Not only is Gandhi Jayanti celebrated on 2 October, but the birth anniversary of another great leader of India is also celebrated. This day is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of the Late Lal Bahadur Shastri.
Even after several years of Lal Bahadur Shastri’s death, Lal Bahadur Shastri is still remembered for his positive and necessary changes to improve Indian society. Along with Gandhi, people also dedicated their love and reverence to Lal Bahadur Shastri.
Lal Bahadur Shastri was the second Prime Minister of India from 1946 to 1966 of the Republic of India. He was a noted Indian politician, academic and activist, a senior leader of the Indian National Congress political party. He also served as the Minister of External Affairs, Railways and more.
Lal Bahadur Shastri was born on 2 October 1904 in Mughalsarai, Uttar Pradesh. Bahadur belonged to a lower-class family where his father, Sharda Prasad Srivastava, was a teacher, and his mother, Ramdulari Devi, was a homemaker.
Hence Lal Bahadur Shastri's real name was Lal Bahadur Srivastava; being an academic success, he got the title of 'Shastri'. He established "Jai Jawan Jai Kisan" to promote the significant contribution of soldiers and farmers to the country's economy.
On January 11, 1966, Bahadur breathed his last breath in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, one of the prestigious awards in India.
The 2nd of October marks the birth anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second Prime Minister of India. In 2023, Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanti will be celebrated on Monday. Along with Gandhiji, Lal Bahadur Shastri also gave his whole heart and soul to the freedom struggle.
At the same time, people also remember Bahadur's selfless contribution to the country and his tireless efforts to free it from the tyranny of the British on this day. Thus the day of 2nd October is dedicated to these two patriots who have inspired millions of people to follow their path.
Lal Bahadur Shastri is a well-known political figure who brought many unprecedented changes in Indian society during his leadership. These remarkable changes include education and the upliftment of women in India. This is the reason why Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanti has special significance in India.
Like Gandhi Jayanti, Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanti is also a public holiday and one of the important national holidays in India. On October 2, people visit his samadhi at Vijay Ghat, New Delhi, to pay homage to him by offering garlands and flowers.
The statues of Lal Bahadur Shastri across India are decorated with garlands, flowers, and candles.
The day is also celebrated enthusiastically in schools, colleges and government offices across India. On this day, various events are organised in the school, like special quiz competitions and other competitions, speeches and many more.
Also, some children dress up as Gandhi, and some dress up as Lal Bahadur Shastri. People are also seen screaming the famous slogan of Bahadur, “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan,” on this day.
Lal Bahadur Jayanti is annually celebrated on 2nd October to commemorate his birth anniversary. Lal Bahadur Shastri made various contributions to the betterment of Indian society. On this day, people visit Raj Ghat, where he was cremated.
Along with this, various programs are organised in schools and colleges. People pay tribute and still remember his contribution and achievement to India's independence.