“Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for those only gave life, those the art of living well” - Aristotle
Teachers have been an integral part of an individual’s life since ages of the Gurukul. Teachers play an important and constructive role in developing and nurturing a child.
Earlier and even today, teachers are called as Guru’s. Teacher’s day is celebrated with respect and gratitude to the teachers for their hard work and devotion in educating a child.
September 5th is celebrated as the Teacher’s day in India. This is a dedication to Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan who advocated the importance of education and who himself was a great teacher. Radhakrishnan was also the 2nd President and the first Vice President of the nation. He was born on the September 5th, 1888 at Tiruttani in Chennai.
It was the thought of Radhakrishnan to his students to celebrate his birthday as a tribute and respect to the teachers all across the country. Teacher’s day is celebrated since 1962.
On the occasion, students all across the country dress up as teachers and conduct lectures assigned to them. Generally it is the seniors who teach the juniors in schools and colleges.
Moreover, in some schools, teachers take the positions of the students to revive their memories of school days. Students give flowers like roses, greetings and other gifts to their teachers as a mark of respect. Various dance shows, singing programmes and other cultural activities are conducted by students as reverence to their teachers. It is a platform to conduct hale and hearty interactions amongst the students and their teachers. Students acting as teachers, get to know the real endeavor their teachers put in making them a civilized and educated. It is a day when teachers are appreciated whole heartedly.
Radhakrishnan was a great writer of his times. His writings involved subjects like education, ethics, theology, philosophy and many more.
This day is also celebrated as a motivation and inspiration to the teachers for the immense selfless effort they put in molding a child to become a successful citizen of the nation.