Martyrs Day

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.

In India, there are several days declared as Martyrs’ Day (at national level also known as Sarvodaya day) it is named in the honour those who recognised as martyrs for the nation.

Martyrs Day (Sarvodaya Day or Shaheed Diwas) in India 2016 would be celebrated on 30th of January, at Saturday and 23rd of March, at Wednesday.

Martyrs day is celebrated on 30th of January every year as on the same day, Mahatma Gandhi (Bapu) was assassinated in the year 1948 before the sunset during the evening prayers. He was a great freedom fighter of the India and counted as the greatest amongst the lakhs and lakhs of martyrs. He did a very hard work throughout his life for the independence, welfare and development of the India. 30th of January is the martyr day of the Mahatma Gandhi which was declared by the Government of India as the Martyrs’ Day. Since then, 30th of January is celebrated as the Martyrs’ Day every year to pay tribute to the Mahatma Gandhi.

23rd of March is also declared as the martyrs day in India to remember the sacrifice and pay homage to the Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar. Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar were fought for India against the British rule for independence.

Bhagat Singh, a well-known freedom fighter in the history of India, was born on 28th of September in 1907 in the Lyallpur, Punjab in the Sikh family. His father was the member of an organization called Ghadar Party working for the independence of India. Bhagat Singh together with his companions Rajguru, Azad, Sukhdev and Jai Gopal fought for the assassination of Lala Lajpat Rai. The daring adventures of Bhagat Singh have become a great inspiration for the youngsters of today.

At this day, the President of India including the Vice President, the Prime Minister, the Defense Minister, and the service Chiefs get together at the Rajghat to the Samadhi of the Mahatma Gandhi to put down flowers garland to the statue of Bapu. An honorable salute is then given by the armed forces personnel and inter-services contingent to pay respect to the martyrs.

Then, the gathered people keep silence for 2 mins in the memory of the Bapu, Father of the Nation, and other martyrs throughout the country. At the same place, religious prayers and bhajans are sung by the loved ones.

Other Martyr Days in India

13th of July17th of November19th of November

13th of July is also celebrated as the martyrs day in India in the Jammu and Kashmir to memorize the death of 22 people. They were killed by the royal soldiers while demonstrating adjacent to the Maharaja Hari Singh of the Kashmir on 13th of July in the year 1931.

17th of November is celebrated as the martyrs day in the Odisha to observe the death anniversary of the Lala Lajpat Rai (also famous as the “Lion of Punjab”). He was a leader and freedom fighter during the independence of India from the British Raj.

19th of November (birthday of Rani Lakshmibai) is also celebrated as the martyrs day in the state of Jhansi. It is celebrated to pay honor to those who sacrificed their lives during the rebellion of the year 1857. Rani Lakshmibai was the leading figure of that rebellion.

The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.

क़दम क़दम बढ़ाये जा ख़ुशी के गीत गाये जा ये ज़िंदगी है क़ौम की तू क़ौम पे लुटाये जा

तू शेर-ए-हिन्द आगे बढ़ मरने से तू कभी न डर

उड़ा के दुश्मनों का सर जोश-ए-वतन बढ़ाये जा

क़दम क़दम बढ़ाये जा ख़ुशी के गीत गाये जा ये ज़िंदगी है क़ौम की तू क़ौम पे लुटाये जा

हिम्मत तेरी बढ़ती रहे ख़ुदा तेरी सुनता रहे

जो सामने तेरे खड़े तू ख़ाक़ में मिलाये जा

क़दम क़दम बढ़ाये जा ख़ुशी के गीत गाये जा ये ज़िंदगी है क़ौम की तू क़ौम पे लुटाये जा

चलो दिल्ली पुकार के क़ौमी-निशाँ संभाल के

लाल क़िले पे गाड़ के लहराये जा लहराये जा

क़दम क़दम बढ़ाये जा ख़ुशी के गीत गाये जा ये ज़िंदगी है क़ौम की तू क़ौम पे लुटाये जा

Keep stepping forward
Sing songs of happiness as you go
This life belongs to our motherland
Lay it down for her a hundredfold

You are the Tiger of India
Do not fear death
Blow away the enemy’s head
Raise the spirits of your comrades

Take all your steps forward
Sing songs of happiness as you go
Your life belongs to the motherland
Lay it down for her a hundredfold

Your courage is your strength
The Lord listens to you
As for he who stands in your way
Turn him into dust and stamp him into the ground

Take all your steps forward
Sing songs of happiness as you go
This life belongs to motherland
Lay it down for her a hundredfold

“For Delhi” you yell
Hold your banner high
Plant it on the Red Fort
And let it fly eternally

Take all your steps forward
Sing songs of happiness as you go
This life belongs to motherland
Lay it down for her a hundredfold

References:
Wikipedia
India Celebrating

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