Children’s Day in India : Birthday Celebration of Chacha Nehru

Children’s day was first celebrated worldwide in October, 1953, under the sponsorship of International Union for Child Welfare, Geneva. The idea of Universal Children’s Day was mooted by late Shri V.K. Krishna Menon and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954.

Universally, Children’s Day is celebrated on 20th November. However in India it is celebrated on 14th November, because the date marks the birth anniversary of our beloved first Prime Minister – Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru or as children called him fondly ‘Chacha Nehru’.

The birth of Chacha Nehru..

His great love for roses and children are well-known. He often compared the two, saying that children were like buds in a garden to be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future.

He was ‘beloved’ of children who christened him ‘Chacha Nehru’. As atribute to his great love for children, his birthday is celebrated all over India as ‘CHILDREN’S DAY’. A national holiday, it is celebrated in schools and colleges with functions catering to children.

Children's Day (Image courtesy - Indian Public Holiday)
Children’s Day (Image courtesy – Indian Public Holiday)

Apart from his formidable skills as a statesman, Nehru was also immensely fond of children. Children to Nehru were little adults in the making.

The story also goes that he started to wear a rose on his jacket after a child pinned one on it. The national children’s centre, Jawahar Bal Bhavan, is also named after him.

The significance of Children’s Day

Amidst all this pomp and celebration we should not lose sight of Chacha Nehru’s real message. Providing children with a safe and nurturing environment in which to flourish and develop to contribute to nation building. This day we renew our commitment to the welfare of children and teach them to live by Chacha Nehru’s example.

Schools have cultural programmes with students running teh show. Schools celebrate this day by organising cultural programmes.

Teachers of the school perform songs and dances for their students. Various competitions are organised. Television channels have got into the fray and air special programmes for kids.

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