Children’s Day 2022: 14 November is celebrated as Children’s Day. This day is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of the country. Pandit Nehru was very fond of children. Born on November 14, 1889 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, Jawaharlal Nehru was very fond of children and children used to call him “Uncle Nehru”.
Children’s day is the day that reminds everyone of school friends and picnic celebrations. Before 1964, Children’s Day was celebrated on 20 November in India, but after the death of Jawaharlal Nehru, it was decided to celebrate his birthday i.e. 14 November as ‘Children’s Day’.
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru became the first Prime Minister of independent India. He loved children so much that he is also known as Chacha Nehru. This was the reason that the Parliament of India decided to celebrate his birthday on November 14 as Children’s Day in India. He had immense love and respect for children and considered them as the future of our country. Thus, 14th of November was celebrated as Children’s Day in India. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru also loved roses. So he always had a rose in his court pocket. He considered every child as the future of India, so he believed that they should be treated well and educated.
Facts related to Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru-
- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru belonged to a Pandit family of Kashmir. He had two sisters named Vijay Lakshmi Pandit (elder sister) and Krishna Huthi Singh (younger sister).
- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru never received the Nobel Prize, although he was nominated 11 times between the years 1950 and 1955. Jawaharlal Nehru was extensively nominated for his peace work.
- After joining Trinity College, Cambridge in 1907, Nehru earned an Honors degree in Natural Science in 1910.
- He returned to India in August 1912 and attempted to establish himself as a barrister by enrolling as an advocate at the Allahabad High Court.
- During the freedom struggle of the country, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was sent to jail nine different times. In all, the British imprisoned Nehru for 3259 days, which was equivalent to 9 years of his life.
- He also wrote an autobiography while in prison in 1935, titled “Toward Freedom”, which was released in the United States in 1936.
History of Children’s Day
Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru said in one of his famous speeches, “Today’s children will be tomorrow’s India. The way we nurture them will decide the future of the country. Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru died in the year 1964, and in his memory, Parliament issued a resolution to establish his birthday as a Children’s Day celebration. Earlier, Children’s Day in India was celebrated on 20 November.