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"A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others." -Anonymous

Teachers' Day is a national function, celebrated only in India on September 5th of every year, as a mark of tribute to the contribution made by teachers to the society. 5th September is the birthday of a great teacher Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, who was a staunch believer of education, and was the well-known diplomat, scholar, president of India and above all a teacher. It was decided to celebrate his birthday as Teachers' Day to honor that noble profession. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan began his career of teaching at the age of 21 as a teacher of philosophy in the Presidency College, Chennai in 1909.

When Dr. Radhakrishnan became the President of India in 1962, he was approached by some of his students and friends and requested him to allow them to celebrate 5th September, his "birthday". In reply, Dr.Radhakrishnan said, "instead of celebrating my birthday separately, it would be my proud privilege if September 5 is observed as Teachers' day". The request showed Dr.Radhakrishnan's love for the teaching profession. From then onwards, the day has been observed as Teachers' Day in India.

Teachers' Day is a day that is dedicated to the hard work that is input by the teacher all year long, a day that is a complete tribute to the teachers all around the world. On this day students realize what it means to be a teacher and what it means to control the future of several students in their classes and also teachers are reminded what it felt like when they were the students.
National awards, State awards and awards by National Foundation for Teachers are also given. In some districts, district level awards are also given to encourage ideal teachers. Giving an award is a good incentive.

Teachers mold the lives that they influence because the lessons learned from teachers remain with their students throughout life. We should always respect our teachers. Teachers need encouragement and support from the community to feel that their devotion to students is appreciated.

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