Teacher’s Day 2023 - Know Its Date, History, Significance, And More

Teacher’s Day, observed on the 5th of September, is an annual celebration in India. On this auspicious day, Indians recall the importance of teachers in their life along with their hard work that helps shape the future of the country. Further, Indians celebrate this day as Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s birth anniversary. Apart from being the former Indian President, he was a teacher, scholar, and promoter of education in India.

Teacher’s Day 2023 Date

Like previous years, Teacher’s Day will be observed on 5 September this year. It will fall on Tuesday. Indians will celebrate the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the former President of India. He was a true advocate of education in India.

Teacher’s Day 2023 History

Teacher’s Day that we (Indians) observe on the 5th of September every year is a good occasion to pay a heartfelt tribute to our teachers. Our teachers are the ones who guided us to become good citizens while getting essential and specific education. In addition to honoring teachers, Teacher’s Day, 5 September, is Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s birth anniversary. Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was the 2nd President of India. The celebration of Teacher’s Day started on the 5th of September 1962 and has been upheld thereafter.  

Apart from being a teacher, scholar, politician, and philosopher, Dr Sarvepalli Radha Krishnan was a Bharat Ratna award recipient. In his entire life, we worked for the cause of education and nurtured the youth of India. After completing his education at doctorate level, he taught students at Calcutta University and Mysore University. Further, he worked as the Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University, Andhra University, and Banaras Hindu University. Some students requested him to celebrate his birth anniversary on 5 September in 1962. At that time, he said, “Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if September 5 is observed as Teacher’s Day”.  

Teacher’s Day 2023 Significance / Why Do We Celebrate Teacher’s Day

Teacher’s Day falls on 5 September each year. It is basically an annual celebration at schools, colleges, universities, and allied educational institutions across the country. On this day, students honor their teachers for the instructions and guidance they receive from them (teachers). Through specific performances, shows, and plays, students make their teachers feel great and special on this day. Some of his former students reached out to Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and requested him to celebrate his birthday on 5 September as he assumed his office as the President of India in 1962. He told students to observe his birthday as Teacher’s Day if they really wished to celebrate his birthday. And from that day, it has been a tradition to celebrate Teacher’s day on the 5th of September each year.

Teacher’s Day in Other Countries

Apart from India, countries across the world celebrate Teacher’s Day on different dates. Here is a list of countries with their Teacher’s Day dates:
Indonesia - 25 November - the birthday of the Indonesian Teachers Association
Singapore - 1st Friday of September -
China - 10 September
Russia - 1st Sunday of October
USA - 1st full week of May
Thailand - 16 January
Iran - 2 May
Turkey - 24 November
Malaysia - Hari Guru in Malay language - 16 May
World Teachers’ Day/International Teachers’ Day - 5 October - Mongolia, Myanmar, Netherlands, Cameroon, Nigeria, Bulgaria, Germany, Canada, Estonia, Macedonia, Lithuania, Kuwait, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Serbia, United Arab Emirates, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Maldives, Bangladesh, and Mauritius   

Famous Quotes on Teacher’s Day

"The true teachers are those who help us think for ourselves." - Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
“Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students." – Charles Kuralt
“Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well." – Aristotle
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." – Albert Einstein  

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