Updated: Nov 30, 2021
Children’s Day is celebrated worldwide on the 20th of November every year, however it originated and was started after the death of India’s first Prime Minister and is instead celebrated on the 14th of November every year in India. It is especially recognised in India to help increase awareness of the care, rights and education of children. It’s also a day to hold tribute to the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru who is also known as Chacha Nehru among children as he advocated for all children to have a fulfilling education.
Nehru considered children as a huge strength to a nation and one of the core foundations of a society. It's a common occurrence for the country to celebrate Children’s Day with educational and motivational programs being held across India for children. The day emphasises the importance of giving love, attention and affection to children.
Nehru, under the guidance of Gandhi, turned out to be a leader of India’s struggle for independence in 1947. He formed the foundation of independent India as sovereign, socialist, secular and a democratic republic. Nehru is credited as the architect of modern India. After the death of Nehru in 1964, his birth anniversary took the official date of Children’s Day due to his love and support for the children of his country.
You can spend this special day by researching and learning about India’s first Prime Minister and the reason behind the celebration of Children’s Day. A once famous quote by the man goes, “Children are like buds in a garden and should be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow.”
You can also plan some events and activities for your family if you cannot find any in your local area. You can maybe involve your local community and organise activities for children of all ages too. This is one of the many ways you can celebrate your children, friends or your local community.
Or perhaps dressing up will interest you. You along with your children can take the opportunity to dress up like pirates and explore on a treasure hunt. You can even dress up like Nehru himself, bearing in mind you are respectful about it, and spend time with children of your society or visit an orphanage to help the children out there.
Now, to mark Children’s Day, schools organize fun and motivational functions. Many prepare a Children’s Day speech. In many schools, children are asked to ditch school uniforms and wear party clothes. It’s a joyous occasion for all children, parents and teachers.
Spend this precious day giving appreciation and affection to young children you deeply care for.