Facts about Children's Day in India

Celebrating Children's Day is about giving children the right to enjoy and grow into healthy and educated citizens of the country. As India celebrates Children's Day today, here are some interesting facts about the day

1. Universal Children's Day takes place annually on 20 November.

2. The day was established to encourage all countries to institute a day, firstly to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children and secondly to initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world's children.

3. In India, Children's Day is celebrated on 14 November, on the birthday of the first Prime Minister of independent India, who was fondly called Chacha Nehru (Uncle Nehru) or Chachaji (Uncle), and who emphasized the importance of giving love and affection to children.

4. Prior to 1964, India celebrated Children's Day on 20 November, which was observed as the universal Children's Day by the United Nations. It was after the death of Jawahar Lal Nehru 1964; it was unanimously decided to celebrate his birthday as Bal Diwas in India.

5. Children's day in India also recognise Nehru's efforts to enhance the progress of Indian youth for which he established education institutes like AIIMS, Indian Institute of Technology, IIM. To give him tribute, India celebrates this festival on 14 November, the day of his birthday.

6. The day is marked with a lot of activities for children organised in schools and institutions.


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