World celebrates Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary

One of the biggest political figures in India's struggle for independence in 1947, Mahatma Gandhi was the man behind the Satyagraha movement and the civil disobedience, based on non-violence. The entire world geared up to commemorate the occasion. Many countries have held a series of events to commemorate his 150th birth anniversary on Wednesday.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian National Congress President Sonia Gandhi joined the nation in paying rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi. Singapore marked the occasion with a solemn ceremony at the Clifford Pier, where on March 28, 1948, some of Gandhi’s ashes were scattered at sea. 

Several celebratory events will be marked across the world. Here are some glimpses:

Singapore

Singapore marked the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi with a solemn ceremony at the Clifford Pier, where on March 28, 1948, some of Gandhi’s ashes were scattered at sea. The Indian High Commissioner in Singapore Jawed Ashraf interacted with students from GIIS, SMART Campus on the occasion as well. 

Marking Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary at Clifford Pier. Photo courtesy: Indian High Commission in Singapore
Marking Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary at Clifford Pier. Photo courtesy: Indian High Commission in Singapore
H.E. Jawed Ashraf interacting with students on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. Photo courtesy: Indian High Commission in Singapore
H.E. Jawed Ashraf interacting with students on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. Photo courtesy: Indian High Commission in Singapore
H.E. Jawed Ashraf interacting with students on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. Photo courtesy: Indian High Commission in Singapore
H.E. Jawed Ashraf interacting with students on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. Photo courtesy: Indian High Commission in Singapore
Students commemorating Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary. Photo courtesy: Indian High Commission in Singapore
Students commemorating Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary. Photo courtesy: Indian High Commission in Singapore

India

A number of events were planned to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2, 2019 across the country. From padyatras to cleanliness drives, the celebrations transcended political, religious and communal boundaries.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Rajghat to mark the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's birthday. Photo courtesy: PIB
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Rajghat to mark the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's birthday. Photo courtesy: PIB
Indian National Congress president Sonia Gandhi paying tribute to MAhatma Gandhi at Rajghat. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@INCIndia
Indian National Congress president Sonia Gandhi paying tribute to MAhatma Gandhi at Rajghat. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@INCIndia
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi leading a padyatra of the Indian Youth Congress. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@IYC
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi leading a padyatra of the Indian Youth Congress. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@IYC
An all-religion prayer meet was organised at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad to mark #GandhiAt150. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@parthshastriTOI
An all-religion prayer meet was organised at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad to mark #GandhiAt150. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@parthshastriTOI

China

Consulate General of India, Guangzhou and Indian community sang Raghupati Raghav Arja Ram @cgiguangzhou
Consulate General of India, Guangzhou and Indian community sang Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram during the celebration. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@cgiguangzhou
event, which was attended  by Indian community members, also included the singing of Bhajans and a children's quiz @EOIBeijing
The Embassy in Beijing organised an event which was attended by Indian community members and included the singing of Bhajans and a children's quiz. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@EOIBeijing

Middle East

Consul General of India to Dubai Vipul, organised 'Walk Run for Peace & Tolerance' to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at Zabeel Park in Dubai @khaleejtimes
Consul General of India to Dubai Vipul organised a 'Walk/Run for Peace & Tolerance' event to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at Zabeel Park in Dubai. Photo courtesy/@khaleejtimes
Embassy staff and members of the Indian community paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi in Abu Dhabi. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@IndEmbAbuDhabi
Embassy staff and members of the Indian community paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi in Abu Dhabi. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@IndEmbAbuDhabi
The formal release of a commemorative stamp of Mahatma Gandhi issued by the Government of Lebanon on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@IndiainLebanon
The formal release of a commemorative stamp of Mahatma Gandhi issued by the Government of Lebanon on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@IndiainLebanon
In honour of Mahatma Gandhi, Government of Palestine issued a commemorative stamp to mark the 150th Birth Anniversary of Father of the Nation @ROIRamallah
In honour of Mahatma Gandhi, the Government of Palestine issued a commemorative stamp to mark the 150th Birth Anniversary of Father of the Nation. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@ROIRamallah

United Kingdom

HC  @RuchiGhanashyam , along with Peers, MPs, Senior Deputy Speaker  @UKHouseofLords , Lord McFall, Baroness Blackstone paid tribute at the statue of #MahatmaGandhi at #parliamentsquare. The event was organised by Lord Meghnad Desai
HCI London Ruchi Ghanashyam, along with Peers, MPs, Senior Deputy Speaker Lord McFall paid tribute at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary at Parliament Square in London in an event organised by Lord Meghnad Desai. Photo courtesy: Twitter/HCI_London
HC  @RuchiGhanashyam , along with Peers, MPs, Senior Deputy Speaker  @UKHouseofLords , Lord McFall, Baroness Blackstone paid tribute at the statue of #MahatmaGandhi at #parliamentsquare. The event was organised by Lord Meghnad Desai
A celebration to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was organised by the Indian High Commission in London at the Victoria Hotel, where he stayed in 1888. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@HCI_London
A choir sang bhajans on OCtober 2 at India House in London. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@HCI_London
A choir sang bhajans on OCtober 2 at India House in London. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@HCI_London
Jitesh Gadhia @HCI_London
Lord Jitesh Gadhia at the commemorative session at India House. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@HCI_London

Europe

150 years of Celebrating the Mahatma @IndiaUNGeneva
A projection of '150 years of Celebrating the Mahatma' was on display at UN Headquarters in Geneva. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@IndiaUNGeneva
Floral tributes at the newly unveiled bust of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Square in Villenevue on his 150th Birth Anniversary @IndiainSwiss
Floral tributes at the newly unveiled bust of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Square in Villenevue on his 150th Birth Anniversary. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@IndiainSwiss
Indians in Croatia come together to celebrate Gandhi at 150. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@DeeptaNagpal
Indians in Croatia come together to celebrate Gandhi at 150. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@DeeptaNagpal
#Czech PM Andrej Babis and the Indian Ambassador plant 150 trees to celebrate Bapu@150
Czech PM Andrej Babis (left) and the Indian Ambassador plant 150 trees to celebrate Bapu@150. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@IndiaCzech

South Africa

Inter faith prayer meetings were organised today in different cities of SA @hci_pretoria
Inter faith prayer meetings were organised on Gandhi Jayanti in different cities of South Africa. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@hci_pretoria
celebrations in Durban 2 @CGIDurban
Celebrations to mark Gandhi's 150th birthday were held at the consulate in Durban. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@CGIDurban
High Commissioner Jaideep Sarkar paid homage to commemorative bust made in Sewagram. He planted trees as part of #Gandhi150 @hci_pretoria
High Commissioner of India to South Africa Jaideep Sarkar paid homage to a commemorative bust and planted trees as part of Gandhi@150. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@hci_pretoria

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