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Teacher’s Day

Date: 5th September

Since times immemorial, Indians have worshipped and venerated their teachers. In ancient times, teachers were called as “Gurus” and in contemporary world, they are known by “Madam” or “Sir”. In India, Teacher’s Day is celebrated on 5th September as a mark of tribute to the contribution made by teachers to the society. It is the birthday of great teacher Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, who was a prominent scholar, diplomat, president of India, and most important he was a great teacher. All across nation, Teacher’s Day is celebrated to honor teachers for their sincere efforts in the field of education.

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was one of the most prominent teachers of India. Apart from this, he was also the first Vice President of the country and second President of India. One day when some of his students pleaded him to allow them to rejoice his birthday, Dr. Radhakrishnan replied, “Despite of commemorating my birthday individually, it would be my privilege to celebrate this day as ‘Teacher’s Day’. After that, the birthday of this staunch believer of education has been observed as Teacher’s Day all across the nation.

Birth and Education

Dr. S.Radhakrishnan was born in Chennai on September 5. He spent the initial years of his life in Tirupati and Tiruttani. He took his graduation degree from Madras University. In the year 1909, Dr. Krishnan was appointed to the Department of Philosophy. After this, he seriously started studying Indian religion and Philosophy, and later on, he became a teacher of Philosophy.

His Works

During his lifetime, Dr. Radhakrishnan wrote down a number of great books, such as A Source Book in Indian Philosophy, Western Thought, Eastern Religions, Religion and Society, The Hindu View of Life, and many other books.

Teacher’s Day Celebration in India

Teachers play holds an imperative place in Indian society since times immemorial. Every year, students celebrate this sacred occasion with full zest. Teacher’s Day gives an opportunity to students to show love and respect towards their mentors. Both students and teachers enjoy the occasion with full zeal. Given below are some of the most popular activities for Teacher’s Day.

Teacher’s Day Activities

On this day, dance and song competitions are organized in schools, colleges and other educational institutions. Prizes are also distributed amongst the winners. In addition, dance programs are conducted and these bestow a perfect opportunity to students to show their acting skills. Many students imitate their teachers. While copying teachers, they try to perform their facial expressions and way of communication. The drama performances add fun to celebrations and teachers enjoy their ‘replicas’ on stage.

In some educational institutions, games are organized and both students and teachers participate in them. Teacher’s Day gives all the students an opportunity to express their gratitude and thankfulness towards their teachers. Some educational institutions reward the teachers for their efforts and dedication towards the betterment of the students.