National Reading Day, June 19
In a world where technology dominates our daily lives, there is something incredibly powerful about the written word. Reading not only enhances our knowledge and imagination but also fosters empathy, critical thinking, and personal growth.
Recognizing the significance of reading, India celebrates National Reading Day on the 19th of June every year. This day serves as a reminder to cherish the transformative power of books and encourages individuals of all ages to dive into the captivating world of literature.
The Importance of National Reading Day:
National Reading Day in India holds immense importance as it aims to promote literacy and instil a love for reading among people of all backgrounds. With over 1.3 billion people, India faces the challenge of providing quality education and promoting a reading culture throughout the country. National Reading Day serves as a platform to address these challenges and bring attention to the importance of literacy and reading.
One of the primary objectives of National Reading Day is to promote literacy in India. Illiteracy remains a significant obstacle to progress and development in many parts of the country. By encouraging people to read and providing access to books, the day aims to improve literacy rates and bridge the educational gap.
Creating a Reading Culture:
National Reading Day seeks to create a reading culture in India. It is an opportunity to emphasize the benefits of reading and encourage individuals to make it a regular part of their lives. Schools, libraries, and community organizations play a vital role in organizing events and activities that celebrate books and reading. The day fosters an environment where reading is celebrated and cherished, from storytelling sessions to book fairs.
India is a linguistically diverse country with a rich literary heritage in multiple languages. National Reading Day provides a platform to promote multilingualism and encourage reading in different languages. By celebrating the country’s linguistic diversity, the day ensures that people can connect with books in their native languages, making reading a more inclusive experience.
Inculcating the Reading Habit in Children:
National Reading Day places particular emphasis on encouraging children to develop a lifelong love for reading. Children are the future of a nation, and by nurturing their reading habits, we empower them with knowledge and imagination. Schools organize reading challenges, storytelling sessions, and book-related activities to make reading enjoyable and engaging for young minds.
Creating Access to Books:
Access to books is crucial for fostering a reading culture. National Reading Day initiatives often involve book donation drives, setting up libraries in remote areas, and providing books to underprivileged children. By increasing access to books, the day ensures that everyone, regardless of their socioeconomic background, can experience the joy of reading.
What does it mean to me?
Reading to me is an everyday activity now. I say “now” because most of my life’s responsibilities are over. Earlier as a working woman and a family to manage with a not-so-developed social support system (as it is now), the reading was put on the back burner. The reading in those days was mainly reading the daily newspaper, reading to prepare daily lessons ( I was a teacher) and reading to create school projects for my boys. “Reader’s Digest” has always been my reading partner. Reading novels and big books never interested me. I was always a short story reader as I was more of an outdoor person. Over the years, I had graduated to reading bigger stories and novels. Now I read all genres. I read for enjoyment as well as to learn. I read contemporary fiction to know the thoughts and beliefs of the young people around me.
National Reading Day in India serves as a reminder of the immense value that reading brings to our lives. It is a day to celebrate the written word, promote literacy, and encourage individuals to explore the vast world of literature. By fostering a reading culture, we empower individuals, promote knowledge, and pave the way for a brighter future. So, on 19th June, let us all take a moment to reflect on the power of reading and make a commitment to make reading an integral part of our lives and communities throughout the year.
With best wishes,