30 January is the date observed in the national level. The date was chosen as it marks the assassination of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi Ji in 1948, by Nathuram Godse. On Martyr’s Day the president, the vice president, the prime minister, the defence minister, and the three Service Chiefs gather at the samadhi at Raj Ghat memorial and lay wreaths decorated with multi-colour flowers. The armed forces personnel blow bugles sounding the Last Post. The inter-services contingent reverse arms as a mark of respect. A two-minute silence in memory of Indian martyrs is observed throughout the country at 11 am. Participants hold all-religion prayers and sing tributes.
Martyrs day in India is celebrated to pay homage to the victims who fought for the freedom, welfare and progress of the India and sacrificed their lives. It is celebrated every year all over the country on 30th of January. India is the country among other 15 countries of the world where Martyrs Day is celebrated every year to pay homage to the freedom fighters.
Mahatma Gandhi was a Baniya (Merchant Cast) by birth but he always considered his religion humanity. For him, war was the blunt weapon and he followed non-violence, the sharpest weapon for getting the freedom.
Martyrs Day (Sarvodaya Day or Shaheed Diwas) in India 2019 will be celebrated on 23rd of March, Saturday. It was also celebrated on 30th January on the martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi.
Martyrs Day – 30th January
The nation paid homage to all the martyrs and freedom fighters of our country who sacrificed their lives for the nation. President Sri Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 71st martyrdom. Prime Minister also urged people to observe two minutes of silence on Shaheed Diwas in his monthly radio address program ‘Mann Ki Baat’. He also dedicated Salt Satyagrah Memorial in Gujarat to the nation on the occasion.
In Guwahati, two minutes of silence were observed by the District and Sub-Divisional Administrators to pay tribute and commemorate the sacrifices of our martyrs. In Tiruvanantpuram, members of various political parties paid floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and organized an all-religion prayer meet on the occasion.