Happy Teachers Day- Do you really know why we celebrate Teachers’ Day on September 5?
Every year, on September 5, classrooms across India fill up with greeting cards, chocolates, flowers and performances as students showcase what their teachers mean to them. We all appreciate the vital role that teachers play in shaping the future, but Do you really know why we celebrate Teachers’ Day?
Teacher’s Day is celebrated on 5th of September in honour of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Since 1962 the day commemorates the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. He was the First vice president and Second president of India. He was a great scholar, philosopher and Bharat Ratna recipient.
According to Dr. Radhakrishnan, “Teachers should be the best minds in the country”
The Birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan came to be celebrated as Teachers Day, when some of his students requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan said, “Instead of celebrating my birthday separately, it would be my proud privilege if September 5 is observed as Teacher’s day”. Since then 5th September is observed as Teachers Day throughout India.
The first Teacher’s Day was celebrated in India in 1962 , when Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan began serving as the second president of India.
He used to teach at Chennai’s Presidency College and Calcutta University. He served as Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University from 1931 to 1936. In 1936, Dr. Radhakrishnan was invited to fill the Chair of Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics at Oxford which he retained for 16 years.
On Teacher’s Day, students across the nation honour the teachers and gurus in their lives. Often, special programmes are held in schools and colleges honouring educators and thankless work they do daily.