Children’s Day every year is celebrated to promote child education, development and welfare. It is celebrated in favour of equal rights to the children in terms of education and privileges. Talking about universal Children’s Day, it is celebrated on 20th November as per recommendation by United Nations but different countries celebrate individually their Children’s Day on different dates to cherish childhood.
Indian Children’s Day
Children Day in India is celebrated on 14th Nov in loving memory of Independent India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Children’s Day is celebrated everywhere on birthday of Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru to show the immortal love he left behind for all the children. He was referred to as Chacha Nehru by children out of love. This day is celebrated as a tribute to India’s first Prime Minister and as a tribute of immense love he had for children. Jawaharlal Nehru compared children to buds of flower who need lot of care and nurture during their growing period. He was a keen learner and wished every child should have the same vision. He immensely loved children, cared for them and his affectionate nature made him one of the most beloved Prime Minister’s among children.
About Jawaharlal Nehru
It is no hidden fact that Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru was a scholar, brilliant and very kind hearted person. He was born on 14th November 1889 to Motilal Nehru and Swaroop Rani and was very observant since his childhood. He was highly qualified and obtained his degree from Cambridge after which he returned India to take part in Freedom Movement. He became a follower of Mahatma Gandhi and fought for Independent India. He became the first prime Minister of India and is still remembered for his infamous speech “Tryst with Destiny”. He blended his philosophical knowledge with scientific thinking and gave India many books. He has written many books like Discovery of India, Glimpses of World History and his compassionate nature is well reflected from his books.
Reason of Celebrating 14th Nov as Children’s Day
Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru had undying love for children which makes it a strong reason for celebrating Children’s Day on his birthday. Apart from that Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru as first prime minister of the country contributed a lot in children education and development. He worked for welfare of children and encouraged education by establishing many educational Institutes in India after freedom. Here are few reasons Children’s Day is celebrated on Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru marking his contribution towards children welfare.
- Under his prime ministerial years he established institutes like Indian Institute of Technology, All India Institute of Medical Studies and Indian Institute of Management for students to pursue quality higher education.
- He drafted a five year plan for education and development of under privileged children that included free primary education, free meals in the school and prevention of malnutrition by offering food to children.
- Equality between children and introduction of right to education despite caste, creed and gender. He believed that success and future of the nation lies in the hand of children and thus they should be nurtured and cared properly.
How is it Celebrated?
It is celebrated in all educational institutions and on a grand scale in schools. Especially in schools in memory of Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru cultural programs and fun activities are organised. There are various types of events and competitions like singing, drawing, painting, debate etc organised by schools and NGOs for students to participate and have fun. On occasion of Children’s Day there are programs even organised by TV channels. In many schools teachers organise functions for students and participate in the events to entertain the students. Every school or organisation has their own way of celebrating this beautiful occasion. There are events organised where students play the role of their beloved Chacha Nehru and many themes are based on the legendary man himself.
Things that can be done on Children’s Day
This day celebrated in memory of Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru is dedicated for children that make it important to make the children feel loved and cared. Apart from celebration of event or organising functions there are many ways by which Children Day can be celebrated.
- Organising a picnic for students by school or college on occasion of Children’s Day will help the children to enjoy the day.
- Organise freedom fighter based act or programs to know about Indian History and our first Prime Minister.
- Visiting underprivileged children and distributing them essentials like clothes, books can make a difference. It is also important to teach children importance of education and health.
- Distribute prizes and gifts among younger children to encourage them of their activities. There are many types of activities that can be organised like games, treasure hunt, informative competition, fancy dress etc for enjoying the day.
It is a special day for all the children and should be celebrated with pride. It signifies the power of children in changing the nation and focus on improving lives of children by providing them with equal education right and privileges.