Guwahati: Every year since the year 1964, Nov 14 is celebrated as Children’s day in India.
The day marks the birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, fondly remembered as Chacha Nehru. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was India’s first Prime Minister. His love for children earned him the title “Chacha Nehru”.
His birth anniversary – November 14, is celebrated as Children’s Day in the country as a tribute to his contribution towards the development of the nation and his love for children.
Nehru used to say that children are the future of the country so it is important that they be given love and care so that they can stand on their own feet. Jawaharlal Nehru used to call children the creators of the nation.
The day is celebrated across India to increase awareness of the rights, care and education of children. On this day, chocolates and gifts are often distributed among children, while schools organize different events. It is also a common practice to distribute gifts like clothes, toys and books to orphan children on this day.
But this year again due to the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, students and teachers across city schools celebrated Children’s Day virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.
From dance preparations to plays, a plethora of activities was live-streamed by teachers for students on Saturday — a day before Children’s Day on Sunday, November 14. City schools decided to hold early celebrations this year as it is a Sunday, when all schools are shut.
Routinely, schools celebrate Children’s Day with functions, where teachers present skits and ensemble performances or take students on outings. This year, however, teachers tried to replicate the activities virtually.
As the COVID-19 cases are declining, the schools across the country are opening in a partial manner. But most of the institutes decided to take the online route for imparting lessons as the COVID-19 pandemic is not over yet.
Both classes and celebration of important days, such as Teachers’ Day and Children’s Day, have gone online since then.