Teachers Day World Wide

  • Afghanistan 24th May – On this day the schools are going on leave but the students and teachers are coming and celebrate the Teachers Day at schools with special tradition food, cookies, music ( in some schools ) and presents to the teachers.
  • Albania 7th March – In 1867, the first school which taught lessons in Albanian was opened in the small city of Korea.
  • Argentina 11th September – To honor the work of Domingo Faustino Sarmiento after he died

Australia Last Friday of 1st October.

  • Azerbaijan 5th October – Between 1965 and 1994, the first Sunday of October. Since 1994, on 5th October, to coincide with the World Teachers Day ( est. 1994 by UNESCO ).
  • Bhutan 2nd May – Established and marked on the birth anniversary of the third King of Bhutan, who introduced modern education in the country.

Bolivia 6th June

  • Brazil 15th October – A decree regulating the elementary schools in Brazil. The celebration gained popularity throughout the country and 15th October was officially designated Teachers Day in 1963.
  • Chile 16th October – In 1975, the date chosen to celebrate Teachers’ Day was 10th December, because on that day, in the year 1945, the Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral received the Nobel Prize- But in 1977, the date was changed to 16th October, because of the foundation of the Colegio de Profesores de Chile ( Teachers College of Chile ).
  • China ( PRC ) 10th September – Usually there are some activities for the students to show their appreciation to the teachers, such as presenting gifts including cards and flowers

Columbia 15th May

  • Croatia 5th October – Classes aren’t held on Teachers Day.
  • Czec republic 28th March – The Birthday of John Amos Comenius. Czech students nominate the teachers, whose approach most motivates and inspires them, to the competition Zlaty Amos ( Golden Amos ). The coronation of “Golden Amos” take place yearly on 28th March.

Ecuador 13th April

  • El Salvador 22nd June – Observed as a national holiday.
  • Hong Kong 10th September– Before Hong Kong Handover, Teachers’ day was on 28th September, which followed the tradition from Republic of China since 1950s. After the sovereignty was transferred to People’s Republic of China in 1997, the day changed to 10th September, which is the same as PRCs one.

Hungary First Sunday of June

  • India 5th September It is the birthday of the second President of India, academic philosopher Dr.S.Radhakrishnan. It is considered a “celebration” day, where teachers and students report to school as usual but the usual activities and classes are replaced by activities of celebration, thanks and remembrance.
  • At some schools on this day, the responsibility of teaching is taken up by the senior students as an appreciation for their teachers.
  • Indonesia 25th November – National Teachers Day is commemorated in the same time as PGRIs birthday ( PGRI is Indonesian’s Teacher Association ).
  • National Teachers Day in not a holiday, and it is celebrated by having a ceremonial activity by giving a recognition to a certain teachers, head masters, and or school attendant.
  • Iran 2nd May – Commemorating the martyrdom of Morteza Motahari on 2nd May, 1979
  • Jamaica 6th May – Teachers Day is normally celebrated on May 6 or the first Wed in May. In celebration of Teachers Day, it is common for students and parents to bring teachers gifts. Additionally, most schools are closed early ( half day ).
  • Lithuania 5th October – Between 1965 and 1994, the first Sunday of October. Since 1994, on 5th October, to coincide with the World Teachers Day ( est. 1994 by UNESCO ).
  • Lebanon 3rd March – Between March 3 and March 9 all the celibrations happen. Lebanese people are known for their love and respect to teachers.
  • Malaysia 16th May – This date was chosen because in the same month in 1956, the Federal Legislative Council of the Malay States had received several suggestions ( docume nts ) from the Education Committee regarding Teachers’ Day as the base of education in Malaysia.
  • The document, known as the Razak Report, has become the foundation of education in Malaysia ever since. Although it is not an official school holiday, celebrations are usually held on May 16, or earlier, if it falls on a Saturday or Sunday

Mexico 15th May

Mongolia first weekend of February

  • Pakistan 5th October – It recognizes the importance of teachers and attributes progress to the quality of teachers in Pakistans Educational System.
  • Panama 1st December – Death of Manuel Jose Hurtado.

