Children’s Day 2019
Children’s Day 2019 was celebrated on Wednesday, 14th November 2019. The day commemorates the birth anniversary of Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru and his affection for the children. This year, it was the 65th Children’s Day celebration in India. Throughout his political career Pundit, Nehru had been an ardent advocate for children’s rights and privileges.
When was First Children’s Day Celebrated
The first Children’s Day in India was celebrated on 14th November 1964.
What is Special on Children’s Day 2019
Children’s Day is an annual celebration dedicated to the children, mainly celebrated in schools and other educational institutions. Several programs for the children were organized by the teachers and institutes’ management, in which the children themselves participated. School premises were decorated with balloons of different colors and the stage was set for various performances to entertain the children and make them happy. Sweets and chocolates were also distributed among the children.
World’s most popular search engine Google had released a doodle depicting an area with trees, streams, hills, and greenery. An area with a bicycle was also depicted where the children could play.
The social media was abuzz with tributes to the first Prime Minister of India on his birthday and also congratulating the children on children’s day. Politicians reaffirmed their resolve to leave no child behind and to provide essential health, growth and educational opportunities to each one of them.
Since 1959, the World Children’s Day was celebrated on 20th November every year marking the UN adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, 1959.
After the death of Jawaharlal Nehru in May 1964, it was decided unanimously to celebrate the Children’s Day on 14th November in India every year commemorating the birthday of Jawaharlal Nehru, who was very much fond of children. Ever since that day the Children’s Day is celebrated on 14th November every year.
Children’s day (also known as Bal Divas) in India is celebrated every year on the 14th of November to increase the awareness of people towards the rights, care, and education of children. Children are the key to the success and development of the country as they would lead their country in a different and new technological way. They are adorable and shine the same like the precious pearls. Children are the God gifts to their parents by the almighty. They are innocent, admirable, pure and loved by everyone.
The 14th of November (birthday of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru) has been set to celebrate as children’s day all over India. The 14th of November is the birth date of the first Indian prime minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. He became the prime minister of India just after the independence of India. Children’s Day is celebrated every year to let the people especially parents aware of the importance of celebrating this day.
Why Children’s Day is Celebrated
The birthday of Chacha Nehru, a great Indian leader, is celebrated as Children’s Day. He worked great for the well being of children as well as youngsters after the independence of India. He worked so much for the education, progress, and welfare of the children of India. He was very affectionate towards children and became famous as Chacha Nehru among them. For the progress and development of the youth of India, he had established various educational institutions such as Indian Institutes of Technology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Indian Institutes of Management.
He made a five-year plan which includes free primary education, free meals including milk to the school children in order to prevent children from malnutrition in India. The deep love and fervor of Chacha Nehru towards the children is the big reason for celebrating the Children’s Day on his birthday anniversary.
Childhood is the great moment in the life of everybody which should be necessarily given the right track to becoming successful in the future as an asset of the country. Without the right track, they may miss living a good life. This can be done only by giving the right education, care and way to progress.
About Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was a great leader of India and led India as the first prime minister of India just after getting independence in 1947. He was born on the 14th of November in the year 1889 to the renowned lawyer, Mr. Motilal Nehru, and Swaroop Rani in the Allahabad. Because of being very brilliant he was named Jawaharlal. He got his later education from England and after returning to India he started helping Indians and struggle for independence of India. After the independence of India he became the first prime minister of India. He was also a great poet; some of his famous writings are ‘Glimpses of World History’, ‘Discovery of India’ and etc.
He was really fond of children as well as roses that’s he said that children are like the buds of the garden. He said that children are the country’s actual strength as they would make developed society in the future.
Children’s Day Celebration
Children’s day is celebrated every year with lots of organized programs including cultural and fun activities all over India. Government and non-government organizations, schools, NGOs, private bodies and other conducts a variety of competitions as well as events for the children to let them known about their rights and make them happy and cheer. TV channels also demonstrate interesting programs for the children on the 14th of November.
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.
Children’s Day Celebration in 2018
The Children’s Day is celebrated with extreme zeal and zest every year in India and 2018 was no exception. The celebration started by paying tribute to Sri Jawaharlal Nehru, fondly known as Chacha Nehru. Members of all political parties paid their respect to Nehru at his memorial at Shanti Van, New Delhi.
The great personality was also remembered and revered by every citizen especially by the young children. Schools and colleges organized many cultural events and commemorated one of the greatest architects of modern India. The 130th birthday of Jawaharlal Nehru was celebrated with great enthusiasm and joy and children were showered with gifts and blessings by their parents and teachers.
Google celebrated the 2018 Children’s Day with a Doodle on ‘Space Exploration’ which was made by Pingla Rahul Morey who is the student of J.B. Vachha High School, Mumbai. She was the winner of the 2018 ‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition. There were showering of greetings across various social media platforms and people including many celebrities shared their childhood pictures to keep their childhood memories intact on this special day. Many NGOs celebrated the 2018 Children’s Day with the children of various orphanages and slum areas and distributed gifts, books and stationery.
How to Celebrate Children’s Day
- Children are distributed gifts and chocolates.
- Varieties of competitions are organized like 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.
- Orphan children can be entertained by distributing clothes, toys, musical instruments, stationery, books, and etc.
- Organizing some programs related to the freedom fighters.
- Organizing some game activities including puzzle, sweet and sugar treasure hunt and etc.
- Underprivileged children are entertained by organizing musical programs by famous musicians and speeches on health, care, and progress.
Importance of Children’s Day in India
Fredrick Douglass, an American social reformer, writer and statesman one said- ‘It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men’. A wise quote referring to the role children could play in laying the foundation of a strong nation; a thought also shared by a much respected Indian freedom fighter and the first Prime Minister of India- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
Pt. 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 instill 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 to building the nation.
This equation was very well understood and believed by Pt. Nehru; which was displayed in his affection towards children across cultural and linguistic barriers. Such was the mutual love and understanding between the children and Nehruji that he was fondly called as ‘Chacha Nehru’ by them.
Children’s Day celebrated on the birth anniversary of Pt. Nehru, is a tribute to him and his belief that ‘the foundation of a strong nation depends on the happy state of its children.’ The noble man is long gone but his thoughts live till today; reminded every year on Children’s Day.
The day reminds us of the importance of well being of our children for the nation as well as society. It also reminds us as responsible citizens of India; not to differentiate between children based on their, caste, religion, ethnicity or financial and social status. It reminds us to protect our children, nourish and nurture them; providing them education, opportunity to grow and good health.
The day also marks celebrations in the schools across India, when various amusement events are organized for the children. Gifts are distributed in schools and children are morally encouraged by speeches and prize distribution ceremonies.
Many social activists and non-government organizations organize events in the slum areas of big cities; a noble effort to improve the morale of underprivileged children dwelling there and also show them that they are equally cared for and loved for.