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Teachers Day Celebration - Teachers Appreciation Day

Updated on January 27, 2020
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Teacher's Day 2020

In India, Teachers' day is celebrated on the 5th September every year, the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the 2nd President of India.


What Is Teachers' Day - About Teachers' Day

Teachers' day is a day that is celebrated to appreciate and honor teachers for their contribution to society as well as imparting knowledge, guiding and shaping the minds and careers of students.

Teachers play a major role in influencing and moulding a child's life as children in their formative and impressionable years spend a lot of time at school. Whatever a child learns at this time stays with him all his life.

This day is also celebrated as Teachers' Appreciation day and National Teachers day.

The celebration of this day took roots in the 20th Century. In India, teachers' day is celebrated on the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the second President of India. who was a thinker, philosopher, academician, diplomat, scholar but above all a teacher.

Dr. S. Radhakrishnan

Dr. S. Radhakrishnan whose birthday is celebrated as Teacher's Day in India
Dr. S. Radhakrishnan whose birthday is celebrated as Teacher's Day in India | Source

In 1962, when Dr. Radhakrishnan became the President, he was approached by some of his students and friends who wished to celebrate his birthday.
He told them, "Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if 5 September is observed as Teachers' Day."
From that day, his birthday is being celebrated as Teachers' day.

Though teachers' day celebrations are undertaken in almost all countries, the dates are different since this day either celebrates a prominent educator in the country or a milestone achieved in the field of education.

The Celebrations

On this day, it is school as usual for children but with a difference. There are no studies, no classes are held and none of the usual activities are carried out.

Instead, there are big preparations for this much awaited day. The celebrations start off with the Teachers' day speech and thanks followed by cultural programmes, some other activities and a feast. Teachers are presented, bouquets, teachers' day cards, gifts, momentos, etc, as a token of gratitude.

Today, it is common to send teachers' day SMS and e greetings to teachers.

Some Teachers' Day Appreciation Ideas

A few interesting ways in which teachers can be appreciated are given below.

  • Make them feel important

By way of small personal notes, emails or letters, students can show teachers how highly they are respected, regarded and loved.

  • Welcoming them

Try welcoming them with a shower of flower petals. a musical band playing as they come in or by giving them flower bouquets on their arrival.

  • Momentos

Present them with some gift items specially made for this occasion like mugs, school bags, t-shirts having the teachers' name printed on them. This will make them very happy.

  • Organize a Party

In honor of teachers a small party can be arranged, along with some music, dance and food.

A Few Famous Teachers' Day Quotes

Some teachers' day quotes by famous personalities are :

"The best teacher is one who suggests rather than dogmatizes and inspires his listeners with the wish to teach himself" - Edward Bulwer-Lytton.

"A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others" - Anonymous.

"What a teacher is, is more important than what he teaches" - Karl Menninger.

"Good teachers are costly but bad teachers cost more" - Bob Talbert.

"Teaching is not a lost art, the regard for it is a lost tradition" - Jacques Barzun.

"Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these give only life, those the art of living well" - Aristotle.

A Brief Life Sketch Of Dr. S. Radhkrishnan

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born on 5 September 1888. He was born in a poor brahmin family of Tamil Nadu, South India.

Radhakrishnan was awarded scholarships throughout his academic life, He graduated in 1906 with a Master's degree in Philosophy from the Madras Christian college. His choice of study was thrust upon him, as he was passed on philosophy books by his cousin who graduated before him. Providence had automatically decided his academic choice.

Soon thereafter he developed a keen interest in philosophy and went on to write a number of acclaimed books on both Eastern & Western philosophy.
He also wrote many articles for journals like ; The Quest, Journal of Philosophy and International Journal of Ethics.

Some Eminent Positions In Career Held By Dr. S. Radhakrishnan

  • 1918 - Selected Professor of Philosophy, University of Mysore.
  • 1921 - Professor of Philosophy - University of Calcutta.
  • 1926 - Represented University of Calcutta at the Congress of the Universities of the British Empire &
    The International Congress of Philosophy at Harvard University.
  • 1929 - Invited to deliver the Hibbert Lecture at Harris, Manchester College, Oxford.
  • 1931-36 - Vice Chancellor of Andhra University
  • 1936 - Named Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions & Ethics at The University of Oxford.
    Elected Fellow of All Souls college.
  • 1939-1948 - Vice Chancellor of Banares Hindu University.
  • 1946-1952 - Represented India at UNESCO.
  • 1949-1952 - Ambassador of India to the Soviet Union.
  • 1952 - Elected 1st Vice President of India, continued till 1962.
  • 1962- 1967 - President of India.

Some Awards Received By Dr. S. Radhakrishnan

  • 1931 - Knighted by George V.
  • 1938 - Fellow of the British Academy.
  • 1954 - Bharat Ratna awarded by the Indian Government.
  • 1961 - Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.
  • 1963 - Order Of Merit.
  • 1975 - Templeton Prize. He donated the entire amount to Oxford University.

Also from 1933 to 1937, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize for literature for 5 consecutive years, though he did not win it.

Some of Dr Radhakrishnan's Famous Sayings

Dr Radhakrisnan authored over a dozen books from 1923 to 1968. Several books have been on Dr. Radhkrishnan himself, by both Indian as well as foreign writers.

