Parents' Worship Day

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Parents Worship Day
Observed by India
TypeCultural
Date 14 February
Next time14 February 2020 (2020-02-14)
FrequencyAnnual
Related to Bal Diwas / Children's Day, Pitru Paksha (ancestors day), Father's Day, Mother's Day

Parents' Worship Day, known as Matru Pitru Poojan Diwas (Hindi: मातृ-पितृ पूजन दिवस, also Matru Pitru Poojan Divas) was started by the Indian spiritual leader Sant Asaram Bapu in 2007 as an alternative to Valentine's Day which Asaram sees as non-Indian. [1] [2] [3]

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It is celebrated on 14 February every year. [4] It is based on the Sanskrit words for mother (मातृ, mātṛ) and father (पितृ, pitŕ).

History

The day was first celebrated on 14 Feb 2007 at Sant Shri Asharamji Gurukul, Ahmedabad. [5]

This festival draws its inspiration from the pujan of Shiva and Parvati performed by Ganesha. [6]

According to The Hindu, the Indian state of Chhattisgarh has been celebrating Matru-Pitru Pujan Diwas since 2012, on the advice of Asaram. [7] [8] [9] [10] It is officially celebrated by the Chhattisgarh Govt in schools and colleges as ordered by the Chief Minister Raman Singh. [11] [12]

In 2013 some schools & colleges in Bhubaneswar started to celebrate the Parents Worship Day. [13] [14]

In 2015 the state government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party made it an official celebration. [15] [12] In 2015 the right wing political party Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha endorsed the day. [15] On 14 February 2015, it was celebrated on a large scale by an NGO Bhartiya Yuwa Shakthi at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Krida Mandal, Nehru Nagar, Kurla. The event imparted theoretical and practical values to parents and children. [16] [17] It was celebrated by Sanatan Dharma Sabha in Jammu in 2015, 2016, and 2017. [18] [19] [20]

In 2017 the District collector in Madhya Pradesh issued a notice for schools, youth and urged people to celebrate 14th Feb as Matru-Pitru Pujan Diwas. [21] [22]

In December 2017, the education minister of Jharkhand, Neera Yadav issued a notice to celebrate the day in 40,000 government schools in the state in 2018. [23] [24]

In 2018, Gujarat Technological University and Swaminarayan Institute of Technology celebrated Parents Worship Day to reaffirm respect towards Parents. [25]

In 2019, Gujarat Education Minister, Bhupendrasinh Chudasama appreciated the initiative of celebrating 14th Feb as Matru Pitru Pujan Diwas. [26]

Celebration

Matru Pitru Poojan Diwas

Matru Pitru Poojan Diwas (MPPD) also called Matra Pitra Pujan Divas is a festival initiated by Sant Asaramji.On this day, children from all religions worship their parents and seek their blessings by offering them tilak, garland. [25] It is seen by many as a method to cement the bond between family members and to imbibe good values like respect, obedience and humility in children. Right wing activists claim that it is an alternate method to counter teenage pregnancy. [27] In several states like Maharashtra, Haryana, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Valentine's Day has been officially renamed as Matru-Pitru Pujan Diwas. [28] [29] [30]

As per Directorate of Public Instructions, every year February 14 is celebrated as Parents' Worship Day instead of Valentine's Day in Chattisgarh. [31] Parents are invited to schools and children worship them by performing aarti and offering sweets. [31]

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Muslim students expressed love for parents by celebrating the day as 'Abba Ammi Ibadat Diwas'. [32]

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