Happy Children's Day: History, Meaning and Celebration
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Children's Day of India on is coming and thus people around India must be preparing to celebrate the day for these little bundles of joy. But before that, let’s take go down the memory lane and recall why this day came to be known as Children’s Day.
|World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children's Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare - UN.|
History of India Children's Day November 14th
Every year, India marks November 14 as Children’s Day as a tribute to India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who was born on the day. He was fondly called ‘Chacha Nehru’ and ‘Chacha ji’ for his love for kids. His affection for children is well recognised and appreciated and thus the day is celebrated as Children’s Day.
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India started celebrating Children’s Day in 1959. Initially, it was celebrated on November 20 along with other countries. But after Nehru’s death in 1964, it was unanimously decided to celebrate his birthday as Children’s Day, as cited by Financial Express.
According to Vikaspedia, Pandit Nehru was fond of kids and used to meet them with affection. He was known for his affection for kids and had established ‘Children’s Film Society India’ in 1955 to create indigenous cinema exclusively for kids. It was because of his special affection towards children that people started calling him ‘Chacha Nehru’.
Meaning of India Children's Day November 14th
The day firstly emphasises on the importance of giving love, attention and affection to children, as cited by India Express. “The children of today will make the India of tomorrow. The way we bring them up will determine the future of the country,” said Nehru.
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Nehru strongly believed that the foundation of a strong nation depends on the way its children are cared for and nurtured. In order to build a strong nation, we must instil good values in our children providing them love and care; guiding them through thick and thin till they become confident and strong enough to contribute in building the nation. His vision for the development of youth played a major role in the setting up of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, or AIIMS, and the Indian Institutes of Technology, according to Medium.
And so this celebration of children is also a tribute to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, his love for kids, his contribution for the country and his belief that ‘the foundation of a strong nation depends on the happy state of its children.’
How is Children's Day celebrated in India?
|A lot of programs including cultural and fun activities are organised all over India. Government and non-government organisations, schools, NGOs, private bodies and other conduct a variety of competition for the children to let them known about their rights and make them happy and cheer.|
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Parents take part in this event very enthusiastically to make their children happy; they distribute gifts, greeting cards to their sons and daughters. They go on a picnic, long drive and enjoy the day with the party. TV channels also demonstrate interesting programs for the children on the 14th of November, as cited by Jagram Josh.
How is Children's Day celebrated with orphans and underprivileged children in India?
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Many Non-Governmental Organizations organise programs for the poor and deprived children. Children are distributed gifts and chocolates. Varieties of competitions are organised such as fancy dress, debates, speech related to the freedom fighters, country, storytelling, and quizzes. Cultural and social programs like singing, dancing and entertaining with other musical instruments are part of it. Children can be entertained by distributing clothes, toys, musical instruments, stationery, books, etc. Organising some game activities including puzzles, treasure hunt, etc. are of great amusement. Underprivileged children are entertained by organising musical programs by famous musicians and speeches on health, care, and progress.
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