Unknown Facts about Teacher’s Day
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On this eve of Teacher’s Day, I would like to share some amazing facts which everyone should know. Teachers are the representative of God who holds our hand and introduces us to the World and it’s all aspects. A Teacher can be in any form, it can be your Parents, School Masters and Madams, College and University Professors, your Tutor, your Elder Brother and Sister and your Senior Family Members who teaches you and makes you get acquainted with many different phases and facts of life. At times they make to learn yourself from life and sometimes they provide basic knowledge to you. And since childhood, we all are accustomed to this person named “TEACHER” and the same era is continued by us too when we grow up. Since ages even when Teacher’s Day was not celebrated we used to have our “Guru Purnima” the age old heritage to show our respect to academic and spiritual teachers.
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Traditional Teacher’s Day as per Hindu Mythology
As per Hindu Mythology and Budhha Manuscripts, Guru Purnima was and is celebrated in India, Nepal and some other Asian countries by Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists. This day is celebrated on a full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashadha which falls in June or July. As per Yogic Lore, Guru Purnima is celebrated when Lord Shiva became the Adi Guru. As per Buddhist history, this was the day when Gautam Buddha after getting enlightened, he taught his five former companions and made them enlightened too by providing his first sermon on this day. According to Jainism on this day Mahavira after attaining Kaivalya made his first disciple. In Nepal, this day is mainly celebrated as Teachers Day also known as Treenok Guha Purnima.
Teacher’s Day in different Parts of the World
Teacher’s Day is celebrated in different parts of the world with the same motif to pay tribute to the teachers who act as philosophers of our life. But the interesting fact is this day is celebrated at different dates in different parts of the World. Initially, World Teacher’s Day was celebrated on 7th September. But since 1994 UNESCO has started observing Teacher’s Day on 5th September. Every country has its own story behind the celebration of Teacher’s Day. Now let’s see how different it is celebrated in various parts of the world:
In Russia, Teacher’s Day is celebrated on first Sunday of October, this was during 1965-1994, but since 1994 they are observing 5th September as Teacher’s Day as UNESCO has declared.
In USA Teacher’s Day was celebrated on Tuesday of first full week of May. The whole week of May is celebrated as Teacher’s Week.
In Iran Teacher’s Day is celebrated on May 2 in the memory of Iranian professor Ayatollah Morteza Motahhari, who was assassinated on May 2, 1980.
In China, Teacher’s Day was started by National Central University in 1931 on August 27, Confucius’s birthday. On 1985, People’s Republic of China shifted it to September 10.
In Thailand Teacher’s Day is celebrated on 16th January as National Teacher’s Day since 1956 which was decided by the government resolution.
In Malaysia, Teacher’s Day was celebrated on 16th May and is known as Hari Guru.
In Turkey 24th November is celebrated as Teacher’s Day.
In India, 5th September is celebrated as Teacher’s Day. This day is the birthday of former President Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. His students used to love him so much and wanted to celebrate this day, but he requested to celebrate it by honoring the teachers. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan used to believe that “teachers should be the best minds in the country”.
Teacher’s Day is the occasion to pay tribute to all the teachers who have always stood as a backbone for their students. A good Teacher is he ideal Friend, Philosopher, and Guide.
R- Respectable PERSON in our life.
Today I am taking this opportunity to dedicate my love and respect for all my teachers, my parents, my maternal and paternal relatives, my elder brothers and sisters, my managers, my directors whoever have taught me in life at some point in time. I would also like to thank all people who while imparting their knowledge to their juniors or siblings at some stage of life have set an example of being an ideal teacher.