Children's Day 2023 [14th November]

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Nov 9, 2023, 12:30

Children's Day in India is celebrated every year on 14th November to commemorate the birth date of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India. Pandit Nehru, or as he is lovingly reminisced by children as Chacha Nehru, loved children and considered them the gems of a bright, successful India. Therefore, his birth date is celebrated as Children's Day.

Nehru believed that a nurturing environment for children today would produce the most outstanding leaders and flagbearers of future India in the future. On Children's Day, we honor the great man and his efforts to provide for the well-being of all children. Learn more about this day and its history here.

Children’s Day 2023

Jawahar Lal Nehru's contributions to the field of child development encouraged the people of India to celebrate his birth anniversary as Children's Day. So, 14th November is the day designated to pay tribute to Chacha Nehru. Nehru famously said, "The children of today will make the India of tomorrow. The way we bring them up will determine the future of the country."

Event Name

Children’s Day

Celebrated On

14th November

Established By

Government of India

Aim of the Day

To commemorate the birth of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru

When is Children’s Day?

There is much ambiguity regarding the original Children’s Day date. Many different countries celebrate this day on different days. Officially 1st June is recognized as International Children's Day, and 20th November is observed as World Children’s Day. Here are all the details about these dates:

Children’s Day India

International Children’s Day

World Children’s Day

It is celebrated on 14th November.

It is celebrated on 1st June.

It is celebrated on 20th November.

Children’s Day India is celebrated on a national level.

International Children’s Day is celebrated in many Communist and post-Communist countries.

World Children’s Day is celebrated on an international level.

It marks the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru.

It commemorates the anniversary of the Geneva World Conference on Child Welfare.

It commemorates the Declaration of the Rights of the Child by the UN General Assembly.

It was first celebrated in 1957.

It was first celebrated in 1950.

It was first celebrated in 1959.

History of Children’s Day India

Between 1947 and 1954, Children's Day was observed on 20th November every year. However, to honor the efforts of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru in uplifting children, India celebrated Children's Day on the birth anniversary of Nehru for the first time on 14th November 1957, following a government edict on official notice. Since then, 14th November has been observed as Children's Day in India every year.

About Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru

  • Nehru was a strict advocate of children's education and professed that every child in India should be educated.
  • He believed that there should not be any inequities in education for privileged and underprivileged children.
  • He proposed that underprivileged children should receive free and fair education and free meals every day for the holistic development of their minds and bodies.
  • Nehru attempted to put these dreams on paper and, as a result, established the legendary Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), and the Indian Institute of Management( IIM). Even today, these prominent educational institutions produce the most efficient and learned candidates in India.

Nehru and his Love for Children

Nehru was loved by children and was known as “Chacha Nehru” to children. Throughout his life, Nehru worked to provide for the education and representation of the children of the nation. Thus, we celebrate Children's Day every year on Pandit Nehru's birthday to appreciate the future gems of our county and ensure their complete nurturing and development through education and nutrition.

Since underprivileged families find it almost impossible to make ends meet, let alone provide their children with education because of poverty, Jawaharlal Nehru wanted to do away with these barriers and advocated free primary education for all children. To commemorate these efforts, we celebrate Children’s Day on his birthday.

Children's Day Date

A request for a change of Children’s Day date was made by sixty BJP MPs in 2018. They wanted 26th December instead of 14th November to be designated as Children’s Day and appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the same. 26th December was the day when the younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh attained martyrdom. The MPs recommended that 14th November be celebrated as “Chacha Diwas.”

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FAQs on Children's Day

Q1. When is Children’s Day celebrated?

Children’s Day is celebrated on 14th November every year in India. This day is celebrated on a national level to commemorate the birth anniversary of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. On the international level, World Children’s Day is celebrated on 1st June.

Q2. Who announced 14th November as Children's Day?

The government of India announced the birth date of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, 14th November, as Children’s Day to honor the man and his love towards children. The first Children’s Day was celebrated in 1948 as “Flower Day.”

Q3. Why is Children's Day celebrated?

Children's Day is celebrated to commemorate the birth date of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. This day is also observed to celebrate children, whom Nehru called the “gems of the nation.” Children’s Day is an annual national observation and it is celebrated on 14th November in India.

Q4. Why was Nehru's birth anniversary celebrated as Children's Day in India?

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was a strict advocate of children's education and professed that every child in India should be educated. His contributions to child development encouraged the celebration of 14th November as Children's Day.

Q5. How to celebrate Children’s Day?

Children’s Day is about celebrating every child. On this day, schools and organizations conduct several interactive activities for children to participate in, such as essay writing, speech competition, drawing competitions, etc.