His well known commentary on the Upanishads, the Bhagwad Gita & the Brahma sutra, the ancient Hindu religious texts was :

" It is not God that is worshipped but the authority that claims to speak in His name. Sin becomes disobedience to authority not violation of integrity".

Some of his famous quotes are:

"Reading a book gives us the habit of solitary reflection and true enjoyment"

"When we think we learn, we cease to know"

"A literary genius, it is said, resembles all, though no one resembles him"

Dr S. Radhakrishnan died on 17 April 1975.

Teachers' Day

Biography Of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly


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      5 years ago

      this is a realy nice page, Because I think through this page people will be remember obout teacher's day

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      6 years ago

      nice, interesting and learning

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Glad to know that Teachers day is celebrated in as much as the same way as it is done here. Thanks for reading, Paul and of course voting and sharing it all the way.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      7 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand


      This is really a great interesting hub, and I learned a lot about India's Teachers Day and Dr. Radhakrishnan. In Thailand we have a Teachers Day celebrated during the first week of June and a Teachers Day which is held around January 18. The days are celebrated almost the same way you do. Voted up and sharing with followers, on Facebook, and Pinning.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Hi pinappu,

      You are very right. With the scenes in parliament being what they are these days, these guys ought to go to school once again.

      Thanks for reading and sharing.

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      7 years ago from India

      A great hub about a great man. Unfortunately, India still needs teachers at the parliament today to teach the MPs how to behave.

      Cool work: shared with my followers.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Hi Rebecca,

      I'm glad you liked the write up the teachers day, its origin & celebrations as held in India. I wish all countries had a day to thank teachers for their contribution to the society at large, and, this is no mean contribution. I do hope this hub has appealed as much to them as it has to you.

      Thanks for the very kind comments.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      7 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      It is good to know that India also has a teacher's day. Being an educator myself, I like the September date. Here in the U.S it is in May and often coincides with Mother's Day week. Thanks for sharing this! HubPages seems to have a lot of teachers, current and retired. I am sure you touched their hearts.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      @ thelyricwriter - Teachers deserve appreciation at the least for the efforts they put in to mould students. I'm glad you appreciate this. I wish this is done in countries that don't honor their teachers as yet.

      I'm glad you liked this information. Thank you.

      @ GTF - Thank you, I'm happy my hubs are liked by friends like you. Appreciate your visit.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      8 years ago

      I've said this before with your hubs, but I will again. I love your hubs because they teach me something about a different culture and I think it is so important to learn about everything. It's also a lot of fun to learn about new things, at least for me! Awesome hub my friend!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Rajan, this was a great article. Enjoyed it very much. Radhakrishnan truly made many differences for India. Personally, I believe our teachers all over the world deserve such a day. In most locations, they are under paid and under funded. I live in America and I can't remember them ever having an entire day built around them. Glad to know in India they show them the proper attention that they deserve. Voting this up, useful, and interesting Rajan. Great work my friend.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Girish, appreciate your sparing time to read and comment. Thank you.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Rema, I fully endorse your views. Teachers have a major role in moulding our children's character. The role reversal on this day is indeed a fun activity and a part of the celebrations.

      Thanks for liking the hub and voting as well as passing it on.

      Have a good day.

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      Girish puri 

      8 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Great share and of course a great consideration for teachers, votes up.

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      Rema T V 

      8 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Rajan,

      A truly wonderful hub clearly detailing the Teachers' Day Celebrations in our country. In Chennai, Teachers' Day is celebrated with great pomp and show. My daughter being in the eleventh grade and a senior student is already into preparing for the D Day. Not only do the students entertain the teachers with their performance but the teachers put up dance, song and skits and enjoy themselves and entertain the students.

      The best part of it all is that the twelfth grade students become teachers, come to school dressed like their teachers and conduct classes. The school pupil leader acts as the Principal on this day!!

      It is truly a day that the teachers cherish and I encourage my daughter in whatever she does to make this program a success. I respect teachers a lot because they take care of our children who spend most part of their day at school.

      I am very grateful and feel blessed for both my children have had wonderful teachers right from the beginning of their schooling and have been molded into good human beings and I attribute this to the lovely education they have had. I wish Teachers' Day is celebrated in every country as a tribute to teachers for their exemplary service to the society.

      Great hub Rajan. You reflect my views and many others' as well through this hub and thanks for this. Passing it on to all my followers here. Cheers, Rema.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      dwachira, I did not know about Kenya not celebrating this day. I'd also be glad to see teachers being appreciated for their efforts and a day being dedicated to them.

      Nice to see you here and thanks for reading.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Hi Janine,

      Teachers' Day is a big celebration day here in India, I'm glad you appreciate the information. Thanks for reading and also leaving your feedback. Appreciate the votes and sharing.

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      Danson Wachira 

      8 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      That is a great consideration for teachers in India and i hope other countries like Kenya will have a day to recognize teachers and their contribution to the society. I will be surely humbled to have a special day to recognize teachers here. Voted up and useful.

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      Janine Huldie 

      8 years ago from New York, New York

      I honestly loved reading about how Teacher's Day came about in India. Being a teacher by training, I truly found this article fascinating. In the US, Teacher's Day is not as celebrated a day, but honestly sounds like teachers are treated so nicely on this day in your country. Have voted and shared too!!


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