Martyr’s Day of India (30th of January)
About Martyr’s Day of India
India is among 15 other countries in the world where Martyr’s Day is celebrated, to pay homage to all the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the love of their own country.
In India, Martyr’s Day is celebrated at a national level on the 30th of January every year. This particular day was specifically chosen by the government of India to celebrate Martyr’s Day because on this very date, the assassination of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi or M.K. Gandhi) took place.
Gandhi is also known as the father of the nation of India and is remembered for his endless contribution and fight for India’s freedom. In India, Martyr’s Day in its official language Hindi is known as ‘’Shahid Divas.’’
To pay tribute to all the martyrs on this day, the Prime Minister of India, the Indian President, and vice-President along with the Defense Minister and the three Service Chiefs together gather Raj Ghat Memorial Samadhi and lay down wreaths that are beautifully decorated with multi-color flowers, to offer tribute to the martyrs.
A two-minute silence is observed at 11 a.m. all across the country followed by tributary songs being played and prayers in all religions offered for the peace of the souls of all martyrs and also recall their contribution to the country.