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.
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
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
|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|