CHIL­DREN'S DAY

A TO Z INDIA - - Cultural Celebration -

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.

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