5 September-Why is Celebrated as Teacher’s Day


The true teachers are those who help us think for ourselves.”

                                                        – Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan


A teacher plays a very important in carving future of a child, and also plays the role of second parents in school.

In India, every year “Teacher’s day” is celebrated on 5th September to pay tribute and as a mark of accolade to the role played by all the teachers in the society.

5th September  is also the birth anniversary of one of the great reformer and mentor Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan. He was born on 5th September 1888.

Why do we celebrate Teacher’s Day on 5 September only?

This question comes to everyone’s mind. As, when teachers play so much important role, then why only 5 September is celebrated as the teachers day in India.

Actually, 5 September marks the birth anniversary of Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan who had a lot of hands in the social welfare and education reformation. He was of noble character and was respected a lot among his students and other great leaders of the time.

Once upon a time students of Radhakrishnan insisted him to celebrate his birthday. But Dr. Sarvepalli suggested them,’Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if 5 September is observed as Teachers’ Day.’

Since then Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s birthday is celebrated as Teachers’ Day in India.

He was not only the first vice president and second president of India but also a great teacher, scholar and philosopher.

Gratitude to all the teachers

Teacher’s Day is celebrated to show gratitude and acknowledge the role of teachers in our life. A teacher plays a pivotal role in molding personality of a person. Though in the era of technology , paradigm has been shifted to digital learning but that cannot undermine the importance of teachers in our life.

All that is available on the internet is not correct. It is unable to make a person think rationally. Only a critical mind can create a rational soul. A Good teacher has blessed with a power to create a mind has the ability to think critically, analyse, learn the capability of distinguishing between right and wrong and can lead a person to attain ethical enlightenment.

“If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.”

                                                                              – Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

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