October 2, 2019, On the occasion of 150 birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, landmarks across the globe also paid tribute to the ‘Father of the Nation’ who is considered an icon around the world. Burj Khalifa in Dubai on October 02 lit up in Indian colors with an image of ‘Bapu’ appearing on the walls of the world’s tallest building. The massive celebration took place on the occasion of the 150 birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi globally.
In Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah, Consul General Noor Rahman Sheikh led the celebrations by paying tribute to the Mahatma Gandhi. Padmashree Nouf Marwaai, the first female yoga practitioner of Saudi Arabia was also present during the occasion.
The official Twitter handle of Burj Khalifa posted a one-minute video with a tune of ‘Vaishnava Jana To’ – Gandhi’s favorite bhajan – playing in the background.
بطريقة لطيفة ، يمكنك هز العالم-غاندي. نضيء #برج_خليفة إحياءًا لذكرى المهاتما غاندي في ذكرى ميلاده المائة والخمسين— Burj Khalifa (@BurjKhalifa) October 2, 2019
In a gentle way, you can shake the world.- Gandhi. #BurjKhalifa lighting up in memory of Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary pic.twitter.com/JJFRiXv9pH
The video started with lights creating India’s national flag. The tricolor then changed into an image of smiling Gandhi. The video ends with Bapu’s image flashed within the Indian flag.
Not many know this but October 2 is also celebrated across the world as ‘International Day of Non-violence’. At the United Nations headquarters, an event took place on “climate action: Gandhian way”.
France and Sri Lanka, released commemorative postage stamps and organized events to mark the day. Events were also organized in Dubai, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Myanmar, Switzerland, and other countries.
The Indian Embassy in Kabul organized a “Swachhta Hi Seva” campaign. Ambassador Vinay Kumar & Embassy Officials did Shramdaan to promote Gandhiji’s idea of cleanliness and environmental protection. Afghan Post in collaboration with the Indian Embassy issued a commemorative stamp. Afghan Minister for Communication and Information Technology Fahim Hashimy and Ambassador Kumar jointly unveiled the stamp in the Embassy.