Saturday, November 13, 2010

Children's Day

                         

                            " HAPPY CHILDREN'S DAY "
 Children's Day is marked with numerous festivities for all kids for all kids all over India.Children's Day is to celebrate "childhood". On Children’s Day tribute is payed to all children in the world. Children are loved by one and all. They win over our hearts with their angelic eyes and innocent smiles. It makes one realise that may be that’s the way God wanted us to be.Children are the hands by which we take hold of Heaven & We can't fashion our children after our desires ,we must have them and love them as God has given them to us.

So ,I am posting about the Information gathered from Various Internet resources about Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru & Children's Day.

Nehru's Life:



Pt.Jawaharlal Nehru
India's first prime minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, was born on 14th November, 1889 to Motilal Nehru and his wife Swaroop Rani. From the beginning he was an exceptional child and brilliant child. After the early education his father sent him foreign to pursue higher education. Nehru completed his higher education in England at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge University. He completed his M.A. from Cambridge University, England. After his returned to India, Nehru practiced law before joining into politics.

After quitting the legal profession, he joined the Congress and Gandhiji in the Freedom Struggle of India. He was an extremely outspoken, honest, practical and courageous politician. And when India gained its independence, he was unanimously selected by the Congress to lead the country as first Prime Minister of the independent India.Pt. Nehru was not only a great leader, statesman but also a great philosopher and think-tact of all time. He perfectly blended the western scientific thinking with eastern philosophical values.He was also a great poet and writer of his own. His famous works are ‘Glimpses of World History’ and ‘Discovery of India’.

His letters to his daughter, Indira Priyadarshini from the jail reflects his philosophical outlook, and his compassion to children.He was fondly referred as Chacha Nehru by the children. He was also fond of both children and roses.He started to wear a rose on his jacket after a child pinned one rose on his jacket. He often stated that children were like the flowers in a garden and they should be carefully nurtured. He said the children’s are the future and foundation of a nation. Every one should keep a careful eye for their development and upheaval.

For him children’s were little adults in the making. Nehru’s empathy toward children is well-known, he once said, “Our one goal, our bounden duty, is to gift the future of India - our children - a country filled with peace and tranquility.”

After his death in 1963, his birthday has been celebrated as children's Day in India.Children's Day is not just a day to let the future generation have its say. It is a day to remember a leader who, in his quiet but determined way, laid the foundation to convert a nascent nation into a world power.

But why Children's Day? Apart from being known for his skills as a statesman, Nehru was also immensely fond of children. The more popular and famous of Nehru's pictures show him with children.

In all the photographs Nehru's joy at being with children is apparent. When he is not sharing pleasantries with them, the expression of intense concentration as he listens to them reveals his commitment and attitude to children. Children to Nehru were little adults in the making.Nehru, to children, is never the Indian political leader and prime minister. He is always Chacha Nehru - Nehru Uncle.

Children's Day is celebrated all over India, especially at the school level. There are also community activities with stress on children's involvement.

The story also goes that he started to wear a rose on his jacket after a child pinned one on it.The national children's centre, Jawahar Bal Bhavan, is also named after Jawaharlal Nehru. Children's Day is literally that. It is the day when children all over the country are pampered with goodies. From the schoolchild's point of view, the best thing perhaps is that it is a special day at school - they need not wear uniforms and are given sweets.           

Nehru’s Contribution To Society

The modern civilization’s development that we all boast off toDay is somewhere the gift and blessing of Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru. Pundit Nehru was a perfect blend of eastern values and western thinking.His life and works have influenced our way of thinking, social structures and all round development. Pundit Nehru always encouraged technological development of India.He as a human being was very soft at heart person. Apart from being a great educationist, he was also a great poet and writer. His letters to his daughter Indira, has been compiled in a book which truly is a showcase of his philosophical outlook.

Some of the most famous works of Pundit Nehru include 'Glimpses of World History' and 'Discovery of India’.

One can clearly say that modern society is a blessing of Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru, his aims, his teachings, his messages and his contribution whose fruits are still sweetening the development if India.

History Of Children's Day:



Children’s Day is celebrated on different dates in different countries across the world. While International Children’s Day is observed on June 1st, Universal Children’s Day is marked on 20th November. These dates too vary from nation to nation. The first International Children’s Day was observed by Turkey in 1920 and then by Switzerland in 1925. Universal Children’s Day has a similar history to narrate. The idea was first laid by V.K. Krishna Menon, which was later adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954. Until 1959, this day was observed in the month of October after which it was changed to 20th November. As far as India is concerned, Children’s Day is commemorated on 14th November, as it marks the birth anniversary of Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru. Read on to know the origin and background of Children’s Day in India.

Origin Of Children’s Day

20th November marks the anniversary of the “Declaration of the Rights of the Child” that was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1959. Furthermore, in 1989, on the same day, the Convention on the Rights of the child was signed. The main motive behind this convention was to promote child welfare and communal exchange between them all over the world. In India, Children’s Day was first celebrated in 1964 after Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru’s death. Nehru’s birth anniversary is commemorated as Children’s Day on 14th November every year.

Nehru was extremely fond of children and considered them to be the nation’s future. Nehru also played a significant role in the long freedom struggle to get India independent. Moreover, Nehru became India’s first Prime Minister after India achieved its independence. Hence, 14th November is not only commemorated as Children’s day, it also pays a tribute to the great and eminent politician and leader who fought for India’s independence. The occasion is marked by various cultural programs and events organized by schools and educational institutions across India.

