Every year on November 14, Children’s Day is celebrated across India as the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru.
To mark Children’s Day, schools organize fun and motivational functions and many prepare Children’s Day speech. In many schools, children are asked to ditch school uniform and wear party clothes on this day.
History of Children’s Day
The day is also known as Bal Diwas in India, the celebrations date back to 1956 when the day was observed as ‘Universal Children’s Day’ on November 20, keeping with the United Nations.
After Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s death in 1964, however, it was decided the celebrations be moved to commemorate his birth anniversary and his fondness for children. Since then, November 14 has been celebrated as Children’s Day in India.
Significance of Children’s Day
The first Prime Minister of independent India was fondly known and addressed as ‘Chacha Nehru‘. He was a strong advocate of children’s education and was also involved in the establishing of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) and the National Institutes of Technology (NIT). He always believed in the country’s young minds and emphasized on their welfare and growth.