Children’s Day, celebrated on November 14 in India, is a special occasion that honors the birthday of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of the country, affectionately known as ‘Chacha Nehru’ by children. Born on November 14, 1889, in Allahabad, India, Nehru believed in the importance of children’s rights and an education system that includes everyone.
He once said, ‘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.’ This reflects his deep appreciation for every child and their potential.
Children’s Day, also referred to as ‘Bal Diwas,’ serves to acknowledge and appreciate children as the future of the nation. The celebration traces back to Nehru’s birth anniversary, a day dedicated to honoring his contributions to children’s well-being and education.
Before 1964, Children’s Day in India was observed on November 20, coinciding with the global celebration of ‘World Children’s Day’ by the United Nations. However, following Nehru’s passing in 1964, the Indian Parliament declared November 14 as the official Children’s Day in the country, marking a shift to honor his legacy.
During Nehru’s leadership, significant educational institutions such as Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), and the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) were established. Nehru, often fondly called ‘Chacha Nehru,’ played a crucial role in shaping the educational landscape of India.
Children’s Day celebrations include showering children with love, gifts, and special attention. Schools nationwide organize events, offering gifts like eatables, books, and cards. Various activities such as games, debates, seminars, dance, music, essay writing, speeches, and painting competitions contribute to the festive atmosphere. It’s a day dedicated to nurturing virtues in the future leaders of the nation, emphasizing the importance of cherishing and fostering the potential within each child.