Monday, September 03, 2007

Teacher's Day: Celebrations

Teacher's Day: Celebrations

5th September is just two day away and every year our country is celebrating this birthday of educationist Sarvapalli Radhakrishan as the teacher's day. We all know that on this day teacher's are being felicitated though the whole year they remain side lined and ignored. From village level to state and National level teachers are felicitated with the "Best Teacher" award and that marks the end of celebrations.
It will be interesting to know how this day is celebrated in the other parts of the globe. A few illustration of the celebration styles of the day, which I came to know are

The Teachers' Day was founded at National Central University in 1931. It was adopted by the central government of Republic of China in 1932. In 1939, the day was set on August 27, Confucius's birthday. People's Republic of China government abrogated it in 1951. It was reestablished in 1985, and the day was changed to September 10. Now more and more people are trying to revert the Teachers' Day back to Confucius's birthday.

Before the 1994 the day was celebrated on the first Sunday of September but know the celebrations are held on 5th October.

In the united state the day is celebrated on the Tuesday of the first full week of May, but it is not an official holiday there.

on November 21, 1956, government of Thailand passed a resolution for the celebration of the teacher's day and The first Teachers' Day was celebrated on January 16, 1957.

In Iran, Teacher's Day is celebrated on May 2. It commemorates the assassination day of Iranian professor Ayatollah Morteza Motahhari on May 2, 1980.

In Turkey, Teacher's Day is celebrated on 24th of November. Kemal Atatürk dedicated November 24th to teachers. There is no holiday on this day.

In Malaysia, May 16th is celebrated as Teacher's Day. The day is a working day.

I just wish to end this, do remember teachers are also human beings composed from the same elements like other human beings and are with same ambitions, enthusiasm, jealousy, desires, dedication, and emotions of love and hate. In this era of physical wants considering them as superman is a kind of injustice with them.

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