Children’s Day is celebrated with enthusiasm in India every year. It is celebrated on 14th November on the birthday of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. He was the first prime minister of the free India. Pt. Nehru was popular amongst children who fondly called him Chacha Nehru. It was due to Jawaharlal Nehru affection for children that made India to celebrate ‘14 November’ as Children’s day. On his birthday, various events are organized in schools and colleges every year. Let’s know how India is celebrating his birthday this year.
Celebration of Children’s Day
Although it was planned by Delhi government to organize various cultural programmes for children but due to the critical situation of pollution in the capital, celebrations will not be held.
In order to give the nostalgic feel from 80s and 90s, Uber has planned to offer rides in cars like Maruti Suzuki 800, Hindustan Ambassador, Contessa and the Premier Padmini for a limited time – between 1-3 pm on November 14, 2017. It is available only in Mumbai and Pune as per news reports.
In fact, the NSE has decided to get children on board for the ‘KidsTakeOverNSE’ event in Mumbai. The event is being organised as part of UNICEF’s initiative for celebrating the Children’s Day.
Facts about Children’s Day
It is known to very less people that earlier India used to celebrate Children’s Day on 20 November prior to 1964. It was also observed as the universal Children’s Day by the United Nations.
It was after Jawaharlal Nehru’s death in 1964, Children’s day begin to be celebrated on his birthday due to his love and affection towards children. Pt. Nehru’s birthday is also known as Bal Diwas in the country.
Role of Nehru for education of India
Born on November 14, 1889, Jawaharlal Nehru had a significant role in development of education in India. He oversaw the establishment of some of the most prominent educational institutions in India like All India Institute of Medical Sciences and the Indian Institutes of Technology.