Saturday, September 25, 2010

Children’s Day Festival

Children’s day is celebrated on 14th of November every year.

Children’s Day - Birthday of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

Children’s day, as the name implies is a very special day for children all over India. This day is the birthday of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. It is celebrated enthusiastically especially by the children on the 14th of November every year. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was extremely fond of children. These tiny tots lovingly used to call him Chacha Nehru. In the rest of the world Children’s Day is celebrated on the 20th of November with similar excitement.

Significance of Children’s Day

Children are of supreme importance to our lives. This world would not have been as beautiful without them. Children are the embodiment of the lively spirit and warmth of love, the innocence of soul and mind, the purity and charm. Children’s Day celebrates this supreme creation.

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Children’s Day is all the more important for countries where we find thousands of children deprived everyday from their childhood by engaging them in child labor, where society is infested with evils like child marriage and dowry system. Even today, the Indian society is patriarchal and a girl child is deprived of education and other joys of life, which a male child has an easy access to. The backward interior villages of India still witness female infanticide. Children’s Day is one such day, which fortifies our resolution to rid our country of these widely prevailing discrepancies.

Jawaharlal Nehru - India's first Prime Minister

Jawaharlal Nehru was a great statesman and a multi-faceted personality. He was the first Prime Minister of independent India. He was a bold patriotic and also did a lot for the underprivileged. He is a constant inspiration to the young generation. Keeping the magnanimous personality as an ideal for the upcoming generation, on this day we pledge to ourselves that we would take good care of children and train them to be beautiful human beings when they grow up.

Children’s Day Celebrations

The most ardent celebrations can be seen in the schools, where special programs are arranged for children. There is a tradition in some schools for the teachers to perform lovingly as a tribute to the students. Special treats are arranged and attractive gifts are handed over to the children. Rarely, in schools do we find children studying on this day. It is a day of fun and games. Competitive races, magic shows, fancy dress competitions, musical chair, tug-of-war and various other innovative events are prepared for the children.

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