Teachers’ Day – A Great Tribute to Teachers
The teacher is called“Guru” as “Gu” means darkness and “Ru” means light in Sanskrit. The teacher eliminates darkness and provides light by guiding his/her students in a right direction. Shishya, the student is the one who wants to learn from his teacher whole heartedly and with submission. The tradition of respecting teachers in India is not a new thing. India has centuries of history about the relationship of teacher and student.
It has been observed from the era of Ramayana and Mahabharatha. In Ramayana, Rama went along with Vishwamitra when he was a child, to kill demons and save sages from them as per the order of his teacher. The relationship of Dronacharya and Arjuna is not forgettable by anyone who knows the story of Mahabharatha. Another story of Ekalavya is also a great motivational story who was a self-learned studentusing the image of his admired teacher. He also remained in the history for his devotion towards his teacher by offering his thumb to Drona. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Vivekananda are also famous for their teacher and student relationship. There are many more people famous for this relationship in Indian history.
Each country celebrates Teachers’ Day to appreciate and honour teachers on their chosen dates. Furthermore, World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on October 5 each year with the aim to support teachers so they will satisfy the needs of future generations.In India, Teachers’ day has been celebrated since 1962 on September 5 which is the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the 2nd President of India.
After he became President, he was asked by his students and friends to allow them to celebrate his birthday. He replied them that it would be a great privilege to him if his birthday is celebrated as Teachers’ Day rather than his birthday. Since then, his birthday has been celebrated as Teachers’ Day in India.
In India, Teachers’ Day is celebrated in all educational institutions especially schools and college with great respect and devotion towards their teachers. They give greetings, flowers and fruits, and gifts to their admired teachers and seek their blessings. Teachers also enjoy this very much as they are appreciated for their dedication and hard work to mould their students as good citizens.