Children truly deserve a day that is dedicated to them. Many children across the world suffer from so many atrocities. We must ensure that the rights of children are protected and not exploited. It is said that God is closest to children because their hearts and minds are so pure. Universally, Children’s day takes place on 20th of November. The United Nations has declared this day as Children’s day. This day is intended to promote the welfare and well being of children and also to celebrate childhood. Children are the picture of innocence and everybody loves children. Children’s day is a day specially set aside to honour children and celebrate their presence. The real essence of children’s day is to understand the importance of childhood in our lives.
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Children's Day:
In India, Children's Day is celebrated on 14th November which is the birthday of India’s first Prime Minister Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, who is fondly called Chacha Nehru or Uncle Nehru. Nehru was always very concerned for children, loved them a lot and contributed immensely towards their development. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru believed that children must be provided with love and care as the future of a nation lies in their hands. He wanted to create responsible citizens out of young children. Under his regime, he established several educational institutions including ‘All India Institute of Medical Sciences’, ‘Indian Institute of Technology’ and ‘Indian Institute of Management’. It is believed that Nehru admired two things a lot, red roses and children. His love and passion towards children is the reason why we celebrate Children's Day on his birthday in India.
Tribute to childhood:
Children are the embodiment of love.They are the ones that have the biggest dreams and believe they can do anything. Children are innocent and lead a simple life. They are content and happy with the little they have. A child’s love for simplicity is refreshing to those around them. Faith is the word which describes a child. Children have immense faith in people and in themselves. They have no fear in being themselves which in general allows them to be the friendliest age group in the human race. Unconditional love towards people, especially towards their parents is what describes an ideal child. Children usually have more positive outlook than adults and because of this they see a different world through their eyes. Their imagination is entertaining and their energy is contagious. They are precious gifts from God. Children are teachers, they teach parents to be selfless, humble, and compassionate. Children bring out the best in people because they teach them important lessons. They are the sun-rays in this dark world that we need to appreciate.
Children's Day Celebration:
On 14th November, every organisation and school celebrates the Children’s Day. In India lots of fun activities and programs are organized on the
children's day. NGOs, schools and some private bodies conduct competitions and events for children. Various cultural programs are organized throughout the schools. Most schools hold cultural performances on this day, run by the children themselves. Teachers also get involved and may perform songs and dances for their students. Special television programs for children are broadcasted on 14th November. Children's Day is seen as a day for the kids to engage in fun. Children take part in many activities organized for them. The best way to celebrate Children’s day is to involve the children in social and cultural activities. We may take our children to visit some NGO or children's home on this day. We can ask them to wrap gifts for underprivileged, orphan or children with disabilities. They can also give away some of their belongings to other poor children. In such a way they will get to know the real significance of this day. Such social activities will generate a sense of moral values in them. They will also learn that even poor and orphan children have right to celebrate Children’s Day. It is a good opportunity for parents, schools and others to undertake such activities and bring smiles on the faces of under-privileged children too. The various ways to celebrate the occasion include distributing chocolates and gifts among the children; organizing programs dedicated to the freedom fighters; conducting social and cultural programs like dancing, singing, etc; distributing clothes, musical instruments, toys, books, stationery, etc. to orphan children; organizing of competitions such as debates, fancy dress, storytelling and quizzes; delivering musical programs to entertain underprivileged children; organizing game activities including treasure hunt, puzzles, etc.
The real objective of celebrating Children’s Day will be fulfilled only when one is able to make the under-privileged children happy. Children’s day is just not a birth anniversary, it is celebrated to create strong and energetic youths, who will lead the future of India and take it to the new heights of success. Make every 14th November special for children.