<red> November 11th, 2022 <red>
We have always celebrated Children's Day on November 14th to commemorate the birth anniversary of our former Prime Minister Pt Jawaharlal Nehru who was born in 1889 (British India) in Allahabad. This year marks his 133rd anniversary.
But here is a question we miss to ask–Why do we still celebrate his birth anniversary as Children’s Day in the 21st century?
Every child has a right to education, and every year, we celebrate this right on a national level on 14 November to remind everyone how important it is for today’s generation to learn and build crucial skills that can actually help them develop and not just grow.
On this day, teachers focus more on children's individual skills with the help of various activities, such as storytelling, creativity building, reading, speaking and much more. Additionally, schools implement and follow skill building initiatives on a regular basis.
Now let’s understand where this promising day started to be celebrated in India.
On November 5th, 1948, the first children’s day was celebrated as the “Flower Day” with the purpose of raising funds for the United Nations Appeal for Children (UNAC) through the sales of flower tokens.
But after the recommendation of V.M. Kulkarni (a Social Welfare Fellow), it had been decided that on 14 November every year, the day will be celebrated as Children's Day. For the first time in 1954, the Children’s Day was celebrated in National Stadium Delhi.
Since that day, we have been celebrating this day to remember Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru (also known as Chacha Nehru) as he was so affectionate to children. As a Prime Minister, he created an atmosphere where all the attention will focus on children and their welfare.
In an interview Ram Narayan Chaudhary asked why you are so fond of children to which he replied:
"I have always felt that the children of today will make the India of tomorrow, and the way we bring them up will determine the future of the country."
Everyone celebrates Children's Day in their own way. Some schools organise annual functions and assemblies, where students would dress up as Chacha Nehru, give roses to students and teachers, organise a small party, and much more.
With activities like these, students learn to:
When the students are motivated to perform in these amusing activities, they connect with each other socially, physically, emotionally and mentally, hence, developing in a holistic way. This eventually fulfils our motive to nurture and develop them in accordance with 21st century skills.
Learning is a lifelong process, so it can not be celebrated in one day. Although, celebrating in itself is a unique thing. We all have kids in ourselves, so we should never stop learning.