Teachers' Day

Teachers' Day is a special day for the appreciation of teachers, and include celebrations to honor them for their special contributions in a particular field area, or the community in general.

Updated: June 18, 2020


Teachers' Day is a special day for the appreciation of teachers, and include celebrations to honor them for their special contributions in a particular field area, or the community in general. Many countries celebrate World Teachers' Day, established by UNESCO in 1994, on 5 October as their Teachers' Day. However the day may differ in other countries. For example, Argentina has commemorated Domingo Faustino Sarmiento's death on 11 September) since 1915.


Significance of Teachers' Days:

We all are grateful to our teachers, mentors, and gurus who play a crucial role in building the future. Teachers' Day is celebrated on 5th September every year on the occasion of the birth anniversary of India's second President, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan who was a great philosopher, a great educationist and a great humanist. When he became the second president of India in 1962, his students were eager to celebrate his birthday as 'Radhakrishnan Day' but he refused their idea by saying "Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if September 5 is observed as Teachers' Day." Ever since then, his birthday is observed as Teachers' Day all over the country.


Celebration of Teachers' Days:

In India Guru Purnima is traditionally observed as a day to venerate teachers. The birthday of the second president Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (5 September) is also celebrated as Teacher's Day since 1962. 


Guru Purnima is an Indian and Nepalese festival dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers. This festival is traditionally celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Buddhists, to pay their respects to their teachers and express their gratitude. The festival is celebrated on the full moon day (Purnima) in the Hindu month of Ashadha (Jun-July) in the Hindu calendar of India and Nepal. This day marks the first peak of the lunar cycle after the peak of the solar cycle. The celebration is marked by ritualistic respect to the Guru, Guru Puja. Also, the birth date of the second President of India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, 5 September 1888, has been celebrated as Teacher's Day since 1962. On this day, teachers and students comes to school as usual but instead of usual activities and classes they involve in activities of celebration, thanks and remembrance. In some schools, senior students take the responsibility of teaching in order to show their appreciation for the teachers. Groups of students representing various grade levels perform short skits or song and dance numbers, or read poetry for their teachers in front of fellow schoolmates in school-wide activities. The day is celebrated by the students showing appreciation to their teachers by giving them presents, also it is celebrated by bringing traditional food into school and just having an open day in general. 


Most of the school celebrates the occasion by staging programs and activities dedicated to the teachers. Children (pupils) and adults (students) are actively involved in acknowledging the teachers contribution to their well being and intellectual development and growth. Some students visit their teachers at their homes to offer flowers and small gifts, or organize trips with their teachers and classmates. Former students also pay respect to their former teachers on this day.



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