Let’s Look Into Children’s Day In Nigeria- How It Began And Why Other Nations Have Different Dates

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Children are tender creatures and beautiful gifts from God. Given how precious they are, they deserve to be cherished and that is why many people think it is wise to dedicate a day to celebrate them.

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How Did Children’s Day Begin?

In 1857, Reverend Dr. Charles Leonard started Children’s Day on the second Sunday of June, hosting a heartfelt service at the Universalist Church of the Redeemer in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Initially called Rose Day, it evolved into Flower Sunday before becoming Children’s Day. This special occasion gained official recognition as a national holiday in the Republic of Turkey in 1920, and it is annually on April 23rd. However, the President of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in 1929 officially declared it a national day in the country thus giving it state recognition.

Children’s Day On The global Scene: Different Dates For Different Countries

The first International Children’s Day was proclaimed in 1925 during the World Conference on Child Welfare in Geneva. Recognizing the importance of safeguarding children’s rights, the Women’s International Democratic Federation in Moscow designated June 1st as the International Day for Protection of Children on November 4, 1949. Since 1950, some countries have marked Children’s Day on different dates while China, many Communist and post-Communist nations observe it on June 1st. In the US, it is celebrated on June 9th, the UK marks it on the second Sunday in May, Australia marks Children’s Day for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island children on August 4, while some countries observe Children’s Week instead.

Happy Universal Childrens Day!

However, on December 14, 1954, a collaborative effort between India and Uruguay led to a UN General Assembly resolution urging all nations to establish a Universal Children’s Day. The United Nations further solidified its commitment to children’s rights on November 20, 1959, by adopting the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. This historic declaration laid the foundation for World Children’s Day, observed annually on November 20th, commemorating the UN General Assembly’s endorsement of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child.

Children’s Day Celebration In Nigeria

Following the UN declaration, the first Children’s Day was celebrated in Nigeria in 1964. On May 27 of every year, Nigeria joins other countries to celebrate children and raise awareness on issues affecting them. While it is not a national public holiday in Nigeria as organisations open for business on this day, students and pupils are usually given a day off from school to celebrate with their families.

Celebrate Children's Day - Punch Newspapers

To mark Children’s Day, parents and guardians take their children out for fun activities. The activities include excursions, parties, funfairs, parades, etc. These activities take place at public centres such as stadiums, amusement parks, and other public places where children are given special treats and memorable experiences to make them feel special even as the event also brings back childhood memories for adults………..Sée Móre

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