Children’s day in India is celebrated in dedication to the birth anniversary of India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Nehru was born on 14th November 1889. After his death on 27th May, 1964, the day was marked as a tribute to the great politician and visionary.
The day is a celebration of childhood and innocence of children. Nehru was fond of kids a lot. He has been seen with children in most of his pictures. Children too lovingly called Nehru as Chacha Nehru.
Nehru used to consider children as the bright future of India. He always emphasized on education and technologically exposure to the kids, which will further help in creating a successful nation. According to Nehru, children should be watchfully looked after as they are strength of the nation and a picture of India’s future.
Once a kid pinned a rose on the chest pocket of Nehru’s jacket. Rose was Nehru’s favorite flower. Since then Nehru is reported to wear a rose everyday in his chest pocket. The day is celebrated as a day of pampering the kids by giving them goodies, sweets and gifts. In some of the schools the day is celebrated by allowing the kids to wear casuals and by distributing sweets. Annual cultural programmes are held in most of the schools were the kids participating actively. In some schools, teachers organize dance shows and other competitions with the teachers performing especially for the kids. Television broadcasts Nehru movies and videos. Various channels telecast special movies or cartoons for kids. Public places like malls organize special events and game shows for the children.
Children’s day can be celebrated with a difference too. People can donate or gift underprivileged kids. Moreover as a mark of respect to Nehru’s words, people can also sponsor the education of the poor and underprivileged kids. Steps can be taken to keep a check on the abolition of child labor.
All across the world Children’s day was initially celebrated in the month of October 1953. The idea to celebrate such a day was suggested by Shri. V.K.Krishna Menon and was later adopted by UN general Assembly in 1954.
The Universal Children Day is however celebrated on November 20.