Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Children's Day.

"To honour children globally."

"To protect children working long hours in dangerous circumstances and allow all children access to an education."

"To promote mutual exchange and understanding among children."

"To initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world's children."

"To let students have fun. "

"To consider those conditions in society which affect the lives and future of our children."

"To strengthen children's rights."

"To focus on the practice of sharing, loving and caring as well as honouring our children."

"To emphasise the importance of children in society."

"To give children the opportunity to have fun."

"To create awareness about the significant role of children towards the development of the country."

"To observe the rights of children."

"To remind ourselves that children are the future builders and developers of the country and the world.

"To enable parents and children to spend the day together, and work together to reconcile their problems."

"To celebrate childhood."

These are some of the reasons countries and organisations around the world have given, for celebrating Children's Day (source: Wikipedia)

How sad that we need a reminder to treat children this way.

Today, India celebrates Children's Day. November 14th was chosen because it was the birth date of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister. He was known as Chacha Nehru (Uncle Nehru) by the children of his day. (He's also Rahul Gandhi's great-grandaddy.)

I wiki'ed Children's Day and discovered that various countries celebrate it, at various times of the year. Here are some other dates upon which people celebrate Children's Day around the world.

January 6th
March 17th, 21st and 25th
April 4th, 5th, 8th, 12th, 23rd, 24th and 30th.
May 5th, 10th, 17th and 27th
June 1st and 2nd
July 23rd and 24th
August 16th
September 9th and 10th
October 1st, 8th and 12th
November 11th, 14th, 15th and 20th
December 5th, 23rd and 25th

Make a note in your calender and celebrate them all.


Safire said...

Interesting and thank you. I came across the universal rights of children (1989) a few years' ago (in French) and today an old French article in the Huffington Post mentioning that these rights were ratified by 192 countries, except for the United States and Somalia!!

Art Earth Ink Soul said...

I too found an interesting tidbit - the UK has no Children's Day. Apparently the ex-PM Gordon Brown said there was no positive need for such a day, that it was an unnecessary day off school and work and that "we have bigger things to think about."

Bigger things. Hmm. He must mean grown-ups.