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The idea of celebrating Teachers’ Day took root in many countries during the 20th century; in most cases, they celebrate a local educator or an important milestone in education (for example, Argentina has commemorated Domingo Faustino Sarmiento’s death on 11 September since 1915, while India has celebrated the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (5 September) since 1962, although Hindus, Jains and Buddhists have been honouring teachers by celebrating Guru Purnima for centuries. This is the primary reason why countries celebrate this day on different dates, unlike many other International Days.

The government first proclaimed Teachers’ Day in 1985, but has never clearly explained why it should fall on 10 September. Some believe it is due to the similar pronunciation between the word “teacher” (教师 jiao shi) and the two digits 9 (九jiu), 10 (十shi) in the date. Some people believe it was an arbitrary choice and have proposed to change it to 28 September, believed to be the birthdate of Confucius. On 5 September 2013, the State Council announced a legislative draft endorsing the change. If adopted, it would effectively make mainland China and Taiwan share the same Teachers’ Day beginning in 2014. Taiwan has observed 28 September as Teachers’ Day since the 1950s.

Traditional and Vedic Teachers Day Festival is on Guru Purnima according to Indian Calendar, a festival dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers. This festival is traditionally celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Buddhists, in India and Nepal, to pay their respects to their teachers and express their gratitude.

In 1952, the Executive Yuan changed it to September, stating that it was calculated to be the precise date in the Gregorian calendar. The festival celebration occurs in the temples of Confucius around the island, known as the “Grand Ceremony Dedicated to Confucius” (祭孔大典). The ceremony begins at 6am with drum beats. 54 musicians are dressed in robes with blue belts, and 36 (or 64) dancers dressed in yellow with green belts. They are led by Confucius’s chief descendant (currently Kung Tsui-chang) and followed by ceremonial officers. Three animals are sacrificed: a cow, a goat, and a pig. The hairs plucked from these sacrificed animals are called the Hairs of Wisdom. In addition, local education institutes and civil offices award certain teachers for their excellence and positive influence.

A day for homeschool teacher appreciation has been suggested, which several homeschooling groups subsequently organized. A United States “parents as teachers day” has existed on November 8 since the 1970s. While this initially focussed on the role of parents in early-childhood learning, some homeschoolers use it to acknowledge the primacy of the parental role in education.

Various events are arranged in many countries around the world on or around October 5. These include celebrations to honor teachers in general or those who have made a special contribution to a particular community. The day may also be marked by conferences emphasizing the importance of teachers and learning, extra training sessions for teachers, recruitment drives for the teaching profession among university students or other suitably qualified professionals and events to increase the profile of teachers and the role they play in the media.

Moreover, international organizations such as TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Education International organize international, national and local events. In some areas posters are displayed and pupils and ex-pupils are encouraged to send e-cards or letters of appreciation to teachers who made a special or memorable contribution to their education.

On October 5, 1994, the first World Teachers’ Day was held. This event has been organized on the same date each year since then. However, local events may be on some other date close to October 5, so that they do not fall during fall (northern hemisphere) or spring (southern hemisphere) school vacations. In 2002, Canada Post issued a postage stamp to commemorate World Teachers’ Day.

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10 September is an official holiday in China. This day the whole country fetes educators and teachers. This holiday, in its different interpretations, has been existed in China as early as the Middle Ages. Teachers and coaches have always been honored and respected in China. Very often teachers acted as mentors throughout the whole life; especially it is true for the traditional Chinese martial arts.

The modern holiday was awarded a national status on January 21, 1985. The urgent need in this holiday in China was caused by the fact that the “cultural revolution” in China cut the number of intellectual workers – teachers, in particular. The main purpose of introduction of Teacher’s Day as a public holiday, was a Chinese authorities’ desire to increase the prestige of this profession. Since then, on 10 September, the festive events in honor of the specialists of educational sphere are held throughout China every year.

Since the school system in China is based on the Western model, many old traditions in honor of teachers have not been preserved today. For example, in ancient times, the disciples as a sign of respect for teachers wash their feet. Thus, they showed their humility and willingness to submit to and obey their teachers.

HomeChinaHolidaysTeachers’ Day Teacher’s Day – festive date in ChinaTeacher – how deep is meaning of this word 10 September is an official holiday in China. This day the whole country fetes educators and teachers. This holiday, in its different interpretations, has been existed in China as early as the Middle Ages. Teachers and coaches have always been honored and respected in China. Very often teachers acted as mentors throughout the whole life; especially it is true for the traditional Chinese martial arts. The modern holiday was awarded a national status on January 21, 1985. The urgent need in this holiday in China was caused by the fact that the “cultural revolution” in China cut the number of intellectual workers – teachers, in particular. The main purpose of introduction of Teacher’s Day as a public holiday, was a Chinese authorities’ desire to increase the prestige of this profession. Since then, on 10 September, the festive events in honor of the specialists of educational sphere are held throughout China every year. This day China holds meetings and festival events. Awards ceremonies are taking place very often. Pupils give flowers and gifts to their mentors. Thousands of schoolchildren and students thank their teachers for their important work. Since the school system in China is based on the Western model, many old traditions in honor of teachers have not been preserved today. For example, in ancient times, the disciples as a sign of respect for teachers wash their feet. Thus, they showed their humility and willingness to submit to and obey their teachers. Teacher’s Day in today’s China has become one of the most important festive dates. Holidays Spring FestivalYouth DayChildren’s DayZhongqiu HolidayTeachers’ DayArmy DayLabor DayQingmingDragon Boat FestivalNational Day of the PRCNew YearInternational Women’s Day.

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