Date, Theme, History, Celebrations, Activities

World Children’s Day 2022 is on Sunday, 20 November 2022. 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

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.

Color of Children’s Day

The blue color is the symbol for 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 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

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 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’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 assembly.
  • Light up the school and landmark buildings 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 tableau shows.
  • Educate children about their rights.

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 wellbeing.
  • 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 overall performance of the offspring. The contributing style towards offspring 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 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 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
Venezuela
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
Cayman Islands
Cook Islands
Nauru
Niue
Tokelau
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
Peru
Third Sunday of August Children Day
Bangladesh 17 March Children Day Costa Rica 9 September Children Day
Taiwan
Hong Kong
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
Germany
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
Guatemala
Sri Lanka
1 October Children’s Day
Mexico 30 April Children’s Day Singapore First Friday of October Children’s Day
South Korea
Japan
5 May National Children Day Chile First Wednesday of October (officially)
Second Sunday of August (publicly)
Present Day
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
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 June World Children Day Suriname 5 December Children Day
United States of America Second Sunday of June National Children Day South Sudan
Sudan
23 December Children Day
Syria 25 June World Children Day Congo
Cameroon
Guinea
Gabon
Chad
Central Africa
25 December Children Day
United Arab Emirates UAE 15 March Emirati Children Day United Kingdom Second Sunday of May Children 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
20 November World Children Day

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