Children’s Day in India is celebrated every year on November 14 as a tribute to the first Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru who was born on this day in 1889. Pandit Nehru was extremely affectionate towards children and considered them as the bright future of India. He was lovingly called “Chacha Nehru” by kids (Uncle Nehru) as he always emphasized on giving significant love and affection to children. The fundamental purpose of celebrating this day is to encourage the welfare of children all over the country.
About Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
Jawaharlal Nehru was a great leader who was born on November 14, 1889, to an eminent lawyer named Motilal Nehru. He was a brilliant child and was deeply loved by all. Nehru pursued his MA from Cambridge and returned to India to contribute to the freedom struggle. After India gained independence, he became the first Prime Minister of free India.
Nehru regarded children as the buds of a garden and always said children are the actual strength of the country.
Nehru was always keen on the development and education of children in the country. He pioneered the establishment of some of the most prominent educational institutes in India. It was he who initiated the establishment of prestigious institutes including All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). November 14 is celebrated as a tribute to him.
Importance of Children’s Day in India
The birthday of Jawaharlal Nehru is celebrated as Children’s Day to remind us of the importance of well being of children for the society as well as the nation. The day is a celebration of childhood and Nehru’s love for children. It reminds us of not differentiating between children based on their caste, religion, social status, financial status or ethnicity. The day every year reminds us to educate, protect, and nurture our children, provide them with an opportunity to grow. Children should always be nourished and kept in good health.
Children’s Day marks the celebrations at various places across India. On this day, many social activists organize events for slum dwellers and contribute to the improvement of the morale of underprivileged children living in slums.
Celebrations on Children’s Day
Children’s Day is celebrated in a grand way at schools. Children indulge in fun and frolic on this day. Schools organize cultural programs, debates, and musical performances. On this day, chocolates and gifts are distributed among children. Gifts like clothes, toys, and books are also distributed to unprivileged children. Many government offices, corporate institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) collect money and donate it to orphanages. Special programs are aired on television on this day. No matter children belong to a big city, small city or slum areas, they should be cared and loved for.