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Present moment all of us celebrate “59th Teachers Day” in each & every corner of India. Year after Year “Teacher’s Day” is celebrated on 5th September in India. As the name suggests it is dedicated to “Tutors”. Nevertheless this one day is not enough to celebrate & honor tutors; celebrating Teacher’s Day is one such peerless memory for all. Besides it is the “National Festival” & celebrated throughout India, too “Teacher’s Day” is marked in honor of “Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan” who was born on 5th September 1888 and he was the “1st Vice President (1952-1962) & 2nd President (1962-967) of independent India”.

History:

Countries all over the world celebrated “Teacher’s Day” on differing days, similarly in India “September 5” is marked as Teachers’ Day. It’s commemorating the birth anniversary of a Great Scholar, Outstanding & Respected Teacher, Bharat Ratna Recipient, Author, Prolific Statesman and philosopher “Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan”. He said that “Teachers should be the best minds in the country”, on that day students celebrate the contribution of teachers in their shaping up society and classrooms are filled with colors due to greetings & wishes. Over there is a pretty interesting reason behind it as to why “September 5” is marked as Teacher’s Day in India. Our India’s 1st Vice-President & 2nd President of “Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan” were born on 5th September 1888, prior entering into politics he served as a professor in various colleges for a long time. Furthermore being a great teacher, he was also a writer who wrote “The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore”. During the course of time when his students requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday; he asked them to mark September 5 as Teachers’ Day. This happened in 1962 after he took over as the India’s President. That is why Teacher’s Day was celebrated on 5th September since 1962. By this way he showcased his dedication & affection for tutors. Further in 1954 he was conferred with “Bharat Ratna Award” India’s highest civilian award & in 1963 he was also honored with honorary membership of the “British Royal Order of Merit”. Likewise he was nominated more or less 27 times for the Nobel Prize.

Significance of Teacher’s Day:

The motto behind celebrating “September 5” as Teacher’s Day is to remember and acknowledge the key role of tutors. In these day students remember the former president “Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan” & they also honor their teachers by taking part in numerous cultural programs & events. Yet teacher’s job is plenty of trials and tribulations hence we mustiness honor them with esteem & show gratitude for their dedication. The future of a country lies in the hands of its students; it won’t become possible if there won’t be virtuous tutors to show the right path to the students. Tutors as mentors can mould the students into future leaders who shape the destiny of the country also teachers gently nudge students to become best members of society, ideal citizens of the country & good human beings. Plus this is the least we can do for those who prepare us to face the world in the finest way feasible. In that day students in schools & colleges often bring gifts, handmade cards, flowers etc for their favorite tutors and tell them how much they have inspired by them. As more students in schools & colleges organize various cultural programs such as dancing competitions, singing competitions, games, recitation of poems & mimicry of teachers in order to entertain tutors. Unfortunately this year, due to epidemic disease students didn’t meet their tutors.

Key Facts of Teacher’s Day:

  • Worldwide Teachers’ Day is celebrated for the contribution of teachers to the society on different dates in different countries.
  • On October 5 each & every year world Teacher’s Day is celebrated 
  • Too the celebration in different countries is correlated to eminent personalities or milestones & achievements in an education domain
  • Tutors/ Teachers has always been treated next to god in Myth
  • In the year 1994 October 5 “UNESCO” has started observing Teacher’s day, more or less in all countries of the world, this special occasion is celebrated to show respect for great educators/ great personality who contributed selflessly in the promotion of education in their respective countries/ nations. Celebration of “Teacher’s day” in some countries of the world is mentioned beneath:
  • New Zealand -29th October
  • Malaysia -16th May
  • Ecuador – April 13
  • USA – May 9
  • Puerto Rico – May 12
  • South Korea, Mexico – May 15
  • Malaysia – May 16
  • Bolivia – June 6
  • El Salvador – June 22
  • Guatemala – June 25
  • Dominican Republic – June 30
  • Singapore – August 31
  • Argentina – September 11
  • Canada – October 5
  • Poland – October 14
  • Brazil – October 15
  • Chile – October 16
  • Vietnam – November 20
  • Costa Rica – November 22
  • Turkey – November 24
  • Spain – November 27
  • Israel – December 22
  • India – September 5
  • Pakistan – October 5
  • China – September 10
  • Sri Lanka – October 6
  • Germany – October 5

Teachers & Education are synonymous; one cannot exist without the other one.  Unparalleled role of teachers in building a society is vital and consequently is identified & esteem throughout the globe. In many ways teacher’s contribution is appreciated one of the ways in which it is celebrated is by dedicating one complete day to tutors. In addition in 2020 “World Teacher’s Day” will celebrate teachers with the theme “Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”; this day provides the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession all over the globe. Due to current situation this celebration will take place in online as more “WTD Opening Ceremony & UNESCO- Hamdan Prize Awards” Ceremony on 5th October will be held.

By Vaishali Vaisu

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