What is the main purpose of celebrating Children's day?The event of children's day is celebrated all over the world specially to honor children. It is a day for children, when childhood is celebrated. This event even came into existence with the sole purpose of promoting understanding and communal exchange among children across the globe. As recommended by the United Nations, the Universal children's day is celebrated on 20th November of every year. Different countries celebrate the day on different dates though.
When is this event celebrated in India?The country of India has been celebrating children's day on 14th of November every year, on the occasion of the birthday of the nation’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
Why the birth date of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was chose to honor Children?It is said that there are 2 reasons behind choosing the date of 14th November, the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, as the special day to honor Indian children. Those reasons are as follows:
- To honor Nehru’s immense love for children: Pandit Nehru was so much in love with children that just after he became India’s Prime Minister, he started working for their welfare. Nehru’s keen interest and passion for the work related to the welfare, development and education of the Indian children made him quite popular among the children of the country. The little admirers of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru used to call him "Chacha Nehru", which means “Uncle Nehru”. For him, children are the real social foundation as well as future strength of a nation. He used to compare children with buds of flower in a garden, who need to be nurtured properly with love and care. He was so much fond of children that he used to spend his leisure time by playing and singing with children as well as by telling them stories.
- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru himself being a special child: Jawaharlal Nehru is considered to be a special child of India for becoming the first Prime Minister of the independent country after his long freedom struggle.
Since when is this date celebrated as Children's day in India?Indians marked this date as the special day for children post Jawaharlal Nehru’s death in the year 1963.
Why is this date celebrated as a special event in India?In the country of India, this event is not observed just to celebrate childhood or to let the children put forward their problems and requirements but even to commemorate one of the great leaders of India. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was one of those leaders, who were determined to transform this nascent nation to a global power by his quiet way.
Apart from that, Jawaharlal Nehru, our first Prime Minister used to believe and made us believe that a child is an adult in making, upon whom the future of the country is dependent. In addition to this, the innocent smiles and angelic eyes of a child can win over any heart. Loved by everyone, children are just the most precious gift of God.
How is children's day celebrated in India?This special event of the Republic of India is celebrated in different parts of the country with great enthusiasm and enjoyment. The day is mostly celebrated in schools all over the country owing to the fact that schools are one of the places dedicated to children. Entertainment of children starts with a non-uniform day in school, when the teachers perform for students. It is quite entertaining to see their teachers on stage in a completely different role. Teachers usually perform dances and dramas, sings songs, recite verses and do many more educational as well as cultural activities. However, in some schools, these events are even managed by the students. This day, marked with varied events, reminds us of the dream of our beloved “Chacha Nehru”.
Besides this, many cultural institutions and social organizations conduct different competitions like drawing competition, singing competition, dance competition, recitation competition, drama competition and fancy dress competition etc. for the fun of children. Nowadays, in order to engage children in frolic activities on this special day, some of the corporate houses even organize such competitions like elocutions, debates, storytelling, quiz, field events and many more. Through all these activities, we honor children of the nation as well as remember Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
The present advanced electronic media of the country even air special programs for Indian children on television as well as radio. They celebrate this special festival of India by telecasting different movies for children on television.
The day is quite prominently celebrated by the N. G. O’s (Non-Governmental Organizations), especially those who deal with the deprived children of the country. This occasion takes the form of a great festival through these varied programs organized by the different organizations. India’s children's day is marked with immense splendor and shows. This yearly event opens our eyes regarding the educational necessities as well as welfare of our children. Thus, in a way, the day has got a huge contribution to the society at large.
Since, this day is even meant to provide children with their basic Rights, some of the organizations, especially the N. G. O’s offer basic clothes and food to the unprivileged and downtrodden children of the society, who do not get a change to enjoy the cultural programs conducted in different schools and institutions.
Some people even celebrate the day by making their child teach some basic education to the deprived children and then arrange a party for them. This kind of celebration is even much more appreciated since, it brings smile to the face of those children who are deprived of most fun of childhood. At the same time, this even adds value to that child’s thought process who is teaching other unprivileged children. In the long run, this helps that child to be a responsible citizen as well as a good human being. The day is even celebrated by many people by donating clothes, books, toys and stationeries to poor children of the society.
Last Updated on 10/21/2011