Lala Lajpat Rai Birth Anniversary: Punjab Declared A Public Holiday

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New Delhi: 150th birth anniversary of freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai is being celebrated today. In Punjab, state level function will be held at village Dhudi Ke, the birth place of Lala Lajpat Rai in Moga district. The Punjab Government has declared a public holiday today on account of his birth anniversary. He was also known as ‘Punjab’s Kesari’.

Educational institutions and offices and other  such organisations will remain closed on January 28 to mark Rai’s anniversary. Rai was among one the prominent figures of Indian Independence struggle. Rai was in born in 1865 in a village in Punjab province which is a now a part of Pakistan. He was a part of the popular ‘Lal Bal Pal’ trio. He died in Lahore, a few weeks after serious injuries during a non-violent protest against the Simon Commission in 1928. His death anniversary is celebrated on November 17 which is one of several days celebrated as Martyrs’ Day in India.