Teacher‘s are a blessing for us. They help us in a myriad of ways throughout our life, & help us in achieving different milestone of success. In their honour, we have the teachers day on 5th September, every year. Teacher’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. including India. It falls on different days in different countries. In China it is celebrated on 28 September, which is the birthday of the great thinker, Confucius; in India it is celebrated on 5th September, the birthday of Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, a highly respected teacher who became the President of India.
The story behind it’s origin in India:
The story goes that when Dr Radhakrishnan became the country’s President in 1962, some of his students and friends went to him and requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday. Dr Radhakrishnan replied, Instead of celebrating my birthday separately, it would be my proud privilege if 5th September is celebrated as Teachers’ Day.’ In our school, we start preparing for Teachers’ Day about a week before 5th September. Since we put up a variety entertainment for our teachers on that day, we first get together to decide what exactly we will do.
How we celebrate in Schools/Colleges:
This day is celebrated with great Rejoicment throughout the world. We put up a variety entertainment for our teachers on that day. Every year there were songs, dances, skits, mimicry, and recitation. year It is the duty of the School Captain to prepare a speech in praise of our teachers. This year’s Captain used a quote that has stuck in my memory: ‘to teach is to touch lives forever.’ Then there is the important matter of choosing Teachers’ Day greeting cards. I check the words in my cards very carefully, to make sure they are suited to the teachers for whom they are meant. There is no point in giving a very funny card to a very serious teacher, is there? We pool our money to buy our class teacher a very special present. For our ‘subject teachers’ we buy smaller presents.
On Teachers’ Day, we go to school early to decorate our classrooms, and the best artist in the class writes Happy Teachers’ Day’ on the blackboard in big, bold letters. When the class teacher arrives, the monitor puts a ceremonial scarf around the teacher’s neck, while another pupil presents the gift or gifts. The teacher thanks us and takes his place in the last row among the students. Some bright student, who is dressed up as a teacher for the occasion, conducts a mini-class on a subject that he has chosen. Then the bell rings, and the whole school goes into the hall for the entertainment programme. This lasts for two hours, and by the time it ends, it feels wonderful for a teacher to be a teacher, and a student to be a student!