As the cliché goes, the children are the hope of our nation. Thus, it is fitting to save a day just to celebrate our children. Though the dates vary in various countries around the world, June 1 is the day in which most countries celebrate Children’s Day. During this day, the right and welfare of the children are being celebrated. It is also observed to promote the Declaration of the Rights of the Child which was signed by the UN in 1958. In 2000, the UN set the Millennium Development Goals.
One of the goals is to ensure that HIV/AIDS will be eliminated by 2015. In many African countries, there are still thousands of HIV victims, and most of them are children who have inherited the disease from their parents. Children’s Day is also celebrated to uphold the needs of the children as written in the 1989 International Human Rights Treaty. These days, there are still a lot of issues concerning children that need to be addressed. This includes safety, education, health, and poverty. Though Children’s Day is celebrated every June 1, a lot of other countries celebrate it every November 20.
How Children’s Day is Celebrated in Various Parts of the World
• In Bulgaria, kids are the center of attention during this day. They are given presents similar to what they usually receive during their birthdays. The family also gathers during dinner to celebrate the gift of life given to the kids in the family.
• In China, Children’s Day is considered a holiday for public elementary schools. In most schools, they hold activities. This includes cultural performances, camping trips, and many other activities for children to have fun. There are also some cinemas that offer free tickets to kids during this day. They are also given discounts in other amenities and facilities around the country.
• In Germany, there used to be a different celebration for Children’s Day. This was when the country was still divided into two parts. For East Germany, Children’s Day was about fun and activities. However, in West Germany, it was far more serious. Programs were launched to promote the rights and welfare of children. With the unification of the country, this day has become a huge celebration and kids get to enjoy it as much as they want to.
• For India, Children’s Day is celebrated every November 14. They have a good reason though. This day is also the birthday of Jawaharlal Nehru, the country’s first prime minister. He was said to be a huge fan of children. He adored and loved kids a lot. Today, Children’s Day is celebrated through performances and dances in schools. Teachers also help organize the celebrations. The government also sponsors the Children’s Film Festival to showcase movies that promote the right of the children. There are also competitions across the country that provided kids the opportunity to have fun.
Indeed, children are our hope and they deserve to be treated well and be given the right that they deserve. Though this day is a day to allow our kids to have fun, let this day also be a day to remember those children who are deprived of their rights.