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World Children’s Day 2023

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World Children’s Day 2023 is on Sunday, 20 November 2023. 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’s 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 them.

Theme of World Children’s Day 2023

The theme for International children’s day is, “Inclusion, for every child”. This theme means that every child belonging to any society, community or nationality is entitled to equal rights. It also emphasizes on the eradication of discrimination among children of various civilizations. Not only the general rights, but a global society welcomes and offers space to children of all types of skin tones.

Another vital perspective of the theme is to take a step forward by making a peaceful world that should be more inclusive for our children and it will repel every prejudice. As any biasness is injurious to the harmony of society, it may also put vulnerable effects to the psychology of a child whom a community deems unacceptable or a misfit. Hence, the gravity of any human or natural calamities like wars or Pandemics, should not make our children suffer and we collectively will include the children of all territories in our support or rescue mission.

Both the society and children grow together, and a prosperous society depends on the bright future of its inhabitant children. With the idea of inclusion, we have more chances to work collaboratively for the welfare of our kids. There are many societies where adult children and young people are struggling with equal rights and equity for adolescents. Our objective of integration is, therefore, aimed at encouraging their narrative and bringing all our children under the one flag of an inclusive world.

This theme urges the public to advocate, celebrate and promote children’s rights by including every child in a strive for a secure future.

The United Nations (UN) provides a particular theme every year for World Children’s Day to promote awareness among children, togetherness and improve children’s welfare.

Color of Children’s Day

The blue color is the symbol of children’s rights on Children’s Day. You can show your support by turning blue on 20th November.

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 improve 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 every 20th November since 1990.

Celebrations and Activities of Children’s Day

Children's Day Celebrations

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’s day. In some schools, students present interesting 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’s 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.

World Children’s Day Activities in School

  • Aware children about the importance and history of world children’s day in school assemblies.
  • Light up the school and landmark buildings in blue.
  • Wear a blue dress on this special day of 20th Nov.
  • Wear a blue ribbon around your wrist.
  • Wear a blue cap on this day.
  • Change your profile picture to blue on social media platforms.
  • Present children’s tableau shows.
  • Educate children about their rights.

The United Nations’ department for children UNICEF arranges seminars and programs in different territories of the world for the welfare of children.

Parents contributing to children’s wellbeing

On the occasion of this special day, parents and teachers can follow the following steps for the well-being of these future builders.

  • Parents should take an active role in their child’s physical and mental well-being.
  • Educate and improve their discipline with a positive and encouraging attitude.
  • Parents’ positive contribution to a child’s learning is directly connected with improved abilities in their offspring.
  • Parenting communication style openly impacts the offspring’s overall performance; this results in strong development and continuous improvement of children.
  • Appreciate the ideas of your child and consider his feelings. This attitude makes your child relaxed and develops a strong relationship with him.
  • Spend time with your child regularly based on structured activities and events.
  • Enquire your child about his problems in education, resources or daily routine and try to solve those issues.
  • COVID-19 Pandemics have left long-lasting impressions on children’s minds. Online studies, staying at home and restrictions on outdoor physical activities have changed their behaviors. Now Post-Pandemic challenges include the improvement of children’s behaviors as well. Encouraging actions from parents and teachers can build healthier changes in their behaviors.
  • COVID-19 lockdowns affected the health of children and created physical fitness problems for them. Staying at home and the usage of fast, junk-food and lack of physical activities caused laziness and weight gain in them. Fitness experts in schools should take serious steps to overcome this challenge of children
  • Diet and nutrition experts should add their valuable knowledge of healthy foods. It will enhance the kids’ physical and mental performance.
  • All these activities can help children to recover faster from strenuous conditions.

Facts of Childrens’ Day

  • Children’s Day is a fun day with a serious message of protection and the welfare of children’s rights.
  • Children’s Day was firstly started in 1857  by Dr. Charles Leonard in the United Kingdom with the name “Rose Day”.
  • United Nations established Children’s 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

CountryDateEvent NameCountryDateEvent Name
Haiti10 JuneNational Children DayPanama
Venezuela
Third Sunday of JulyChildren Day
Tunisia11 JanuaryChildren DayIndonesia23 JulyChildren Day
ThailandSecond Saturday of JanuaryChildren DayColombiaLast Saturday in AprilChildren Day
Cayman Islands
Cook Islands
Nauru
Niue
Tokelau
Second Sunday of FebruaryChildren DayUruguaySecond Sunday in AugustChildren Day
Myanmar13 FebruaryChildren DayParaguay16 AugustChildren Day
New ZealandFirst Sunday of MarchChildren DayArgentina
Peru
Third Sunday of AugustChildren Day
Bangladesh17 MarchChildren DayCosta Rica9 SeptemberChildren Day
Taiwan
Hong Kong
4 AprilChildren's DayHonduras10 SeptemberChildren's Day
Palestine5 AprilChildren's DayNepal14 SeptemberBal Divas/Children's Day
Bolivia
12 AprilUniversal Children's DayAustria
Germany
20 SeptemberChildren's Day
ColombiaLast Saturday of AprilChildren's DayNetherlands25 SeptemberChildren's Day
Turkey23 AprilNational Sovereignty and Children DayEl Salvador
Guatemala
Sri Lanka
1 OctoberChildren's Day
Mexico30 AprilChildren's DaySingaporeFirst Friday of OctoberChildren's Day
South Korea
Japan
5 MayNational Children DayChileFirst Wednesday of October (officially)
Second Sunday of August (publicly)
Present Day
Spain15 AprilChildren DayIran8 OctoberChildren's Day
Maldives10 MayChildren DayBrazil12 October‘Lady of Aparecida’ Day
Norway17 MayChildren DayMalaysialast Saturday of OctoberChildren's Day
Nigeria27 MayWorld Children DayAustraliaFourth Wednesday of OctoberWorld Children Day
HungaryLast Sunday of MayWorld Children's DaySouth AfricaFirst Saturday of NovemberNational Children Day
American SamoaSecond Sunday of OctoberWhite SundayCroatia11 NovemberChildren Day
Solomon Islands20 NovemberNational Children DayIndia14 NovemberChildren Day
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Benin
Bulgaria
Bosnia Herzegovina
Cambodia
China
Cuba
Czechia
East Timor
Ecuador
Estonia
Ethiopia
Georgia
Guinea Bissau
Kazakhstan
Kosovo
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lithuania
Macau
Moldova
Mongolia
Montenegro
Mozambique
Nicaragua
North Korea
North Macedonia
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
Sao Tome and Principe
Qatar
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
Uzbekistan
Vietnam
Yemen


1 JuneWorld Children DaySuriname5 DecemberChildren Day
United States of AmericaSecond Sunday of JuneNational Children DaySouth Sudan
Sudan
23 DecemberChildren Day
Syria25 JuneWorld Children DayCongo
Cameroon
Guinea
Gabon
Chad
Central Africa
25 DecemberChildren Day
United Arab Emirates UAE 15 MarchEmirati Children DayUnited KingdomSecond Sunday of MayChildren Day
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Canada
Croatia
Cyprus
Egypt
Ethiopia
Finland
France
Greece
Ireland
Israel
Kenya
Malaysia
North Macedonia
Oman
Pakistan
Philippines
Serbia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
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