Universal Children’s Day 2020 is on Friday 20, November 2020. Children’s Day is an international observance and not a public holiday. All the UN member countries celebrate Children’s Day according to their specified dates.
It is a fun day with a serious message. Children’s Day offers us an opportunity to promote and celebrate children’s rights that will build a better world for Children.
Theme of Universal Children’s Day
United Nations provides a theme every year for this day to promote awareness among children, togetherness and improving children’s welfare.
The current theme for this day is,
” Investing in our future means investing in our children”
History of Universal 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 the 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.
Events and Activities of Children’s Day
On this 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 this 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 on this occasion. 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 Children’s Day
- It is a fun day with a serious message of protection and welfare of children’s rights.
- It was firstly started in 1857 by Dr. Charles Leonard in the United Kingdom with the name “Rose Day”.
- United Nations established this Day in 1954.
- United Nations provides a theme every year for this day.
- Each country has established a date of their own choice for this day.
Universal Children's Day Observances
|Country||Date||Event Name||Country||Date||Event Name|
|Haiti||10 June||National Children's Day||Panama|
|Third Sunday of July||Children's Day|
|Tunisia||11 January||Children's Day||Indonesia||23 July||Children's Day|
|Thailand||Second Saturday of January||Children's Day||Colombia||Last Saturday in April||Children's Day|
|Second Sunday of February||Children's Day||Uruguay||Second Sunday in August||Children's Day|
|Myanmar||13 February||Children's Day||Paraguay||16 August||Children's Day|
|New Zealand||First Sunday of March||Children's Day||Argentina|
|Third Sunday of August||Children's Day|
|Bangladesh||17 March||Children's Day||Costa Rica||9 September||Children's 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's 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's Day||Chile||First Wednesday of October (officially)|
Second Sunday of August (publicly)
|Spain||15 April||Children's Day||Iran||8 October||Children's Day|
|Maldives||10 May||Children's Day||Brazil||12 October||‘Lady of Aparecida’ Day|
|Norway||17 May||Children's Day||Malaysia||last Saturday of October||Children's Day|
|Nigeria||27 May||Universal Children's Day||Australia||Fourth Wednesday of October||Universal Children's Day|
|Hungary||Last Sunday of May||Universal Children's Day||South Africa||First Saturday of November||National Children's Day|
|American Samoa||Second Sunday of October||White Sunday||Croatia||11 November||Children's Day|
|Solomon Islands||20 November||National Children's Day||India||14 November||Children's Day|
Sao Tome and Principe
|1 June||Universal Children's Day||Suriname||5 December||Children's Day|
|United States of America||Second Sunday of June||National Children's Day||South Sudan|
|23 December||Children's Day|
|Syria||25 June||Universal Children's Day||Congo|
|25 December||Children's Day|
|United Arab Emirates UAE||15 March||Emirati Children's Day||United Kingdom||Second Sunday of May||Children's Day|
|20 November||Universal Children's Day|