Some prominent dates on the Indian calendar include Republic Day on Jan. 26, Independence Day on Aug. 15, and Gandhi Jayanthi on Oct. 2. India is a multicultural country that marks several secular and religious holidays.
Republic Day celebrates the Constitution of India, which came into effect on Jan. 26, 1950. The largest Republic Day celebration takes place in New Delhi with the President of India. There are many parades across the country that celebrate the uniqueness of India.
Independence Day commemorates India's independence from the British Empire. India achieved independence through a movement that participated in civil disobedience and non-violent resistance. Each Independence Day, the Prime Minister of India raises a flag and gives a speech. People observe the day with ceremonies, parades and cultural events throughout the country. Indians also listen to patriotic songs, watch patriotic movies and display the national flag on their clothing.
Gandi Jayanti marks the birthday of Mohandas Gandhi, whom Indians unofficially revere as the "Father of the Nation." People mark the day through prayer services and tributes across the country. There are also essay and painting competitions that celebrate peace and non-violence. The United Nations also adopted a resolution that declared the day to be the "International Day of Non-Violence."