Children's Day (India)

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Children's Day
Observed by India
SignificanceTo increase awareness of the rights, care and education of children
Date14 November
Next time14 November 2021 (2021-11-14)
Origami Competition for school children organised to mark the Children's Day (Bal Diwas), Delhi, 14 November 2004

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. Known as Chacha Nehru among children, he advocated for children to have fulfilled education.[3] Nehru considered children as real strength of a nation and foundation of society.[4] On this day, many educational and motivational programs are held across India for children.

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.[5][6][7][8]

Google Doodle[edit]

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.[9]

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.[10]


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  4. ^ "Children's Day: Remembering Jawaharlal Nehru as a writer for kids". The Indian Express. 14 November 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Why We Celebrate Children's Day On 14 Nov When UN Observes It On 20 Nov Worldwide". Archived from the original on 14 September 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  6. ^ Bollywood Country. "Children's Day". IANS Live. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Children's Day celebration photos". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Bal diwas – a day to celebrate hair?". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Children's Day 2018 celebrated with a Google doodle on space exploration". The Indian Express. 14 November 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Shift Children's Day away from Nehru's birth anniversary, say BJP MPs". The Times of India. 7 April 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2019.