Ambedkar Jayanti

Ambedkar Jayanti is a public festival that commemorates the birthday of B. R. Ambedkar on April 14th. On this day, most government offices are closed across India, especially in Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka and West Bengal.

History

This holiday was started in 1990 to celebrate the life of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar was an economist, politician and philosopher who worked diligently against the caste system of India. He was born on April 14, 1891 into a poor family but worked very hard to pursue a college education. During the 1920s, Dr. Ambedkar organized a march that eventually helped those ostracized from the caste system achieve equal rights.

Observance And Customs

It is customary that the President and Prime Minister of India pay homage to the statue of Babasaheb Ambedkar on this day. It is also customary for government offices to be closed on this day as well.

Some people also choose to honor this holiday by attending lectures and conventions dedicated to finding solutions to the social ills of India. Other people merely choose to use Ambedkar Jayanti as a day of quiet reflection and mediation. Many people all across India keep a statue of him in their residences.

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