Why We Celebrate Teacher’s Day on 05 September
Every year we celebrate teacher’s day on 05 September, but do we know its significance and history? This is a day to express the love and gratitude we feel towards those who have taught us in life, from school teachers to college professors to our tutors or trainers in fields other than academics.
We celebrate this day on 5th of September because this is birthdate of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. He was the first Vice President and the second President of India. Teacher’s day is celebrated on his birth anniversary. He was a respected Academic before he got into politics. Dr Radhakrishnan was a Professor at many colleges and even represented the University of Calcutta at the Congress of the Universities of the British Empire and the International Congress of Philosophy at Harvard University.
Before he entered politics, he was Principal at Harris Manchester College, Oxford and would lecture the University of Oxford students on Comparative Religion.
It is said that when Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan became President of India, some old students and friends asked him to allow celebrating his birthday. But he responded to this appeal by saying that instead of celebrating my birthday, remember this day as teachers day. Since then this day is celebrated as teacher’s day.