Here’s Why India Celebrates Children’s Day On November 14

All the children, chin up, smile, and embrace the day specially assigned to you! In our country, November 14 is observed as Children’s Day (also called Bal Diwas) and the day also celebrates the birth anniversary of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.here’s what you need to know about the history, importance, and significance of the day.

Know About Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Alias “Chacha Nehru”

On 14th November 1889, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was born. He was India’s first Prime Minister to lead the country for the longest time. He was an exemplary follower of harmony and prosperity. Pandit Nehru Jayanti is a festival for India. Not only is Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru known for his political career or for the country’s service, but he was also popular among children. His love of children was the same as his love of red roses. He has often emphasized children’s education and played an important role in founding colleges in the country that is now considered one of the best in the country.

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Why is Children’s Day Celebrated on 14 November in India?

Children’s Day is held every year to increase awareness of children’s rights, care, and education. Children are the cornerstone of the nation’s prosperity and development. Also, Jawaharlal Nehru likes kids and he always wanted to be in their midst. He did a lot of positive work for children and young people since India’s independence. His first priority was the welfare of children when he became Prime Minister.

Pandit Nehru worked very hard for the education, development, well-being, and welfare of India’s children and young people. He has founded a variety of educational institutions, such as Indian Institutes of Technology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, and Indian Institutes of Management. Free primary education, free meals, including milk, have been given to schoolchildren to avoid malnutrition in India.

According to Pandit Nehru, children are a promising future for the world. We can only give them a new life with the right schooling, care, and development. As a result, after the death of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (1964) to honor him, the date of his birthday in India—14 November — began to be celebrated as Children’s Day. Therefore, Chacha Nehru’s intense affection and passion for children is a great reason to celebrate Children’s Day on his birthday.

Here's Why India Celebrates Children's Day On November 14
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How Is Children’s Day Celebrated In India?

A lot of programs, including cultural and enjoyable activities, are being organized in India. A number of contests are organized by government and non-governmental agencies, schools, NGOs, private bodies, and others for children to let them know about their rights and make them happy and cheerful. Interesting shows for children on 14 November are also shown on TV channels.

Intentions Behind The Celebration Of Children’s Day In India

The country’s future is dependent on children. If they do not grow in a suitable way, the prosperity of the country will be ruined. People who ignore their kids will have a chance to reflect on it on this day. Society as a whole should care about its commitment and duty to children. It is important to examine what has been done previously and what will be done for children in the coming years.

Facts About Chacha Nehru to Teach Your Kids This Children’s Day

Every Indian kid is looking forward to a special day (apart from his birthday!) when he will be showered with love and wishes, with a lot of pomp and show, with presents and sweets! You guessed it correctly – it’s Children’s Day, which will be observed on the 14th of November, to honor the birthday of Jawaharlal Nehru, fondly known as ‘Chacha Nehru.’ On this day, in the middle of the festivities, take some time to teach your children these fascinating facts about Jawaharlal Nehru.

  • Jawaharlal Nehru was born to wealthy and well-known parents, Motilal Nehru and Swaruprani Thussu, on November 14, 1889, in Allahabad. He had two sisters, Vijaya Lakshmi and Krishna Hutheesing, who both grew up to become prominent figures; the former became the first female president of the United Nations General Assembly and the latter, a popular author.
  • Nehru grew up in the iconic Anand Bhavan, which his father bought for his family’s residence in 1930. In 1970, Jawaharlal Nehru’s daughter, Indira Gandhi, donated Anand Bhavan to the Indian government and is now established as a historic house museum.

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  • Nehru was very observant and attentive as a child. He was educated at home when he was a teenager, after which he began his studies abroad. He was well-read and well-versed in a wide variety of subjects, graduating with Distinctions in Natural Science, and then studying law in London. In 1912, he returned to India, practiced in Allahabad as a lawyer, and qualified to become a barrister.
  • He married Kamala Kaul in 1916. The next year, their daughter, Indira Gandhi, was born. She will grow up to become India’s first (and so far the only) female prime minister.
  • Right from his days as a student in Britain, Nehru developed an interest in Indian politics. His interest in studying law started to fade within a short period of his return to India; he was keener on engaging in political activities. He was influenced by the ideals of combat without non-violence of Mahatma Gandhi and was the first to propose the concept of total independence from the British.
  • As the first Prime Minister of independent India, Nehru’s very first address, entitled ‘Tryst with Destiny,’ is considered to be one of the best speeches of the 20th century.
  • The classic clothing style of Nehru is still present and followed till today, with clearly identifiable pieces being the ‘Gandhi cap’ and ‘Nehru Jacket’. Owing to his origin in the Kashmiri Pandit family, he was named Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
  • Nehru has published books such as The Discovery of India, Glimpses of World History, and his autobiography Towards Freedom. The book Letters from a Father to a Daughter has been collected and written as a compilation of his letters to his daughter when she was 10 years old and away at boarding school.
  • Some of the most prominent institutes in our world, including the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), and the National Institutes of Technology (NITs), have been founded under is leadership. He has also made many reforms and amending existing laws to eradicate social injustices, and to preserve unity and stability within India’s diverse communities.

Celebrate the occasion with fun games and events this November 14th, and give your children the gift of knowledge with these fun facts as well! Happy Children’s Day.

Also Read: Interesting Children’s Day Celebration Ideas

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