Teacher's Day in India (05/09)

Every year on September 5 in India, teachers are honored - one of the most respected people in society. The date of the holiday - September 5 - coincides with the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888-1975), a philosopher, teacher, public figure and statesman. Radhakrishnan was the President of India from 1962 to 1967.

There is such a version of the origin of the holiday. Once, the comrades-in-arms asked the head of state for permission to celebrate his birthday with a big national holiday, he in response offered to honor all his fellow teachers on this day.

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born into a wealthy family, graduated from a Christian college in Madras, and later defended his master's thesis on Vedanta Ethics and its Philosophical Background. Radhakrishnan taught at several Indian colleges and universities, translated religious and philosophical texts from Sanskrit, published his own works on Indian philosophy.