World Children’s Day 2021 is on Saturday, 20 November 2021. Children’s Day is an international observance and not a public holiday. All the UN member countries celebrate Childrens’ Day according to their specified dates.
Children Day is a fun day with a serious message. International Children’s Day offers us an opportunity to promote and celebrate children’s rights that will build a better world for Children.
Theme of World Children’s Day
The theme of International children day is,
” Investing in our future means investing in our children”
United Nations (UN) provides a particular theme every year for World Children Day to promote awareness among children, togetherness and improving children’s welfare.
History of World Children’s Day
In 1857, Dr. Charles Leonard started this day by naming it Rose Day in the United Kingdom.
In 1920, the Republic of Turkey officially acknowledged Children’s Day as a national holiday.
In 1950, many countries started to celebrate June 1, as “Children Protection Day”
In 1954 United Nations established “Universal Children’s Day” with a date of 20th November yearly. The UN General Assembly prescribed all countries to come up with a day for children at a suitable date of their choice to promote awareness about children’s rights, togetherness and improving children’s welfare.
On November 20, 1959, United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and on 20, November 1989 UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The anniversary of both these Declaration and Convention is also marked by the UN on 20th November since 1990.
Celebrations and Activities of Children’s Day
On the occasion of Happy Children Day, special discounts on food, movie tickets, gifts and toys are offered. Entrance to certain parks or tourist places is discounted or free for children on children day. In some schools, students present different performances like tableau shows and speech competitions.
Educational institutes, schools, electronic and print media and all social plate forms can play an important role in Children Day Celebrations. They can educate and institute children and parents, society and departments to the basic rights of children, for instance, the right to education, the right to health, the right to play, and the right to family life.
United Nations’ department for children UNICEF arranges seminars and programs in different territories of the world for the welfare of children.
Facts of Childrens’ Day
- Children Day is a fun day with a serious message of protection and welfare of children’s rights.
- Children Day was firstly started in 1857 by Dr. Charles Leonard in the United Kingdom with the name “Rose Day”.
- United Nations established Children Day in 1954.
- United Nations provides a theme every year for children’s day.
- Each country has established a date of their own choice for childrens’ day.
World Children's Day Observances
|Country||Date||Event Name||Country||Date||Event Name|
|Haiti||10 June||National Children Day||Panama|
|Third Sunday of July||Children Day|
|Tunisia||11 January||Children Day||Indonesia||23 July||Children Day|
|Thailand||Second Saturday of January||Children Day||Colombia||Last Saturday in April||Children Day|
|Second Sunday of February||Children Day||Uruguay||Second Sunday in August||Children Day|
|Myanmar||13 February||Children Day||Paraguay||16 August||Children Day|
|New Zealand||First Sunday of March||Children Day||Argentina|
|Third Sunday of August||Children Day|
|Bangladesh||17 March||Children Day||Costa Rica||9 September||Children Day|
|4 April||Children's Day||Honduras||10 September||Children's Day|
|Palestine||5 April||Children's Day||Nepal||14 September||Bal Divas/Children's Day|
|Bolivia||12 April||Universal Children's Day||Austria|
|20 September||Children's Day|
|Colombia||Last Saturday of April||Children's Day||Netherlands||25 September||Children's Day|
|Turkey||23 April||National Sovereignty and Children Day||El Salvador|
|1 October||Children's Day|
|Mexico||30 April||Children's Day||Singapore||First Friday of October||Children's Day|
|5 May||National Children Day||Chile||First Wednesday of October (officially)|
Second Sunday of August (publicly)
|Spain||15 April||Children Day||Iran||8 October||Children's Day|
|Maldives||10 May||Children Day||Brazil||12 October||‘Lady of Aparecida’ Day|
|Norway||17 May||Children Day||Malaysia||last Saturday of October||Children's Day|
|Nigeria||27 May||World Children Day||Australia||Fourth Wednesday of October||World Children Day|
|Hungary||Last Sunday of May||World Children's Day||South Africa||First Saturday of November||National Children Day|
|American Samoa||Second Sunday of October||White Sunday||Croatia||11 November||Children Day|
|Solomon Islands||20 November||National Children Day||India||14 November||Children Day|
Sao Tome and Principe
|1 June||World Children Day||Suriname||5 December||Children Day|
|United States of America||Second Sunday of June||National Children Day||South Sudan|
|23 December||Children Day|
|Syria||25 June||World Children Day||Congo|
|25 December||Children Day|
|United Arab Emirates UAE||15 March||Emirati Children Day||United Kingdom||Second Sunday of May||Children Day|
|20 November||World Children Day|