India, Children’s Day is celebrated on 14 November, on the birthday of the first Prime Minister of independent India, who was fondly called Chacha Nehru (Uncle Nehru) or Chachaji (Uncle), and who emphasized the importance of giving love and affection to children, whom he saw as the bright future of India. This day is also known as Bal Diwas
For the progress and development of the youth of India, he had established various educational institutions such as Indian Institutes of Technology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Indian Institutes of Management. The first five-year plan under his stewardship mandated free primary education. He also advocated free meals including milk to the school children to prevent malnutrition. Now several state governments including Karnataka Government have free mid-day meal scheme for all children studying in Government schools . This scheme has been lauded by the World Bank.
Many functions are organized in schools, offices and other organizations. Most schools hold cultural performances on this day, run by the children themselves. Teachers also get involved and may perform songs and dances for their students. On this day, the State and the Central Government also make it a point to showcase children’s films as part of Film festivals organized in many parts of the country. All over the country, various cultural and social institutions conduct competitions for children. Children’s Day is seen as a day for the kids to engage in fun. Children take part in many activities organized for them.
The deep love for Chacha Nehru towards the children is the big reason of celebrating the Children’s Day at his birthday anniversary