Children's Day a few years back meant getting importance everywhere - in schools, in your area, on TV and such. Since I spent my childhood in a small town where people still have time to celebrate these days with children, we got a lot of goodies and chocolates on this day. In school from organizing plays and other competition, taking part in singing, elocution, drama, drawing etc activities, our teachers explained us the importance of this day, Pandit Nehru, his love for children and reason behind celebration of this day.
Now the times have changed. Children's Day is still celebrated, in fact with much more enthusiasm than it used to be in my town. Maybe the difference is that of cities. Small and Big. Umbergaon and Mumbai. But there is much more said than done here than other way around!
These days people are more tech savvy. Which has changed the way this day is celebrated. I am active (??) on two social networking sites - facebook and twitter. Since morning, at least 50% of people on my timeline have changed their profile picture (popularly known as display picture or DP) to their childhood image or they have their child's image as their DP. Sweet. People are posting status messages like - "when I was a kid, ............." - everybody is mentioning about their experiences, memories about childhood, from Doordarshan to Dennis the menace everything was mentioned in one hour.
Ah, that was some life indeed - without the internet. I started using internet in the year 1998. But it became necessity since I started working. I still remember those days when I used to check my mail once in a month and my inbox used to be flooded with at least 100 forward mails. I used to forward them further to another 15 odd internet users.
Now I cannot imagine a life without internet. I get 100 odd mails across my accounts - I have 5-6 mail accounts like personal account, official account, blog mail account, N-zine account and such - sigh! life is indeed complicated.
After digressing completely from the original topic, well, the celebration methods have indeed changed. 2-3 days back I read the tweet which said - Please join us in Goregaon when we distribute clothes to children, or please donate something on so and so NGO for orphans, or please encourage the street play by your presence. Many are uploading videos of "hum bhi agar bache hote", "tera mujse hai pehle ka naata koi", "yaado ki baarat" etc. The leading newspapers have full page image of Pundit Nehru on his 121st birthday.
But none of my neighbours' child mentioned about getting any chocolates from anybody, or organizing any event. Rather, my adult friends on twitter are more excited about today's day. #whenIwasakid tag is doing rounds. Each and every person (including me) has tweeted about it to make it a trending topic! Those who are not on twitter will not understand this, but those who are regular on twitter, to them, a trending topic started by them is everything.
But I just have one simple question - do we require a specific day to celebrate any occasion? We celebrate Woman's day, Teacher's day, mother's day, father's day and 100s such days. The hypocrite me thinks that except for birthdays, we should not have special days for such things. Celebrate humanity each day!
But, we will continue to have such days. so Happy Children's day to all of you who are age wise adult!