Teachers' Day 2022: History, Significance, Celebration and Key Facts

Teachers' Day 2022 is observed in India on September 5 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Read here for detail.
Teachers' Day 2022
Teachers' Day 2022

Teachers Day 2022: There is no doubt that being a teacher is a noble profession that deserves an equal amount of love and respect as any other profession. Teachers' Day 2022 in India is celebrated every year on September 5 to mark the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. He was a former President of India, scholar, philosopher and Bharat Ratna recipient. On Teachers' Day 2022, students all over the country pay respect and tribute to their teachers. In some schools, special programs are also organised to celebrate Teachers' Day on September 5.  Teachers' Day 2022 is a reminder of the role that teachers play in nation-building by guiding and educating the brightest minds of our country. 

On Teachers' Day 2022, read more about the history, significance, and why Teachers' Day is celebrated in India on September 5. 

Teachers' Day 2022: When was the first time Teachers Day was celebrated?

Teachers' Day is celebrated in India every year on September 5 to mark the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. The greatest teacher and scholar of India. Teachers' Day in India is observed to celebrate his work and his drive for education. The first Teachers' Day in India was marked on September 5, 1962, which was his 77th birthday. 

Why do we celebrate Teachers' Day on September 5?

Teachers' Day in India is celebrated on 5th September to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. He was a renowned scholar, recipient of Bharat Ratna, first Vice-President, and second President of independent India. He was born on 5 September 1888. As an educationist, he was an advocate of edification and was a distinguished envoy, academician, and above all a great teacher.

As the common adage goes, the future of a country lies in the hands of its children, and teachers, as mentors, can mold students into future leaders who shape the destiny of India. They play an important role in our lives in helping us become successful in careers and businesses. They help us to become good human beings, a better member of society, and an ideal citizen of the country. Teacher’s Day is celebrated to acknowledge the challenges, hardships, and special roles that teachers play in our lives. 

Teachers'Day 2022: What is the Significance?

Teachers Day is one such event to which students and teachers equally look forward. The Day is important for the students as it gives them a chance to understand the efforts put in by their teachers to ensure that they get a proper education. Similarly, teachers also look forward to the Teachers’ Day celebration as their efforts get recognised and honoured by students and other agencies as well.

Why is Teachers Day celebrated on 5 September?

Teachers should be respected and honoured. In India, on the eve of Teachers' Day, i.e. on 5 September, the National Teachers Awards are given to the meritorious teachers by the President of India. The awards are conferred as public gratitude to praiseworthy teachers working in primary schools, middle schools, and secondary schools.

Even according to our Prime Minister Narendra ModiTeaching is not a profession, a way of life”. Teaching is not a profession but Jeevan Dharm (a way of life) and asked teachers to understand changes happening across the world so that they can prepare the new generation to face them. In fact, it is a divine responsibility to guide and enlighten. He also said that India should regain the status of Vishwaguru(leader in education) by giving high respect to teachers whom he asked to encourage students to think critically about issues concerning the nation. "Teachers determination and sincerity will shape the destiny of the nation as they are laying the foundation and the building blocks of the society".

Who are Teachers?

Teachers nourish and prepare students for their future as they are the real icon of knowledge and wisdom. They create awareness among the students and common people. They are the source of light in the world that has been darkened due to ignorance. Our teachers are the true pillars of our success. They help us garner knowledge, improve our skills, grow confidence as well as help us to choose the right path to success. But, despite playing such a crucial role in the lives of students and in nation-building, they rarely are shown the gratitude that they deserve. So, as a student, it is our duty to thank them at least once a year and Teachers’ Day gives us an ideal opportunity to do so!.

As it is rightly said that:


In addition to their own teachers and mentors, 5th September is also a day when a person can look back, and be inspired by the life and works of  Dr. S. Radhakrishnan. Dr. Radhakrishnan hailed from a small city boy and with the help of education, he became an esteemed politician and a visionary educationist.

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Dr. S. Radhakrishnan is one of the most renowned writers in contemporary India. He has made significant contributions to a variety of subjects starting from theoretical, theological, moral, instructive, communal, and enlightening subjects. He wrote several articles to many recognised journals which are of great importance. 

Teachers' Day 2022: History

Dr. Radhakrishnan became President of India in 1962. He was approached by some of his friends and students who requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday on 5 September. Dr. S. Radhakrishnan responded, "Instead of observing my birthday discretely, it would be my pompous privilege if 5th September is scrutinised as Teachers' Day". Such a request coming from the President of India clearly showcased Dr. S. Radhakrishnan's affection and dedication for teachers. From then onwards, India celebrates Teachers' Day on 5th September.

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On Teachers Day, students hold different activities to entertain teachers at schools and colleges. These activities include singing competitions, dance competitions, recitations of poems, mimicry of teachers, lots of games children play with teachers, plan a picnic, offer gifts, and at last, they thank teachers by expressing their gratitude.

Teachers Day is a great occasion for celebrating and enjoying the relationship between teachers and students. So, try to meet your teachers on the day and convey your wishes. If they are far then send them a message and make their day memorable.


It is rightly said that Teaching is not a service, profession, or job. It is a pillar of society.

Also, Read

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When is Teachers' Day celebrated in India?

Teachers' Day is celebrated in India every year on September 5.

Why Teachers' Day is celebrated?

Teachers' Day is celebrated in India to mark the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

When was the first Teachers' Day celebrated in India?

First Teachers' Day in India was celebrated in 1962.
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