While mothers and fathers are often celebrated around the world, there is also a special day that also celebrates children.
Why celebrate Children's Day? In the struggle to provide for their kids, parents may sometimes forget that confidence and creativity isn't nurtured by fear and discipline. It's a happy childhood that helps kids really succeed in their adult lives.
Where is Children's Day celebrated? Today, 86 countries - or most of world's nations - celebrate Children's Day to publicly promote the idea that "children are our future".
In Mexico, Children's Day is celebrated on April 30. In Japan, May 5th is recognized as Children's Day. In Canada, Egypt and Finland, November 20 is National Children's Day. The date coincides with Universal Children's Day, which was originally declared by the United Nations in 1954.
The United States is yet to declare an official day, but a handful of states and local communities have take upon themselves to set aside a special day honoring children. Advocating for the second Sunday in June is a growing movement spear-headed by the website www.nationalchildrensday.us that urges a national Children's Day in the USA.
DID YOU KNOW? Children's Day fun facts
Children are given center stage during
an all-day celebration in Mexico.
• Children's Day in Nigeria is celebrated by allowing kids to publicly take on adult roles. That includes children presenting the national news at major TV and radio stations in honor of the day.
• In Japan, the carp is fish known for its strength and resilience, which is why colorful carp streamers figure prominently in Children's Day celebrations -- in hopes of bestowing those same qualities on the next generation.
• On Children's Day ("Día Del Niño") in Mexico, school classes are often suspended as children participate in costumed skits or musical performances to the delight of parents. Families may also give gifts, and attend other activities sponsored at parks and community centers during a festive, all-day celebration.
• Jawaharlal Nehru, affectionately known as "Chacha Nehru" (Uncle Nehru) was the first Prime Minister of India and an enthusiastic advocate for India's children. Upon his death in 1964, it was unanimously decided to celebrate his birthday, November 14, as Children's Day in India.
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