Talk:List of Teachers' Days

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Missing Country[edit]

Could someone throw in Singapore? I don't know many details (when it is exactly), but it is a school holiday there, though not a public holiday. It occurs in the August 30 - Sept 1 region, and is not fixed from year to year. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:55, 5 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Celebration of what[edit]

  • Could we have a bit more description on what happens on this holiday, do they really celebrate the teachers? 14:32, 20 November 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Celebrating just one teacher?[edit]

Should this not be Teachers' Day,

Teachers' Day[edit]

Does any one know how many countries decided to celebrate "Teachers' Day". It seems conicidental for all countries to call this day "Teachers' Day". Was it a copy cat exercise or pure coincidence?

Well it is mainly coincidence, and mostly whatever it was named was probably translated at least roughly into "Teachers Day." Besides, what else would they call it?

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South Korea[edit]

I have been told by Korean teachers that the reason some schools close on this day is that the little presents that kids used to give to their teachers had been replaced with bribes to give the kids better grades. kdammers (tilde doesn't work).

Why is Iran the only one linked?[edit]

Why is actually iran linked at all? And no other countrys? Could someone remove it....maybe?


In the notes about Albania the name of the city is missing. Can anyone fix it? -- (talk) 12:24, 16 January 2010 (UTC) written by teja seethalReply[reply]

Correction of Date[edit]

Unesco celebrates Teacher's day on October 5th as given in the first reference and not on 5th september. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:14, 7 September 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Let's fix the "History" section: Teacher's Day was NOT invented originally in India.[edit]

I noticed that WeijiBaikeBianji added a "citation needed" on the origin of Teacher's Day, stating "Does any source actually say that the first place in the world to have a day honoring teachers was India?". As it turns out, it's not the case:

The source states the following: «In India 5th September is celebrated as Teachers' day. 5th September is the birthday of a great teacher Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan. When Dr. Radhakrishnan became the president of India in 1962, some of his students and friends approached him 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.»

However, Latin American countries have been celebrating the "Día del Maestro" ("Teacher's Day") since before 1962 (all sources cited are in spanish):

- Panama, on december 1, since 1923. See : "El presidente Belisario Porras promulga el decreto No. 67 de 1923, que establece el Día del Maestro, en memoria de Manuel José Hurtado." "President Belisario Porras promulgates the decree 67/1923, that institutes the Teacher's Day, in memory of Manuel José Hurtado."

- Argentina, on September 11, since 1915. See : "El 11 de Julio de 1911 el Consejo General de Educación de Córdoba aprueba la propuesta del docente, poeta, escritor y periodista Miguel Rodríguez de la Torre (Córdoba, 1871-1929) de establecer el 11 de Septiembre como fecha para celebrar el "Día del Maestro" y declararlo feriado en memoria de la fecha de la muerte de Sarmiento. El día después el Gobernador de Córdoba, Félix T. Garzón, y su Ministro de Gobierno, Justicia e Instrucción Pública, José del Viso, firman el Decreto que ratificando tal iniciativa. El 17 de Noviembre de 1915 la "Sociedad Amigos de la Educación", presidida por Emilio Bárcena, con sede en Buenos Aires, resolvió que la celebración se extendiera a todo el país. En 1943, la Conferencia Panamericana le dio amplitud internacional y hoy se celebra en toda Latinoamérica. (Efraín U. Bischoff, Diario "La Voz del Interior", Suplemento "Temas", Sección F, pág. 6, 14-IX-2003)" [ok, too long: the gist of it is that in 1915 was extended to the whole country - had been a regional thing before]

- Chile, in various dates, since 1943. See the "decreto 3.488 de 1942 del Ministerio de Educación Pública", published in the Diario Oficial of July 4, 1942.

- Paraguay, on april 30, since 1915. See . The spanish language wikipedia states the same:

- Moreso, the First Pan American Education Ministers Conference ("Conferencia Panamericana de Ministros de Educación"), held in Panama in october/1943, decreed September 11 to be the "Día del Maestro" ("Teacher's Day"). See (and many other sources).

- Also: Spain observes it since 1957. See

I don't doubt Teacher's Day was independently invented in India, but clearly wasn't the first country to do so.

I suggest incorporating this into the History section, with something like this:

The idea of celebrating Teacher's Day took ground independently in many countries during the XX century; in most cases, they celebrate a local educator or an important milestone in education. These two factors explain why almost all countries celebrate this day on different dates, unlike many other International Days.

Mfarah (talk) 13:08, 15 October 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

That's a good change. Thanks for finding sources. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk) 15:21, 15 October 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I waited a bit, to see if anyone had an opinion. Now I've gone ahead and rewrote the History section.
Mfarah (talk) 12:42, 16 October 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Taiwan is out of order?[edit]

Since the name "Republic of China" appears in place of "Taiwan", the order is messed up, as it appears between Syria and Thailand. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:50, 10 December 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Confusing and confused note (Australia)[edit]

I just removed the last phrase "she was allowed to win" from the note about Teachers' Day in Australia. But all the rest of the note seems to need revision, completion, clarification, documentation, or removal. The first sentence's "is proud to announce" sounds more like a press release than an encyclopedia; the first and second sentences (and in all probability the third) are about a separate holiday on a different date (see the first paragraph of the article)--unless perchance the official name of Australia's national Teachers' Day is (called) World Teachers' Day. The final sentence (about Halloween) is very likely light-hearted vandalism (certainly so, if the same editor who added "she was allowed to win" also added the Halloween sentence. But I am not endowed with the time necessary to fix all this today. Here in the United States, Google has a Google Doodle today (May 3), which is how I happened to look at this article just now. --Haruo (talk) 13:40, 3 May 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Exact scope?[edit]

The exact scope of this list is a bit fuzzy (including a few religious and spiritual events). I have tried to clarify this a bit with an explanatory footnote reflecting this current usage. Not sure if this note is the best approach with ideal phrasing, so feel free to change it again or discuss here in more detail. Of course plan B would be to strictly limit the list to events named "Teachers' Day", but I don't believe that's the best solution. GermanJoe (talk) 13:59, 5 October 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]