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Teacher’s Day is a day observed in honor of the teachers. All countries and religions of the world hold teachers in high esteem. This finds expression as Teacher’s Day festival.
A teacher plays a memorable role in an individual’s life. While the parents bring up the child, the teacher guides him in developing a sound intellect. Thus, under the benign care of the teacher, young people grow into mature adults. A teacher is not only an educator but can even be a developer of a skill or the coach of a sport. Whatever be his or her role, tradition regards the teacher as the Guru or the preceptor and places the teacher on a high pedestal. Even celebrated sportsmen, who perform great feats at international levels, give to their coaches, all the credit for their achievements.
Teacher’ day differs from other similar occasions, as different countries celebrate it on different days. Since 1994, International Teachers’ Day is being celebrated on October 5 as declared by the UN.
This worldwide Teacher’s Day celebration is held to support the organizations of teachers and recognize their contributions to various fields. Some countries like the UK and Russia follow this practice. However, our country observes September 5 as Teacher’s Day. Statesman, philosopher and former President of India Dr. S. Radhakrishnan was born on this day in 1888. This eminent personality was essentially a professor and a teacher and hence, since 1962, his birthday is being observed as Teacher’s day.
Educational institutions organize events on this day in honor of teachers, recollecting their services and highlighting their importance. However, our tradition always remembers teachers or Gurus with gratitude. Guru Purnima is celebrated in Ashada month (June–July) on the full Moon day to express gratitude towards our ancient seers, gurus, and preceptors.