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Children’s Day and Stamps Collecting

Children's Day is recognized on various days in many places around the world, to honor children globally. The first ever Children's day was celebrated in 1954. The idea of a universal Children's Day was suggested by Mr. V.K. Krishna Menon and it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. By resolution 836(IX) of 14 December 1954, the General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children's Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children.

At first it was celebrated universally in the month of October. After 1959, November 20th was chosen as Children's day as it marked the anniversary day when the Declaration of the Child Rights was adopted by the U.N. General Assembly. In 1989 the Convention on the Rights of the Child was also signed on the same date.
In India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's birthday was declared as Children's Day and is celebrated annually on the 14th November to cherish his love and attachment for children. Lovingly called 'Chacha Nehru' which means Uncle Nehru by the kids, Jawaharlal Nehru gave emphasis to the significance of giving love and affection to children, who are the bright future of India. The main purpose of this day is to encourage the welfare of children all over the country.

Jawaharlal Nehru, who was fondly called Chacha Nehru (Uncle Nehru) by the kids, emphasized the importance of giving love and affection to children, whom he saw as the bright future of India. This day is known as Baal Divas in Hindi.

Many functions are being organized in schools, offices and other organizations all over the country and various cultural and social institutions conduct competitions for children. Children's Day is seen as a day for the kids to engage in fun. Children take part in many sports organized for them.

India Post also celebrates Children’s Day by releasing special postage stamp every year on 14th November. Stamps issued on this occasion are the only stamps which are not designed by professional stamp designers of India Post.

India Post or Bhartiya Dak Vibhag as it is known in Hindi holds drawing competition at all India level and the selected best entries gets its place as design of the commemorative postage stamp, first day cover and various other such items which are issued on 14th of November by the name of that particular school student.

It was in the year 1957 when India Post issued a set of three stamps for the first time on 14th November. First of the stamp was depicting a boy eating a Banana. The price of the stamp was 8 Paisa. The stamp was created from a candid photograph of an eight year boy Shekhar Borker. The photograph was selected from 10000 entries. Shekhar became famous as 'Banana Boy' after the stamp was issued. Until 1966, the Children's Day stamps were created using photographs. From 1971, instead of using photographs, India Post started to use designs of drawings and paintings done by children and selected from all over India. Until 1971 the stamps were printed in single color, except stamp of 1962. From 1973 onwards India Post started issuing multicolor stamps.

In the year of 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1979, 1988, 1989 and 2003 Stamps were not issued on the occasion of Children’s Day. However in 1988 and 1989 stamps were issued on Jawaharlal Nehru on 14th November to mark his Birth Centenary. This year in 2014 also stamp on Children’s day is not issued.

Stamps issued on the occasion of Children's Day.

1957
1957
1957
Children's Day 1957
Children's Day 1957
Children's Day 1957
Nutrition
Education
Recreation
1958
1959
1960
Children's Day 1958
Children's Day 1959
Children's Day 1960
Nurse exercising Polio afflicted child
Boys awaiting admission to Children’s home
Equal importance to study & recreation
1961
1962
1963
Children's Day 1961
Children's Day 1961
Children's Day 1963
Vocational Training
Passing the flag to youth
School Meals
1964
1966
1971
Children's Day 1964
Children's Day 1966
Children's Day 1971
Obverse of 1 Re. coin of Jawaharlal Nehru
Infant & Dove Emblem
Women at work
1973
1974
1975
Children's Day 1973
Children's Day 1974
Children's Day 1975
Children at Play
Cat
Cow
1976
1977
1977
Children's Day 1976
Children's Day 1977
Children's Day 1977
Loyal Mongoose
Cats
Friends
1978
1980
1981
Children's Day 1978
Children's Day 1980
Children's Day 1981
Two Friends
Girls Dancing
Toy Seller
1982
1983
1984
Children's Day 1982
Children's Day 1983
Children's Day 1984
Mother and Child
Women & Child at Festival
Forest
1985
1986
1987
Children's Day 1985
Children's Day 1986
Children's Day 1987
School Girl using Computer
Girl Rock Climber
My Home
1990
1991
1992
Children's Day 1990
Children's Day 1991
Children's Day 1992
Doll and Cat
Happy Children in Colorful Dress
The Sun
1993
1994
1995
Children's Day 1993
Children's Day 1994
Children's Day 1995
I’CYP Udaipur, mascot Gajju & Children
Me & My Pals
Children in Circle
1996
1997
1998
Children's Day 1996
Children's Day 1997
Children's Day 1998
Indian Village
Chaha Nehru with Child
Empowered Girl Empowered Society

1999
2000
2001
Children's Day 1999
Children's Day 2000
Children's Day 2001
Let us Live Tomorrow
My Best Friend
Role of I.T. in bringing the World together
2002
2004
2005
Children's Day 2002
Children's Day 2004
Children's Day 2005
Holi Festival
My Villa
Vijaya Dashmi Procession
2006
2006
2007
Children's Day 2006
Children's Day 2006
Children's Day 2007
My Mythological Hero - Krishna
My Mythological Hero - Karna
The Magic of The Night
2007
2008
2008
Children's Day 2007
Children's Day 2008
Children's Day 2008
The Magic of The Night
India of My Dreams
India of My Dreams
2008
2009
2009
Children's Day 2008
Children's Day 2009
Children's Day 2009
India of My Dreams
Preserve Wild Life
Preserve Wild Life
2010
2010
2010
Children's Day 2010
Children's Day 2010
Children's Day 2010
Dolls
Kite
Pin Wheels
2010
2011
2011
Children's Day 2010
Children's Day 2011
Children's Day 2011
Puppets
Save the Tiger
Save the Tiger
2012
2013
Children's Day 2012
Children's Day 2013
Future Post Office
Holiday

Design a Stamp Competition India Post Organizes 'Design a Stamp Competition' for School children. The competition is organized on national level and hundreds of thousands of school children from every corner of India take part in it. A theme is given and the competitors and they have to design it in ink, water color or oil paint. Winning design is selected to depict on Children's Day stamp. The competition is open for the student of Standard IV to Standard XII, and is divided in 3 groups. The winning entries from each group gets its place on Children’s day stamp, First Day Cover, Miniature sheet and various such other collectables by released by India Post every year on 14th November.

Many stamp collectors like to specialize themselves in a specific theme. Gandhi stamps are one of the most popular themes in the collectors of stamps. Now Children's day stamps also have become a popular theme amongst the collectors. It is notable thing that India post has issued a large number of stamps on both the themes. Stamps on this theme are displayed in most of the philatelic exhibitions in India.

I myself started collecting stamps in my school days and still it’s going on.

Courtesy: Deepak Narendra Ji Modi, Jalna | Email: modi.philatelist@gmail.com

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