Children’s Day : Why is it celebrated on November 14 ? India celebrates Children’s Day or Bal Diwas on November 14, which is the birthday of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of the country. He was fondly called Chacha Nehru (Uncle Nehru) or Chachaji (Uncle). Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was very much fond of children, it was his love and yearning for children that made Indians to celebrate Children’s Day.
Pandit Nehru, who emphasized the importance of giving love and affection to children said: “the children of today will make the India of tomorrow. The way we bring them up will determine the future of the country”. As part of Children’s Day, many functions are organised in schools, offices and other organisations, mostly run by students. India celebrated Children’s Day on 20 November before 1964. It was observed as the universal Children’s Day by the United Nations. But after the death of Pt. Nehru in 1964, it was unanimously decided to celebrate his birthday as Bal Diwas in the country due to his love and affection towards children. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru once said “The children of today will make the India of tomorrow. The way we bring them up will determine the future of the country”.Apart from his role as a freedom fighter and politician, Pandit Nehru has left behind a legacy of education and development of children in the country, and November 14 is celebrated as a tribute to him.
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