In India, Teachers day is celebrated on September 5 to mark the birthday of former President, scholar, philosopher, and Bharat Ratna recipient, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Across India, students honor and pay tribute to their teachers by sending Teachers Day greetings, quotes, messages, etc.
Globally, Teachers Day is celebrated on 5th October.
Why do we Celebrate Teachers Day?
Teachers’ Day in India is celebrated on 5th September to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. He was a renowned scholar, recipient of Bharat Ratna, first Vice- President, and second President of independent India. He was born on 5 September 1888. As an educationist, he was an advocate of edification and was a distinguished envoy, academician, and above all a great teacher.
As the common adage goes, the future of a country lies in the hands of its children, and teachers, as mentors, can mold students into future leaders who shape the destiny of India. They play an important role in our lives in helping us become successful in career and business. They help us to become good human beings, a better member of society, and an ideal citizen of the country. Teacher’s Day is celebrated to acknowledge the challenges, hardships, and special roles that teachers play in our lives.
Importance of Teachers Day
Teachers Day is one such event to which students and teachers equally look forward. The Day is important for the students as it gives them a chance to understand the efforts put in by their teachers to ensure that they get a proper education. Similarly, teachers also look forward to the Teachers’ Day celebration as their efforts get recognized and honored by students.
Why is Teachers Day Celebrated?
In the year 1965, some of the prominent students of Late Dr. S. Radhakrishnan organized a gathering to pay obeisance to that Great Teacher of repute. In that gathering, in his speech, Dr. Radhakrishnan expressed his deep reservation regarding his birth anniversary celebration and emphasized that his birth anniversary should be celebrated as ‘Teachers’ Day’, by paying homage to other Great Teachers of India and Bangladesh. Since the year 1967, 5th September is celebrated as Teachers’ Day.
On Teachers Day, students hold different activities to entertain teachers at schools and colleges. These activities include singing competitions, dance competitions, recitations of poems, mimicry of teachers, lots of games children play with teachers, plan a picnic, offer gifts, and at last, they thank teachers by expressing their gratitude.