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The International Day of Non-Violence

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The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. This day is referred to in India as Gandhi Jayanti.

It is annually held on 2 October coinciding with the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, revered throughout the world for his wisdom, fight for freedom and his deep spiritual understanding.

On 15 June 2007 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish 2 October as the International Day of Non-Violence. The resolution by the General Assembly asks all members of the UN system to commemorate 2 October in “an appropriate manner and disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”.