Children's day, in hindi known as "Bal
Diwas", in India falls on November 14th every year and for good
reason. Children's day in India is celebrated on Pandit Nehru's
birthday as a day of fun and frolic, a celebration of childhood,
children and Nehruji's love for them.
Jawahar Lal Nehru
On November14, 1889, a
son was born to an eminent lawyer, Motilal Nehru and his wife
Swaroop Rani at Allahabad. They named him Jawaharlal. He was a
brilliant, kindhearted child who was greatly loved by all. His
father wanted to give him the best education and hence sent him to
England for his M.A. from Cambridge. The British ruled India at
that time.When he returned to India, young Jawaharlal realized
that he wanted to help the poor and the downtrodden. He took part
in the Freedom Struggle of India and
became a follower of Mahatma Gandhi
who had just returned from South Africa at that time. When India
gained its independence, he became the first Prime Minister of
He was a perfect
blend of eastern philosophical values and western scientific
thinking and encouraged technological progress. But he was also a
man of letters and a great poet and wrote some famous works like,
‘Glimpses of World History’ and ‘Discovery of India’. His letters
to his daughter, Indira, were also compiled into a book and
reflects his philosophical outlook, his compassion and above all,
his tender heart.
The Birth of
Chacha Nehru as the
children fondly referred to him, was fond of both children and
roses. In fact he often compared the two, saying that children
were like the buds in a garden. They should be carefully and
lovingly nurtured, as they were the future of the nation and the
citizens of tomorrow. He felt that children are the real strength
of a country and the very foundation of society.
He was the ‘beloved’ of all the
children who gave him the endearing name of ‘Chacha Nehru’.
As a tribute to
this great man and his love for the children, his birthday is
celebrated all over India as ‘CHILDREN’S DAY’. Most schools have
cultural programmes for the day, with the students managing it
all. All over the country, various cultural, social, and even
corporate, institutions conduct competitions for children.
Children's Day is a day for children to engage in fun and frolic.
Schools celebrate this day by organizing cultural programmes.
Teachers of the school perform songs and dances for their
Therefore, Children's Day is special. It is a day set aside to
remember Pandit Nehru and his love for children.