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Bal Diwas

Children's Day
Observed by India
TypeNational
SignificanceTo increase awareness of the rights, care and education of children
Date14 November
Next time14 November 2020 (2020-11)
FrequencyAnnual

Children's Day is celebrated across India to increase awareness of the rights, care and education of children.[1][2] It is celebrated on 14 November every year as a tribute to India's First Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Fondly known as Chacha Nehru among children, he advocated for children to have fulfilled education.[3] On this day, many educational and motivational programs are held across India, by and for children.

History

The celebration of Children's Day in India dates back to 1956. Prior to the death of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, India celebrated Children's Day on 20 November (the date observed as Universal Children's Day by the United Nations). After the death of Jawaharlal Nehru, his birth anniversary was deliberated to be celebrated as Children's Day in India. It was done so because he was very popular with the kids as Chacha Nehru, hence, a resolution was passed in the parliament to give a befitting farewell to the first Prime Minister of India.[4][5][6][7]

Google Doodle

In November 2018, Google's doodle on Children's Day was designed to depict a child looking at a sky dotted with stars with a telescope. Crafted by a student from Mumbai, the design had won the 2018 'Doodle 4 Google' competition in India for her fascination with space exploration.[8]

In 2018, after Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister, sixty BJP MPs have requested him to designate 26 December as the new Children's Day in India.[9]

References

  1. ^ "Bal Diwas to mark chacha Nehru's B'day on Nov 14". The Times of India. 11 November 2008. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "Nobel Peace laureate Satyarthi celebrates Children's Day with slum kids". Aninews.in. Archived from the original on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "Why November 14 celebrated as Children's Day?". The Times of India. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "Why We Celebrate Children's Day On 14 Nov When UN Observes It On 20 Nov Worldwide". badhaai.com. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ Bollywood Country. "Children's Day". IANS Live. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ "Children's Day celebration photos". Kvsrobangalore.org. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ "Bal diwas - a day to celebrate hair?". The Times of India. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ "Children's Day 2018 celebrated with a Google doodle on space exploration". The Indian Express. 14 November 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "Shift Children's Day away from Nehru's birth anniversary, say BJP MPs". The Times of India. 7 April 2018. Retrieved 2019.



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