International Day of Non-Violence

When is International Day of Non-Violence observed? The United Nations has declared October 2nd, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, to be the International Day of Non-Violence.

 Mahatma Gandhi was the leader of the Independence Movement in India, and a great visionary who believed that non-violence was the only way to achieve not only freedom from British rule, but also to lead honest lives, to establish a just and caring society, and to achieve social and political change.

 His philosophy caught the imagination of the world and inspired many civil rights movements. Today, the world observes this day in his honour and seeks to uphold his legacy through public awareness programmes.