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February 3, 2017: A Sad Day, 69th Anniversary Of Mahatma Gandhi’s Funeral.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. “Raj Ghat” in New Delhi: The memorial in – Memorial marking the cremation spot of Mahatma Gandhi


I only discovered a few years ago, quite accidentally, that February 3, 1948 had been the day of Mahatma Gandhi’s Funeral.

The following day, February 4, 1948 was Independence Day for Ceylon. I was looking for newspaper clippings from February 4, 1948 when I came across a picture of the funeral pyre from February 3.

I was quite taken aback.

His funeral pyre hardly had time to cool before Ceylon was celebrating its Independence. How ironic. We got our Independence on his back. India’s and Ceylon’s independence, 6 months apart, was essentially a joint deal, though it is never portrayed as such.

So, now, ahead of Independence Day I make a point of observing the anniversary of the GREAT MAN’s funeral.


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by Anura Guruge


‘Guy Fawkes Night’, November 5, Is Next Week; Used To Be Celebrated As ‘Pope Day’ In The U.S., Especially Boston.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Nov. 5, Guy Fawkes night.

>> Guy Fawkes night.

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Click for original from ‘Time Out’.


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Click to access original from ‘World Festivals’.


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Guy (Guido) Fawkes was a Catholic and his plot was to bring back Catholicity to England. Wikipedia entry is good: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Fawkes_Night


Another British holiday I miss. Maybe I should talk with my new friend, British Gordon Preston about doing a ‘Guy Fawkes Night’ bonfire at his farm.

November 5th was celebrated in the U.S., pre-Independence, as ‘Pope Day’. But it was done, given that Guy was Catholic, as a vehemently anti-Catholic event — especially in then increasingly Catholic Boston. Well that won’t fly — that easily — anymore, especially not in Boston, the capital of Ireland.

Just a heads up. Check my two links at the top. I have written about this at length.