An Enlightening Insight into the History

A teacher is a beacon of light for all those who wish to walk the path of wisdom; a banyan tree under whose shade the soul finds comfort; a friend in the days of storm and calm. Thus, a teacher is everything from a motivator to supporter to nurturer. In a lifetime, standing next to the parents, teachers mold the lives of children in glorious ways. 

To venerate their dedication, art, and altruism–Teacher’s Day is celebrated. Since childhood, we all have been celebrating teachers day on 5th September every year. Have you ever wondered why? Perhaps, yes! But, still, are oblivious to the great significance of this fact. 

Thus, we bring you a historical piece about the teacher’s day, worth a read. 

The noble idea of celebrating teacher’s day to accolade their edifying contribution to society took root in the 19th century across the globe. The history of teachers day dates back to this time when educators like Horace Mann in the United States championed the cause of public education and emphasized the role of teachers in shaping society. The concept gradually spread to other parts of the world, symbolizing gratitude towards those who dedicate their lives to imparting knowledge and values. In India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s birthday, which falls on 5th September is celebrated as Teacher’s Day. As we celebrate this Day, we not only honour the teacher day history, but also recognize the enduring influence they have on generations and the foundation they lay for a better future.

Let’s unfold why? 

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was a noted envoy & academician, a staunch believer, and advocator of education, the first vice president of India, a distinguished teacher, and above all a great human being. After he resumed his office as the second president of India in 1962, his students were eager to celebrate his birthday as “ Radhakrishnan Day.” However, he proposed “ Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if 5th September is observed as Teacher’s Day” because he was of the opinion that “ Teachers should be the best mind in the country.”

In 1965, some of the prominent and beloved students of Late Radhakrishnan organized a gathering to pay obeisance to that illustrious figure of repute. In that gathering, an emphasis was laid on honoring his birth anniversary as Teacher’s Day to pay homage to all the teachers. Ever since then, the birthday anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan is observed as Teacher’s day all over the country.

Talking about the history of teachers day in India, Dr. Radhakrishnan’s proposal to celebrate September 5th as Teacher’s Day was met with widespread enthusiasm and acceptance. This commemoration not only honours Dr. Radhakrishnan’s remarkable contributions but also underscores the importance of education in nurturing the intellect and character of generations to come. The celebration has evolved over time, with schools and colleges across India organizing special events, lectures, and cultural programs to pay homage to teachers. It’s a day when students express their gratitude and respect for their mentors, recognizing the guidance and knowledge they receive. Teacher’s Day has become a platform to emphasize the significance of lifelong learning and the exchange of wisdom between educators and learners. In this collective expression of reverence, Dr. Radhakrishnan’s legacy lives on, inspiring both teachers and students to strive for excellence.

Acknowledging the Architect Of Our Lives– The Teacher’s 

Undoubtedly teachers are the cornerstone of our future. From imparting knowledge to making us responsible citizens, teacher’s lay a foundation for a brighter tomorrow. Thus, we uphold them in the highest regard and celebrate them. Teacher’s day is also acknowledged by UNESCO. 

Every Year on 5th September, the government of India gives public recognition to meritorious teachers working in primary and secondary schools of the country by gracing them with National Award. 

In schools and universities across India, an elaborate celebratory spectacle is organized by students in the reverence of the lovely teachers. Some of the traditional methods include senior students posing as teachers, dramatic and dance performances, and presenting the mentor with a token of love and respect such as flowers, greeting cards, and gifts. Going unconventional, some students sweetly ring in the day with teacher’s day cake embellished with hearty messages. On the whole, the teacher’s day is celebrated with sheer enthusiasm and zeal by the students. 

To all the teacher’s in the world, without your blessings and love, we are nothing. 

So, we hope you had a wonderful time reading this blog on teacher day history. Celebrate this day to the fullest!

Happy Teacher’s Day!!