Universal Children’s Day 2023 – History, Facts, Themes and Activities
It’s that time of the year again; the time that kids look forward to the most; You guessed right, it’s Children’s Day! With this fun-filled occasion upon us, you’re probably wondering how you can celebrate with your munchkins. But before we get into the celebrations, does your child know why this day is celebrated and how it came to be? Read on for some fun facts on Universal Children’s Day, right from history, themes, and more. Not to forget, of course, some interesting ways to celebrate the occasion with your loved ones.
When Is Universal Children’s Day Celebrated?
In 1954, Universal Children’s Day was decided to be celebrated on the 20th of November each year. This also marks the anniversary of the date when the declaration and convention on children’s rights were adopted by the UN General Assembly. Though most countries celebrate Children’s Day on the 20th of November, some countries have adopted other dates for the occasion. India celebrates Children’s Day on the 14th of November, Australia celebrates the occasion on the fourth Wednesday in October, and the United States holds a similar occasion on the first Sunday in June.
History of Universal Children’s Day
The UN General Assembly first announced the concept of Children’s Day in 1954 to bring children of all races, castes, and creeds together and for the welfare of children across the world. UNICEF World Children’s Day celebrates the youngest minds of the world by encouraging brotherhood and fraternity and highlighting the importance of the well-being of children. Over the years, Children’s Day around the world has promoted a number of causes, such as eradicating HIV/Aids, promoting the education of all children, and more. On November 20th 1989, the UN General Assembly signed a treaty to protect the social, civil, economic, health, cultural, and political rights of children to deal with child-specific needs for children across borders and act in their best interest.
Significance of Universal Children’s Day
Universal Children’s Day is a huge part of the work carried out by UNICEF (United Nations Children Fund) to raise awareness of the welfare of kids around the world. Here’s why this is more than just a holiday.
1. Children Are the Future
Today’s kids are tomorrow’s world leaders, healthcare providers, inventors, and more. Ensuring a safe and positive future for the world starts with educating and caring for the kids of the present, which is the goal of Universal Children’s Day.
2. Focuses on the Rights of Children
It is a general assumption that the rights of people are given to adults. However, the UN focuses on the rights of children by signing treaties and documents that guarantee medical care, education, and protection from violence and discrimination, among others, for children.
3. Spotlight on Problems Faced by Children
Whether or not these problems are evident as you go through life, children in lower economic areas suffer from various financial and health problems and don’t have access to education or medical opportunities. Universal Children’s Day reminds people not to overlook these issues and to join the UN in taking steps towards eradicating them.
Things You Can Do on Universal Children’s Day
There are a number of Universal Children’s Day activities you can do along with your kid. Ask your child if he has any particular activity in mind. After all, it’s his day. If not, here are some fun ideas to help you get started.
1. Pamper Your Child
Go shopping with your kid and grab a meal afterwards to spend time with him and pamper him. Kids love new clothes and toys, and of course, the opportunity to eat some yummy outside food, so you’re sure to have a blast together.
2. Make a Donation
There’s nothing like making a donation to a cause for World Kids Day. Include your child in the process, so that he understands the importance of helping those in need from a young age.
3. Take Your Kid to the Zoo or Park
Visit a nearby zoo or park with your little one. Kids love animals, and you could also sneak in some fun facts about the various animals and birds you spot.
4. Spend Quality Time With Your Kid
Spend the day bonding with the kids around you. Play with them, cook some yummy food, and take them to the movies, beach, or some outing of their choosing.
5. Bond Over Craft
There’s nothing like spending a few hours doing something creative with your child. You can bond over making some creative decorations or pieces to display at homes, such as frames, pinwheels, and more.
6. Have a Movie Night
Movie night calls for popcorn, pizza, and an interesting movie with kids at the centre of it. Choose some cult favourites like ‘Mr. India’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘Home Alone’, and ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ or latest ones like ‘The Sky is Pink’ and ‘The Addam’s Family’.
Universal Children’s Day Themes
Universal Children’s Day has a unique theme each year to focus on a certain aspect of their efforts and highlight pressing issues. The theme for this year is “Investing in our future means investing in our children”.
The theme puts emphasis on children’s education rights. It urges the public and government policies to advocate, promote, and celebrate children’s right to education. With better education, children grow up to be their best and contribute to the economy positively.
Interesting Universal Children’s Day Facts
No information is complete without some fun facts and trivia. Here are some Universal Children’s Day facts to share with your kid.
1. Instead of Children’s Day, France celebrates Family Day on January 6th.
2. Children’s Day is a national holiday in some places, like Turkey and Argentina.
3. Children’s Day is celebrated on 14th November in India to pay respect to Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, who was immensely fond of kids.
4. Australia celebrates ‘Children’s Week’, starting from the Saturday before Universal Children’s Day and ending on the following Sunday.
5. International Children’s Day was proclaimed in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 1st,1925.
6. In Japan, Children’s Day, known as “Kodomo no Hi,” is celebrated on May 5th, wishing for the health and happiness of children.
7. Mexico celebrates “El Día del Niño” on April 30th, honoring children with special activities, gifts, and cultural events.
8. The theme of Universal Children’s Day in 2021 is “A Better Future for Every Child,” emphasizing the global commitment to building a brighter tomorrow for all children.
9. Universal Children’s Day encourages activities that promote the well-being and rights of children, including educational workshops, art exhibitions, and community service projects.
10. Established in 1925, Universal Children’s Day has played a pivotal role in raising awareness about children’s rights and advocating for their well-being on a global scale.
Interesting Universal Children’s Day Quotes
Here are some interesting Children’s Day quotes that perfectly encapsulate what this day is about.
1. Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.’- Rabindranath Tagore
2. ‘Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.’- John F. Kennedy
3. ‘Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.’ – George Bernard Shaw
4. ‘A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer. ‘- Anonymous
5. ‘If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.’ – Albert Einstein
6. “The laughter of a child is the light of the home, illuminating hearts with pure joy.” – Unknown
7. “In the eyes of a child, we glimpse the promise of a better world, full of endless possibilities.” – Unknown
8. “Children are like seeds; with nurture and care, they grow into the forests of our future.” – Unknown
9. “The smallest hands can hold the biggest dreams. Let us nurture them with love and guidance.” – Unknown
10. “Every child is a story yet to be written, a canvas of potential waiting to be painted.” – Unknown
Happy Universal Children’s Day to all the kids around the world. This year, share this information with your child and let him know about the matter of his rights. And, of course, take a day off and celebrate this day with your little one to make him feel special. After all, your time is the most valuable gift you can give your child!