 2 October from the Mela Ground in Gwalior and follow the National Highway to New Delhi, reaching on 29 October.
  • Premiere of “SHE Creates” – 5 films made by 25 girls from diverse backgrounds, trained by Mam Movies. Time: 5:30pm to 9:30pm. Venue: Manik Sabhagraha, Opp. Lilavati Hospital, Bandra Reclamation, Bandra (W), Mumbai 400 050.
  • 24 hours of prayer, song, movie and discussions on the philosophy of non-violence in Hiroshima, Japan.
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