About Children's Day
If ever there was confusion about when to celebrate a holiday, this is it. We’ve done extensive research, and what we have found is there are several Children’s Day holiday observances around the world. They share in common the global goals of supporting and protecting the youth of the world. Among the days are Universal Children’s Day, International Children’s Day, and National Children’s Day.
Now, the question is, which day do you celebrate? Well, why not all of them, as our children are precious to us?
A Number of Holidays
Here is a recap of what we’ve found, with the most common listed first:
Universal Children’s Day– Observed on November 20th each year. In 1954, the UN General Assembly recommended that all countries should establish a Universal Children’s Day on an “appropriate” day. We are not sure, but perhaps each country did…..at various dates during the year. The resolution was adopted on November 20, 1954.
International Children’s Day– 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 broadcasters “tune in to kids”.
World Children’s Day– Always November 20th. This is a day McDonald’s uses as a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities. The first official WCD was held on November 20th, 2002, and was celebrated around the world as a way to celebrate children and benefit RMHC chapters around the world. This now annual celebration is officially held on November 20th each year, however fundraising opportunities often extend beyond the day.
Children’s Day in Japan – This is a national holiday in Japan celebrated on May 5th. Starting in 1948, Children’s Day is a festive day to celebrate your child’s life. The holiday started in China, where they would hang medicinal herbs to ward off childhood diseases. Japan celebrates by giving children kites and hanging streamers.
In Japan, the Children’s Festival was originally called the “Boy’s Festival” while the girls had the “Doll Festival”.
National Children’s Day – The United States celebrates this holiday on June 11. Other countries celebrate on a variety of different dates. And, they have a variety of customs and traditions for this day.
“Your greatest fortune is family and friends.”
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