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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Teachers day in India

Indian culture, tradition and practices # 7

Education is hugely important in India. Our parents insist that we do nothing more important than studying hard. So you can imagine how important our teachers become in India??

In 1962, a teacher, great philosopher, and our former President Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was approached by his friends to celebrate his birthday, he suggested to them to celebrate his birthday on September 5th as "Teachers Day" to respect the teaching community.

On September 5th, whole India celebrates "Teachers day" to recognize, honour and celebrate the teaching community . Schools organize different kinds of activities to enable greater interaction between the students and teachers. My favorite activity is swapping places. Students become teachers and teachers become students. Teachers sit with the other students in the classroom while one of the student takes a lesson.

Some schools have entertainment programs, recognition, food, and picnics organized on this day. With the TV and Internet became so easily available now in India, activities also became more modern yet less interactive.

We have state and national level best teacher awards that are given away on this day by the respective authority of the state and the country.

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