National Teacher’s Day in India is observed on 5th September every year. It is a very important and special day in the lives of Teachers and Students. This day commemorates the Birth Anniversary of Dr Sarvappalli Radhakrishnan who was the first Vice-President and Second President of India. This day is celebrated with much enthusiasm by the students to make the day even more memorable for their teachers. Most students gather in their respective schools, colleges and other institutes of education to participate in the Teachers Day 2022 Celebrations.
Teachers Day History
Teacher’s Day in India is celebrated on the 5th of September since 1962 when Dr. Sarvappali Radhakrishnan was approached by some students to seek permission to celebrate his birthday. In return, he asked it to be called and celebrated as Teacher’s Day. “Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my privilege if September 5 is observed as Teachers’ Day,” Dr Radhakrishnan said in 1962. Thus, every year Teacher’s Day in India is celebrated on the 5th of September with warmth and excitement.
Who was Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan?
Dr Sarvapplai Radhakrishnan was always admired and respected by his students at Presidency College, Chennai and the University of Calcutta where he taught Philosophy. He believed that true teachers help students to think rationally and independently. Dr Sarvapalli once said, “The end-product of education should be a free creative man, who can battle against historical circumstances and adversities of nature,” and he believed that teachers play a vital role in shaping the minds of the younger generation.
Why Teachers Day is Celebrated?
Teachers’ Day 2022 in India is celebrated on 5th September. However, Guru Purnima is another day dedicated to the Teachers in India and this year it was celebrated on 13th July 2022. This day is celebrated to honour the contribution and impact of the teachers in the lives of the students. As the teachers are responsible for imparting education along with values and ethics to students, their importance in the student’s life rises as high as the parents and elders. The teachers become the most important and sometimes the first role model or figures of inspiration in their life. This signifies the importance of celebrating Teacher’s Day. moreover, in India, the teacher-student relationship has been very pious and dignified since ancient times which further adds to the celebrations.
How is Teachers’ Day Celebrated in India?
Every year on Teachers’ Day, students celebrate this day with great enthusiasm and excitement. Students offer gifts, flowers, chocolates, and greeting cards to their teachers as a token of appreciation and respect for the guidance and mentoring they have provided to the students. In most schools, students organise performances including dance, singing, poetry recital and others to show their gratitude.
Teachers Day 2022 Theme
The theme for National Teachers Day 2022 in India is – शिक्षकः बढ़ते संकट के बीच भविष्य की नई कल्पना (Teachers: leading in crisis, reimagining the future). The theme is self-explanatory for Teachers Day 2022 as with rising health, social environmental and various issues, teachers play a vital role in guiding and preparing the younger generation to be equipped with the knowledge to deal with them. Moreover, teachers need to promote free and creative things among their students to come up with out-of-the-box solutions for the pertinent problem in the nation and world.
International Teachers Day 2022
International Teachers Day is celebrated on the 5th of October every year. The day is celebrated to commemorate and honour teachers across the world. The idea is the recognise the crucial role of the teachers in the field of educational advancement and their significant contribution to the development of the younger generation which leads to the development of modern society. This day also comes as a reminder to the teachers of their rights and responsibilities towards their students and society at large.
Teachers Day in Other Countries In the World
Teachers’ Day is celebrated in many countries on different days. Here is the list of countries celebrating Teachers Day on different days than International Teachers Day.
Teachers Day in the US
National Teachers Day is Celebrated on the Tuesday of the first full week of May, therefore there is no fixed to celebrate the National Teachers in the US. Moreover, the whole week is dedicated as Teacher Appreciation Week which involves a lot of activities for the teachers as an expression of gratitude from the students.
Teachers Day in Korea
National Teachers Day in Korea is celebrated in the mid of May. It all started when a group of Red Cross youth visited their ill teacher in hospital in 1963. Later in 1965, the holiday was moved to mid-May (as it is presently) to coincide with the birth anniversary of King Sejong the Great (1397-1450).
Teachers Day in Hungary
The first Sunday of June is celebrated as National Teachers Day in Hungary. In 1951, the Council of Ministers released a regulation declaring the first Sunday of June as National Teachers Day in Hungary.
Teachers Day in Thailand
16th January is celebrated as Teacher’s day (วันครู Wan Kruu) in Thailand every year. It is also a school holiday. In Thailand, on this day, teachers gather to remember and reminisce about their first teachers. Thai people have a Wai Kru ceremony to worship and respect their teacher.
Teachers Day in Malaysia
Malaysia celebrated Teachers Day on 16th May which is also called Hari Guru in the Malay language. There is no holiday on the day, however, Teachers Day is celebrated with great enthusiasm.
Teachers Day Quotes
Here are some of the most influential and inspiring Teachers Day Quotes that reflect the importance of teachers in shaping the future of the world.
- “If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.” – Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
- “True teachers are those who help us think for ourselves.” -Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan
- “Teachers are the backbone of any country, the pillar upon which all aspirations are converted into realities. “ -Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
- Creativity is the key to success in the future, and primary education is where teachers can bring creativity in children at that level.” -Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
- “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeat
- “The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.” – Anatole France
- “Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.” – Josef Albers
- “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” – Mark Van Doren
- “Wherever you find something extraordinary, you’ll find the fingerprints of a great teacher.” -Arne Duncan
- “Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the Earth.” -Helen Caldicott, Physician and Author
Teachers Day 2022: FAQs
Q: When is National Teacher’s Day in India is celebrated?
A: National Teacher’s Day in India is celebrated on 5th September every year.
Q: Why is Teacher’s Day celebrated on 5th September?
A: Teacher’s Days in India is celebrated on 5th September to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvapalli Radha Krishnan. He was the First Vice-President of India and Second President of India.
Q: When is International Teacher’s Day is celebrated?
A: International Teacher’s Day is celebrated on 5th October.