Bal Diwas

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Children's Day
Observed by  India
Type National
Significance Birthday of Jawahar Lal Nehru
Date November 14
Next time 14 November 2018 (2018-11-14)
Frequency Annual

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 on the birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru also called 'Chacha Nehru'. Nehru is often cited as saying that children should always be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow.[3]


The celebration of Children's Day in India has its roots back to 1959. Prior to the death of Jawaharlal Nehru, India is celebrating Children's Day on November 20 (the date observed as Universal Children's Day by the United Nations). After the death of Jawaharlal Nehru in 1964, it was unanimously decided to celebrate his birthday as or Children's Day in India.[4][5][6][7]


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  2. ^ "Nobel Peace laureate Satyarthi celebrates Children's Day with slum kids". Archived from the original on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Rau, M. Chalapathi (1967). Nehru for Children. Children's Book Trusty. pp. 4, 5, 107. ISBN 9788170110354. 
  4. ^ "Why We Celebrate Children's Day On 14 Nov When UN Observes It On 20 Nov Worldwide". Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  5. ^ Bollywood Country. "Children's Day". IANS Live. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Children's Day celebration photos". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "'Bal diwas — a day to celebrate hair?'". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 November 2014.