What comes to mind when you think of the sixth month of the year? Perhaps you may think of the start of summer, or a special holiday to celebrate your father. Before we get too far into the month, let's talk about a special holiday that takes place on the first day of June. China's Children's Day!
Children's Day History
Every year, Children's Day is celebrated with great enthusiasm in different countries of the world and at different dates. In fact, there are so many days dedicated to children that at times, it gets confusing when "Children's Day" is actually held. So we have done a little bit of research and here we bring you the fascinating histories of the most commonly observed "Children's Day" across the world. Scroll down and read about the history of Children's Day. Know when Children's Day is celebrated in various nations and how they began to be observed.
Universal Children's Day
Universal Children's Day is observed every year on the 20th of November. It was established in 1954, to protect children from working long hours in an unsafe conditions, allowing all children to have access to education, and to work towards achieving many other rights for children. The UN General Assembly recommended that all countries should establish a Universal Children's Day on an "appropriate" day. On November 20, 1959, the United Nations made the Declaration of the Rights of the Child spelling out specific rights which all children should be entitled. And from this time, Children's Day began to be celebrated on 20th November of every year.
International Children's Day
International Children's Day is celebrated every year in the second Sunday in December. This is a joint initiative between UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. It's a day when special programs are broadcast for kids. The occasion is said to have originated in Turkey on April 23, 1920 and later in the `World Conference for the Well Being of Children', held in Geneva, Switzerland in 1925. After the conference, governments around the world decided to specify a day as Children's Day to draw attention to children's issues. Many countries, including the Soviet Union, chose June 1. And from this time, International children's day is celebrated on the 1st of June each year.
World Children's Day
World Children's Day is always annually observed on the 20th of November. This is a day McDonald's uses as a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities. It was on November 20th, 2002, when World Children's Day was first held officially. The occasion is celebrated every year in honor of children of the world and also as an annual global fundraiser to benefit branches of Ronald McDonald House Charities around the world. Today, World Children's Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries.
Children's Day in China
In the People's Republic of China, Children's Day is celebrated on 1st June and is formally known as "the June 1 International Children's Day" . When the People's Republic of China was first established in 1949, the State Council (Cabinet) designated a half-day holiday for all primary schools on 1st June. This was later made into a full day's break in 1956 with an announcement by the State Council to make 1st June Children's Day a One-Day Holiday. Schools usually hold activities such as children's performances, camping trips, or free movies on Children's Day or the day before to allow students to have fun. Children of civil servants might also receive small gifts from the government until they are fourteen, and Civil servants who have children sometimes have a half-day holiday on 1st June to spend more time with their children. Entrance and set out ceremonies of the Young Pioneers of China are usually held on 1st June as well. The entrance of children under 14 into the Forbidden City is free on 1st June, while each accompanying adult gets 50% off.
Make Your Child A Star
China puts kids at the center of it's world on Children's Day. Schools hold performances, sponsor camping trips and show movies. Public attractions offer free admission to parents and children. Teachers, parents and children come together to put up talents and skills.
Gift to Children and Exchange of Gifts
On Children's Day in China, children receive gifts from their parents, teachers and family members when available. They also exchange some of their presents received from their parents and teachers with their classmates and friends. It's a time of showing love to one another.
Children's Day Photography
The Day is filled with amusement. At this time of the celebration, parents and children take pictures with their presents, showing much love to their kids and also telling them words of encouragement, exhortation and edification.
Children's Day Feast in China
Chinese kids eat their special favorite food on Children's Day. Teachers and parents come together to prepare a special meal on this day. They allow the kids to self themselves and eat as much as their stomach can contain. Chop time! enjoyment time!
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