Ambedkar Jayanti, also referred to as Bhim Jayanti, is an Indian public holiday marked to celebrate the life of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.
It is celebrated on the 14th of April each year, a date which is significant because it is also Dr. Ambedkar’s birthday.
Ambedkar Jayanti inspired the movement that is known as ‘Dalit Buddhism‘, which countered oppression against the Dalit caste.
How is this day celebrated? The holiday is celebrated in the following ways:
- Public holiday: This is a designated public holiday.
- Paying homage: This day usually involves senior public figures paying homage to the statue of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.
- Having parades: Many Indian cities have parades that feature various performers.
- Painting and General quiz competitions: Young people take part in painting events and general quiz competitions.
- Health: Free health check-up camps are set up at various places.
Importance: This festival is important because it celebrates the intellectual achievements of a great thinker and also marks the importance of the Dalits’ struggle against oppression. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar believed in social equality and justice and fought against social discrimination.