Children’s Day

Children’s Day is a holiday that falls on November 20th worldwide and on the second Sunday in June in the U.S. It has been celebrated by people all around the world since 1954. It’s a day in which the pledge to invest in our children’s future is once again renewed. It’s also a time for people around the world to acknowledge the problems that modern children face and to come up with solutions to those problems.

The History Of Children’s Day

If you really want to trace back the history of Children’s Day, you have to go back over 164-years ago. This is when Reverend Dr. Charles Leonard began children’s day on the Second Sunday in June of 1857 in Chelsea, Massachusetts. It involved a special serviced dedicated to addressing the needs of children. This day was initially Rose Day, and then it became known as Flower Day. Eventually, it would be called the name by which it’s called today, Children’s Day.

As the years went by, Children’s Day began to be celebrated by other people around the world. It was celebrated in Turkey starting in 1920, and it was made a national holiday in 1929. In 1954, the United Nations established this as a worldwide holiday by establishing Universal Children’s Day. In 1959, the U.S adopted an extended form of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. More about this resolution can be read below. 

In the mid-1990s, U.S President Bill Clinton proclaimed October 8th as Children’s Day. In 2001, U.S President declared that the first Sunday in June by called National Children’s Day. As such, this is a holiday that actually can be observed on October 8, the second Sunday in June, or on November 20th. Since it’s an important holiday, people might want to observe all three incarnations of this holiday. 

Declaration of the Rights of the Child

On November 20, 1959, the UN General Assembly adopted the  Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Below are some of the bullet points taken from that document. 

  • Every child must be given what they need for normal development.
  • If the child is hungry, they must be fed. If the child is sick, they must be nursed. 
  • If the child is a delinquent, they must be reclaimed. If the child is an orphan, they must be sheltered.
  • Children must be first to receive relief in times of distress.
  • The child must be protected against all forms of exploitation.

Observing Children’s Day

Children’s Day can be observed by spending time with your children and grandchildren. It’s a good time to start new traditions with them, to tell them stories about the family’s history, and to teach them a new life skill they can take forward in life. It’s also a good time to use the hashtag #ChildrensDay to spread the word about this holiday. 

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