Monday, January 31, 2011

"Gandhi-warming" Commemorates Non-violent Indian Leader

Yesterday was a mild and lovely winter day here in DC. It was also the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's death. The Indian independence leader was shot dead on January 30, 1948. He is widely regarded as a transcendent ambassador of political change through non-violent civil disobedience.

The gandhiwarmer group formed last year in order to recognize his compassionate and tireless work by adorning a statue of Gandhi in Union Square, New York City. In addition to hats and scarves for the statue, volunteers also knitted additional hats, gloves, scarves and more for those in need. The NY event was a success and gandhiwarmer decided to have the celebration again, this time enhancing a different statue, here in DC; near the Embassy of India in Dupont. 

It was a very lovely gathering with quiet music and a heap of extra knitted wares left at the base of the statue. The scarf and hat were removed from the statue by the organizers before everyone left, but the candles, flowers and string of small yarn poms remained. Very classy. Fitting small tribute to a great human being.