India celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi today (02-Oct-2018). Follow his path of truth and wisdom, May the spirit of truth and non-violence be with us. On this day, let us know 10 interesting facts about Mahatma Gandhi you probably don’t know.
- October 2nd is declared as “International Day of Non-Violence by United Nations General Assembly
- The Time Magazine named Mahatma Gandhi as, the Man of the year in 1930
- Gandhiji was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize five times. But he did not receive it (The committee regrets not giving him the Nobel Peace Prize to this day as the award is never given posthumously – Source)
- The funeral procession of Mahatma Gandhi was 8 kilometers long. Over 2 million people joined the funeral procession of Gandhi!
- Great Britain, the country against whom he fought for independence, released a stamp honoring him, 21 years after his death.
- The title, “The Father of the Nation” for Gandhi is not an official title and has not been officially accorded by the government of India 🙁
- Gandhi took an early vow to avoid milk products, however, after his health began to decline, he relented and started drinking goat’s milk. He sometimes traveled with his goat to ensure that the milk was fresh and that he wasn’t given cow or buffalo milk.
- Through a prearranged marriage, Gandhi was wed at age 13; his wife was one year older.
- Mahatma Gandhi walked/traveled almost 18 kilometers a day throughout his lifetime which is enough to walk around the world twice over.
- There are 53 major roads (excluding the smaller ones) in India and 48 roads outside India that are named after him.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.”
Throughout his life, Mahatma Gandhi did things that were inspirational, things that nobody thought he could do and made sure that he lived up to this line said by him.