150th Birth Anniversary: Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrated In Yangon

7 October 2019
2019-10-07 11:08

Under the yearlong celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Embassy of India in Yangon organized a musical tribute and cultural performance on Sunday.

This is the continuation of celebration for the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi was born 2 October 1869 – the day is celebrated annually as a national holiday in India. Myanmar and India have a strong good relation since the time of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi visited Myanmar three times and he called for freedom, complete sovereignty and democratic society in Myanmar.

Ambassador, Embassy of India, H.E. Shri Saurabh Kumar said “We have a very good relationship Mahatma Gandhi as you know visited Myanmar third in 1929 was his last visited. He has a close relationship and friendly relationship with the leaders of Myanmar.” “we got our respective independence soon after each other. We got that August 10 of 1947. Myanmar got the independence January 1948.  I think that one of the main messages of the freedom of struggle was also to have complete sovereignty, have complete freedom, and to have a democratic society in our two countries.”

This event involved lamp lighting, release of a book translated into Myanmar language written by Mahatma Gandhi, cultural performances, a musical tribute by famous artists and a vegetarian festival. 

Pro-Rector (Retired), Hinthada University, Professor Khin Maung Cho said “Mahatma Gandhi sacrificed his life for his country’s independence. He advised Myanmar people to be honest and love the country. He is still a famous leader. I’m pleased to participate in these activities - I supervised the essay and poem competition. There’ll be an honorable activity on the 12th of October. Yangon Heritage Trust also has a plan to install blue plaque at the historic building Gandhi Hall.”

Chairman of the Peace Commission Dr. Tin Myo Win, Yangon Region Chief Minister, high ranking officials, Diplomatic corps, academics and Indian Diaspora attended this celebration. 

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