The occasion is celebrated throughout India with immense fun, fervor and enthusiasm. Students are encouraged to participate in various activities, such as singing, dancing, story telling, elocutions, painting, art and crafts, and so on. It gives all the children of India to enjoy the freedom of childhood. Many Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) also organize programs for the poor and deprived children. These days, a number of special programs are aired on the television and radio for kids.

Children's Day in India:

Children’s Day in India surrounds the celebration of childhood. The day is celebrated on 14th November across the nation to commemorate the birth anniversary of India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Though the Universal Children’s Day is celebrated on 20th November, the date has been pre-poned in India since Nehru was very fond of children. The festival is marked on a national level to pay tribute to Nehru’s love and passion for children. He was known as Chacha Nehru out of respect and admiration.

Born on 14th November, Nehru grew up to become a lawyer. However, he left his profession and joined Gandhiji in the freedom struggle of India. Eventually, he turned out to be brilliant, outspoken, practical and illustrious politician. On attaining independence from the British in 1947, Nehru became the first Prime Minister of the nation. His dedication and passion for the country is remembered on this day. Nehru had great love for roses and children. He often compared the two, stating that children are like buds in a garden. He regarded children to be the future of the nation and citizens of tomorrow.

Celebration in India:

Due to this love of Nehru towards children, he was bestowed upon with the endearing title of Chacha Nehru. Hence, a tribute is paid to this great personality by celebrating his birth anniversary all over India. A number of cultural programs and activities are organized for the kids by all the schools and educational institutions on this day. Teachers perform various songs and dances for their students. Competitions, such as singing, dancing, fancy dress, field events, elocutions, storytelling, debates and quizzes are organized. Though the schools are open on this day, children, however, do not wear uniforms and don colorful and informal dresses to school.

These days, the electronic media has gone far ahead with airing special programs for children to honor the festival. Different movies are telecasted on the television. Various other programs are aired on the radio as well as radio is fast becoming a large medium of communication medium. Many Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) too organize programs for the deprived children across India. The occasion is marked with great pomp and show. The day serves as a reminder to all Indians about committing to the education and welfare of the children thereby contributing to the progress of the nation - a small step that Nehru had started.

Popular Children’s Day Traditions

Nehru had always considered every child of India to be extra special. He viewed children to be the future custodians of the nation. Hence, providing them with a good family, education and social environment is very essential. Very truly, children should be treated with love and care as they are the foundation and real strength of any country. It was due to this determination and eagerness that Nehru came to be fondly known as Chacha Nehru or Nehru Uncle by the kids out of respect and appreciation. Children’s Day is marked with numerous festivities for all kids all over India.




Kids dressed like Chacha Nehru

Kids get to done their best casual dresses on this day as they are allowed to put the uniforms back at home. Children’s Day is not a holiday in India. In fact, kids love to be at school on this day as fun and excitement is at par. Teachers organize different cultural programs and events for students, wherein they portray themselves as children and enact dances and songs. Different activities and contest are also held for students to participate. The most common of the competitions include singing, dancing, story telling, fancy dress, elocutions, drawing, painting, speeches, the list continues. To add on, winners are highly rewarded.



Dance
Celebrations do not end here. Other festivities include parties, movies, picnics, tours, etc. These too are organized by teachers and parents for their children. All possible efforts are made to let the kids feel special and pampered. Back at school, they are treated with luxurious and delicious food and sweets prepared specially for the occasion. On returning home, parents present gifts to their kids and offer special delicacies. Elder kids take an extra step by meeting friends and planning outings. Children’s Day is all about spreading Nehru’s message of educating every Indian child and taking effective steps for further development.

Significance



Children’s Day is celebrated all over the world on 20th November. In India the basis of Children’s Day is Jawaharlal Nehru’s BirthDay, which is celebrated on 14thNovember. Jawaharlal Nehru was always very concerned for children and loved them a lot and contributed immensely towards their development Nehru's empathy towards children is well-known;he once said "Our one goal,our bounden duty ,is to gift the future of India -our children- a country filled with peace and tranquility". .He was also fond of red roses & started to wear a red rose on his jacket ,often stated that "Children were like the flowers in a garden and they should be carefully nurtured".

The occasion of children’s Day is not only an opportunity to celebrate and enjoy, but it reminds us of the mission and message of Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru. He always wanted children all over the world to grow, prosper, get education and prosper in life.

Children’s Day is celebrated with great pomp and show across India. Different schools and organizations are seen initiating various competitions and awarding outstanding students. There are special offers for kids in Shopping malls, theatres and amusement parks. Parents are seen pampering their kids by fulfilling their wishes for the Day.

Jawaharlal Nehru popularly and fondly remembered as Chacha Nehru, always believed that children decide the future of any country or civilization. If the children of the country are provided with proper foundation and development opportunities, they can uplift the nation towards greater prosperity. On the other hand, failure to feed and educate the children prepares to burry all expectations of any nation.

Therefore, amidst all this pomp and glory, we should not lose sight of Chacha Nehru's real message. That is providing our children with a safe and loving environment to grow as well as giving them ample and equal opportunities through which they can take great strides and contribute to the progress of the nation. This Day serves as a reminder to each and every one of us, to renew our commitment to the welfare of children and teach them to live by their Chacha Nehru's standards and example.

 So,I wish all the Children to Focus on where they want to do,not on what they fear & to teach our children to dream with their eyes open.

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2 comments:

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