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Children's Day 2011: Jawaharlal Nehru's Birthday Celebrated In India

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Indian school children dressed up as India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru wave the Indian national flag during celebrations for Children's Day at a school in Amritsar, India's northwestern state of Punjab, on November 14, 2011. (Getty) | Getty

Though Universal Children's Day is on November 20 every year, India celebrates it on November 14. This date marks the birthday of Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister and an important part of India's collective memory. Known as "Chacha Nehru" (Uncle Nehru) by children across India, he did much during his time in office from 1947-1964 to advance primary education and establish institutions of higher learning.

Today, Children's Day is celebrated all over India with festivals, outdoor activities, children's carnivals and events to bring awareness to children's rights issues in India, such as child labor.

The photos below show some of today's activities to celebrate Jawaharlal Nehru and improving the future of India's children.

India: Children's Day 2011
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