Children's Day

Children's Day is a day recognized to celebrate children. The day is celebrated in different countries on various calendar dates.

Updated: September 20, 2018

Children's Day is a day recognized to celebrate children. The day is celebrated in different countries on various calendar dates.
Children's Day is celebrated on the 14th of November in India as a tribute to Jawaharlal Nehru, who was born on November 14, 1889. Jawaharlal Nehru was known for his love for children and was fondly called Chacha Nehru or simply Chachaji. On this day, chocolates and gifts are often distributed among children, while schools organize different events such as debates, and music and dance performances to encourage and entertain children.
Prior to 1964, India celebrated Children's Day on 20 November, which was observed as the universal Children's Day by the United Nations. But after his death in 1964, his birthday was celebrated as Bal Diwas in the country due to his love and affection towards children.
In the year 1857, the second Sunday of June was started as Rose Day by Reverend Dr. Charles Leonard, pastor of the Universalist Church of the Redeemer in Chelsea, Massachusetts. It was later named Flower Sunday, and then Children's Day. Even though Children's Day is celebrated globally by most of the countries in the world (almost 50 countries) on 1 June, Universal Children's Day takes place annually on 20 November.
It was established to encourage all countries to institute a day to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children. It is also to initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world's children. Children's Day was first officially declared a national holiday by the Republic of Turkey in 1929 with the set date of 23 April. Children's Day has been celebrated nationally since 1923 with the government. However, it was decided that an official declaration was needed to clarify and justify this celebration and the official declaration was made nationally in 1931 by the founder and the President of the Republic of Turkey.
On 20 November 1959 the United Nations adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. The United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child on 20 November 1989.
The Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations led the initiative for the education of children in September 2012. He wants every child to be able to attend school and improve the skill set acquired in these schools. He also wanted to implement policies regarding education to promote peace, respect and environmental concern.
Universal Children's Day is not just a day to celebrate children for who they are, but to bring awareness to children around the globe that have experienced violence in forms of abuse, exploitation and discrimination. Children are used as labour in some countries, immersed in armed conflict, living on the streets, suffering by differences be it religion, minority issues, or disabilities. Children feeling the effects of war can be displaced because of the armed conflict and may suffer physical and psychological trauma.
UNICEF is dedicated to meeting the goals that apply to the needs of children so that they are all entitled to basic rights written in the 1989 international human rights treaty. UNICEF delivers vaccines, works with policymakers for good health care and education and works exclusively to help children and protect their rights.
Children's Day is celebrated across the world on different days to honor children globally.

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