At schools, this day is celebrated like a return gift for all the things that kids do on Teachers Day. Very often teachers use this day to have some fun themselves by participating in cultural programs to entertain their students. I used to love Children's day celebration when I was in school, especially the comic skits that the teachers would perform for us. The school I went to as a child was a very propah school run by missionaries (missionaries are professional soldiers who are too old to be fighting). They believed in doing things in a spiritual way, so they would never punish us physically. If you did something that was really bad (like mixing fireworks powder in Fr. Grogan's pipe tobacco), they would send you with the class monitor and a slip of paper to the sports teacher, Mr. Ekka. There would be a number written on that piece of paper which Mr. Ekka would read and convert into beatings with a short leather strap either on our bum or on our hands, depending on which was in better health from the previous set of straps. But on teachers day, Mr. Ekka, would not beat anyone and any pending straps would be replaced with yummy strawberry flavored whistle lollipops. But we all knew that the real reason he would be so happy on Children's day was because he would be acting in a play with Ms. Toppo, the one who made moral sciences the most exciting class of them all.
Other than activities at school, Children's Day in India is also used to kickstart programs for children, launch film festivals, and election campaigns. The United Nations observes November 20 as Universal Children's Day, so that children on other planets and in other galaxies are also included.
This year, Google set its logo to a graphic by Varsha Gupta, a class 3 student from Delhi who won the Doodle for Google contest for the children's day logo. The Google Doodle has been a wonderful project by Google that uses its "google" logo on the search giant's homepage to honor various events, festivals, and people. Among recent ones, my favorite was the Flash video on Freddie Mercury which Google used on the occasion of Teacher's Day this year.