The Delhi government on Tuesday evening informed that all schools in the national capital will remain closed on 16 February on account of Guru Ravidas’ birthday.
The official statement issued by the Delhi government reads, “The Lieutenant Governor of the national capital territory of Delhi is pleased to declare Wednesday, 16 February 2022 as a holiday in all government offices under the government of the national capital territory of Delhi on account of Sant guru Ravidas birthday.” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also informed about the same through his official Twitter account.
Sant Ravidas was a medieval period poet, reformer and considered one of the members of Bhakti movement. He spread the message against social division based on caste through his verses and teachings.
The birth anniversary of Sant Ravidas, the great social reformer and Dalit icon and philosopher-poet of the 15th century, will be celebrated across the country on Wednesday. Wednesday will also be a public holiday in Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana.
His father Santokh Das was a shoemaker and his mother Kalsa Devi was a housewife. According to the Hindu calendar, saint Ravidas was born on the full moon date of Magha month.
(With inputs from ANI)