Wish you all a Happy Children’s Day! It’s that time of the year again, a time to be pampered and reap the benefits of being a child. So if you are wondering what the story behind the celebration of Children’s Day in India is? Keep reading to learn all about it.
History Of Children’s Day
- Children’s Day is celebrated every year on 14th November which is the birthday of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
- Jawaharlal Nehru was fondly called ‘Chacha Nehru’ by the children.
- Nehru contributed towards the welfare of children as they are the future of our nation.
- This day is dedicated to raising awareness about the rights and education of children. With proper access to education, he believed children could get a chance to a better life.
- Nehru has worked relentlessly for the education, welfare and progress of children.
- From 1959 to 1964, Children’s Day was celebrated on 20th November. This day was declared as Children’s Day by the United Nations (UN).
- In 1964 after the death of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Children’s Day celebration was amended from 20th November to 14th November in India.
- However, International Children’s Day continues to be celebrated on 20th November.
- The future of the nation depends entirely on the children. Hence, every country takes appropriate steps to invest heavily in children.
- One of the best ways to grow is to learn from the past and have a vision for the future. And this is precisely where India is headed.
“Children are like buds in a garden and should be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow.”
Jawaharlal Nehru Biography And History
- Jawaharlal Nehru was born on 14th November 1889.
- As a child, Nehru was homeschooled in India and then went onto pursue further studies at the Harrow School, London and Trinity College, Cambridge.
- In 1936, Jawaharlal Nehru wrote an autobiography ‘Toward Freedom’ while he was in prison from June 1934 to February 1935. This was before he was elected as prime minister.
- Nehru helped India achieve independence from the British.
On the 131st Birth Anniversary of Nehru, let’s celebrate Children’s Day with meaning. The theme for World Children’s Day is ‘A day to reimagine a better future for every child.’
Keeping this theme in mind, here are some community activities to help children make the world a better place:
- Be A Buddy – School work which can be easy for some can be difficult for others. If you understand a concept well, take charge and offer your services. Speak to the teacher or your parent or reach out to your friend who is struggling in studies. You know what they say, “When you want to learn something for life, you should teach it to someone.”
- Volunteer At A Orphanage – You will need adult supervision and support when you engage in this activity. Form a group of students and get the adults involved. The children at orphanages do not have access to the education you receive. They live a completely different lifestyle than you do. You can take this opportunity to share your knowledge, toys and playtime with them. This eventually will become a habit and strengthens your character. Remember, you are one decision away from making a difference.
- Pet Rescue And Care – Stray animals, are often put to sleep. Team up with NGOs and start a program to keep stray pets off the street and in a safe and healthy environment. Many pet enthusiasts are waiting to adopt animals. Create an ‘Adopt A Pet’ program and spread awareness about how adopting strays can benefit the animal and people. Did you know that stray dogs have stronger immunity and are more comfortable in the presence of other dogs?
- Donate Clothes – Winter has begun, and there are plenty of homeless people on the street who will struggle to make it through the cold weather. Organise a drive to collect used and clean clothes and blankets in your society. Seek support from adults to help you with this initiative. Once you’ve collected all these things, you can visit a religious place, and you can donate the clothes and blankets to the homeless people surrounding the area.
- Share Warm Meals – Think about the number of meals you have in a day. Do you think a person on the street has access to healthy meals? You can take initiatives where you collaborate with your community and arrange home-cooked meals that can be shared every Sunday, or each society can pick a day of the week and arrange a healthy meal a day for 20 people. Imagine if everyone starts putting wholesome meals for 20 people every day, no one will sleep on an empty stomach anymore.
Remember, you have immense strength and determination, and you can make this world a better place to live. This Children’s Day realise your potential.