All About Teachers Day - Celebration And Significance

A teacher or guru is given immense significance in India as can be rightly seen with Guru Purnima celebrations across the country. We all have that one favorite teacher whom we remember and cherish for our entire life, isn’t it? Teachers’ day is approaching, and there’s no other gesture for a teacher than thanking them deeply for the knowledge and wisdom they impart in all of us. What’s paramount about the upcoming Teachers’ day? It’s the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and is celebrated as Teachers’ day in honor of the education he has promoted in India.

About Teachers’ Day 

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires" is rightly quoted by William Arthur Ward. Each year, Teachers' Day is celebrated with brimming zeal around the globe to honor the contributions of teachers in our life. They are a guiding light in a student’s life. Students walk in their footsteps, and bring a substantial transformation and revolution in any country. This is why teachers are highly regarded in every culture and are cherished on Teachers’ Day. In India, this day is also known as Shikshak Divas. 

Teachers’ Day Date 2020

In India, Teachers’ day is celebrated on the 5th of September, which is the birth date of  Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Being the 2nd President and 1st Vice President of India, he has also won the Bharat Ratna award for his marvelous contributions. 

Moreover, Teachers’ day dates can differ across the world according to their historic values. Thus, the 5th of October is observed as World Teachers’ day.

About Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Born on the 5th of September, 1888, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan belonged to a Telugu family residing near Thiruttani, Madras. He pursued Philosophy in the University of Madras and was one of the top-notch scholars and philosophers of contemporary times. He has wonderfully introduced an evaluative and complete analysis of one of the branches of Hindu Philosophy - Vedanta.

He has written various books like "The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore" and "The Reign of Religion in Contemporary Philosophy". As a professor of several universities in India, Dr. Radhakrishnan brought light into the students’ lives with his strong influential skills. His nomination for the Nobel Prize in literature in 1937 was just the start. He continued to be nominated 14 times for the same as well as 11 times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Celebrating Teachers Day 

Instead of keeping it a holiday, various schools and colleges celebrate Teachers’ day by changing the routine classes and giving some students a chance to become teachers for a day. Many cultural programs and activities are organized by students to express their gratitude and love for teachers. They give flower bouquets, cards, and gifts to their teachers, take their blessings, and honor them by giving speeches about the role of a teacher in a student’s life. Dramas and musical events are also conducted on this day. In the present day, students share different heartfelt quotes and messages with their teachers on social media as a token of gratitude. 

Teachers Day Messages

There are many quotes, poems, and inspiring stories dedicated to teachers. Here are a few messages that you can send your teachers and seek their blessings:

  • I am grateful that you taught me the meaning of true learning, that you were a source of inspiration and guidance that helped me distinguish between right and wrong. You supported my dreams and gave me a way to soar high in the sky. I am forever thankful for your mentorship. Happy Teachers’ Day.
  • Dear Teacher, thank you for instilling hope within me and lighting up my creativity and imagination. Happy Teachers’ Day!

Teachers' Day In Other Countries

Teachers' Day is well-known across the globe and celebrated almost everywhere. Normally it is a day dedicated to pay respect and express gratitude to those individuals who have widely contributed to the society in imparting knowledge and learning. The International or World Teachers’ Day was announced as the 5th of October in 1994. Hence, there are several nations where this day is observed on the 5th of October.

May Your Teacher’s Guiding Light Shine On You Forever!

P. J. Abdul Kalam weaved a beautiful thought about being a teacher - Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honor for me. May you all find such a mentor or guru who brings immense wisdom, clarity, and education to you. Wish you all a Happy Teachers Day.

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