Children’s Day to fall on a public holiday this year
While Children’s Day, celebrated on November 14 every year, is falling on a public holiday this year, Mumbai schools are observing it on different days, with some of them skipping it altogether. Few schools will remain open on Saturday to celebrate.
Even the state and central governments are not emphasising on Children’s Day celebrations. Instead, they asked schools to observe November 11 as National Education Day to pay tribute to Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad, India’s first education minister.
Schools will be shut on Monday on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti. By doing this, schools are breaking the tradition of recognising Jawaharlal or Chacha Nehru, independent India’s first prime minister’s birthday on November 14 as Children’s Day.
St Mary’s School (ICSE), Mazgaon, held advanced celebrations on Friday with teachers and students putting up a performance for the students. HVB Global Academy, Marine Lines will hold a charity event for underprivileged kids on Saturday.
“We are usually shut on Saturdays, but today will be an exception so that we can observe Children’s Day,” said Chandrakanta Pathak, principal, HVB Global Academy. “Being a weekend it’s convenient for students and parents.”
In contrast, few schools like Utpal Shanghvi Public School, Juhu and Sacred Heart School, Kalyan will pass over the festivities this time. “We are not working on November 14 so we are not celebrating it this year,” said Rakhi Mukherjee, principal, Utpal Shanghvi Public School. While, Albin Anthony, COO, Sacred Heart School, said, “There will not be a Children’s Day in our school as our chairman is seriously ill.”
Most other schools will celebrate after November 14. RN Podar School, Santacruz, will host a carnival for students on November 27. Campion School, Fort, will celebrate after two weeks. Bombay Scottish School, Powai and Rajhans Vidayalaya, Andheri will mark the day on November 15.