Paraguay 30th April

  • Peru 6th July – During the independence of Peru, libertador don Jose de San Martin founded the first Normal School for Men by means of a resolution passed by Marquis of Torre – Tagle on 6th July, 1822.
  • Many years later, on 1953, the then president Manuel A.Odria decreed Teachers Day to be commemorated on the 6th July.
  • Philippines 5th October – By Presidential Proclamation Number 479 to honour more than 500,000 teachers nationwide. However, in the Philippines Teacher’s Day is actually celebrated in schools between the months of September and October ( mainly elementary and secondary levels ).
  • Teachers are presented with orchid corsages by students. Groups of students representing various grade levels perform short skits or song and dance numbers, or read poetry for their teachers in front of fellow schoolmates in school – wide activities.
  • These activities are planned by senior students in the Student Council who coordinate the activities well in advance. For Filipino – Chinese schools, a program is usually organized by students for teachers on 27th September, while 28th September, considered as the actual Teachers Day, is a school holiday where both teachers and students are allowed to rest.
  • September 28 was chosen because it is known as the birthday of famous Chinese Philosopher Confucius.
  • For some Universities in the Metro Manila area, Catholic Teachers’ Day is celebrated on the second week of February.
  • Poland 14th October – On this day is the anniversary of creation the Commission of National Education, created in 1773 from the initiative of King Stanislaw August Poniatowski.
  • Russia 5th October – Between 1965 and 1994, the first Sunday of October. Since 1994, on 5th October, to coincide with the World Teachers Day ( est. 1994 by UNESCO ).
  • Singapore 1st September – An official school holiday. Celebrations are normally conducted the day before, when students get half a day off.
  • Slovakia 28th March – The birthday of John Amos Comenius.
  • South Korea 15th May since 1963 in Seoul and 1964 in Chunju city – Originally it was started by a group of red-cross youth team members who visited their sick ex-teachers at hospitals.
  • The national celebration ceremony had been stopped between 1973 and 1982 and it resumed after that. On the celebration day, teachers are usually presented with carnations by their students, and both enjoy a shorter school day.
  • Ex-students pay their respects to the former teachers by visiting them and handing a carnation. Many schools now close on Teacher’s Day because of the rampant bribery implicit in the expensive gifts often given to teachers. Schools can use the day to have an outing for the teachers.
  • Republic of China ( Taiwan ) 28th September – The day honors teachers virtues, pains, and also their contribution not only to their own students but also to the whole society. People often make use of the day to express their gratitude to their teachers, such as paying them a visit or sending them a card.
  • This date was chosen to commemorate the birth of Confucius / believed to be the model master educator in ancient China. In 1939, the Ministry of Education established the national holiday to be 27th August, the attributed birthday of Confucius.
  • 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”.
  • The ceremony begins at 6 AM with drum beats. 5.4 musicians dress in robes with blue belts, 36 ( or 64 ) dancers dress in yellow with green belts. They are led by Confucius’s chief descendant ( currently Kung Te – cheng ) and followed by ceremonial officers.
  • Three animals the cow, the goat, and the pig – are sacrificed. 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.
  • Thailand 16th January – Adopted as Teachers Day in the Thailand by a resolution of the government on 21st November, 1956. The first Teachers Day was held in 1957.
  • Turkey 24th November – Mustafa Kemal Atatiirk thought and stated that “New generation will be created by teachers”. Atatiirk was also considered as Prime Teacher, because he adopted a new alphabet for the newly founded Turkish Republic on 1923.
  • United States of America Tuesday during Teacher Appreciation Week, which takes place in the first full week of May – Students often show appreciation for their teachers with token gifts. The National Education Association describes National Teacher Day as a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives”.
  • The NEA gives a history of National Teacher Day : – The origins of Teacher Day are murky. Around 1944 Wisconsin teacher Ryan Krug began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honor teachers. Woodbridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt who in 1953 persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day.
  • NEA along with its Kansas and Indiana state affiliates and the Dodge City ( Kan ) local lobbied Congress to create a national day celebrating teachers. Congress declared 7th March, 1980, as National Teacher Day for that year only.
  • NEA and its affiliates continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985, when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.
  • As of 7h September, 1976, 11th September was also adopted as Teachers Day in the US state of Massachusetts. Currently, Massachusetts sets the first Sunday of June as its own Teachers Day, annually.
  • Vietnam 20th November – This holiday allows students to express their respect to their teacher. Students begin preparing a week in advance, and many classes usually prepare literature and art to welcome teachers day, while other student prepare foods and flowers for the parties held at their schools.
  • Students usually visit their teachers at their homes to offer flowers and small gifts, or organize trips with their teachers and classmates. Former students also pay respect to their former teachers on this day. The holiday has its origins in a meeting between educators in communist bloc nations in Warsaw in 1957.
  • It was first celebrated in 1958 as the Day of the International Manifest of Educators ; in 1982 the day is renamed Vietnamese Educators Day.
  • Oman., Syria. Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates. Yemen. Tunisia. Jordan. Saudi Arabia. Algeria. Morocco 28th February.

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