New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: People across the country on Friday observed Martyrs' Day, which is also known as 'Shaheed Divas' in Hindi, on the 73rd death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi, who is popularly known as 'Father of the Nation' in India, was assassinated by Nathuram Godse on this day in 1948. Thus to pay respect and honour those who lost their lives for India's independence, Martyrs' Day is observed every year across India.

Why is Martyrs' Day observed on January 30 every year?

Mahatma Gandhi is the most renowned name in the history of Indian independence. Gandhi, who is regarded as 'Father of the Nation', was assassinated by Nathuram Godse on this day in 1948. To pay respect to 'Bapu', Martyrs' Day is observed on January 30 every year.

Notably, Martyrs' Day is also observed in India on March 23 to pay respect to Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar, who were hanged death on this day in 1931.

Here's how India is planning to observe Martyrs' Day on January 30:

The central government has instructed states and union territories (UTs) to observe two minutes' silence at 11 am on January 30 to pay respect to those who lost their lives during the struggle for India's freedom.

"In the past, it has been observed that while two minutes' silence is observed in some offices, the general public goes about its occupation in the ordinary course, unmindful of the solemnity of the occasion. The State and Union territories governments are requested to ensure that the Martyrs' Day is observed with due solemnity," the Ministry of Home Affairs said in its order earlier.

Here's a look at some of the inspirational quotes by Mahatma Gandhi:

"If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. We need not wait to see what others do"

"A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave"

"An ounce of practice is worth a thousand words"

"A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes"

"Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes"

"If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children"

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma