Happy International Children's Day: History, Meaning and Celebration
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History of World Children’s Day

In 1954, the UN recommended that every country should introduce a Children’s Day which will be devoted to fraternity and to comprehension among children of the world, and which will stand out by activities encouraging Children’s well-being throughout the world.

If the UN suggests to governments of each state to observe children’s Day on the day and in the way that best suits them, events of 1959 and 1989 designate inevitably the 20th November, according to Humanium.

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In fact, on November 20th, 1959, the UN adopted the Children’s rights declaration, and on November 20th, 1989, almost all of the states taking part in the UN ratified the International Convention for Children’s rights. To this day, only the United-States and Somalia have not ratified this convention.

What is the correct name for this day?

According to Resolution 836 (IX) of December 1954 of the United Nations, the original appellation for this day is Children’s Day.

However, throughout the historic events taking place in 1959 and 1989, this Children’s Day is also known as Children’s Rights day or the International Children’s Rights Day.

Meaning of World Children's Day

Whilst by all means it is important to celebrate all children on this day it is also a crucial time to inform them of hardships that other children face on a daily basis such as children being used as laborers, whilst some are immersed in army conflicts or living on the streets. this day encourages people to share the reality of less fortunate children in the world who are simply suffering because of differences. An idea is to go through The Rights of Children in a simplistic manner so that children know what rights all children in this world should be entitled to.

The truth is that we need to place greater importance and emphasis on children who are often the most vulnerable and marginalized and can then go through the hardships and horrors of child labor and army conflicts. Although progress is being made, it is not enough, many children are still in this day and age being left behind.

Many girls being unable to attend school and being forced into marriages at a young age. On the other hand, in some societies boys are expected to earn an income instead of furthering their education at an adolescent age, preventing them from attending school for more than a limited amount of years, according to The Education Network.

Happy International Children's Day: History, Meaning and Celebration
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Therefore, this International Children’s Day not only marks the 92 global celebrations of the rights and well-being of children residing in different parts of the world; appreciates children's role in shaping the future of different communities across the world, but also it is an occasion for everyone to raise fun for a worthwhile cause to help children get the health, education, and nutrition they deserve. Even a small donation could help feed and educate a child across the world.

How is International Children's Day celebrated?

According to Consumer Health Digest, the celebrations of this day vary from one country to the other because it is highly influenced by the custom and traditions of the specific country:

#1. People can take part in the celebration of this day by:

#2. Giving gifts to children for example toys

#3. Taking children out to their favorite places

#4. Taking children for a medical check-up

#5. Educating the community on taking care of disabled children

Happy International Children's Day: History, Meaning and Celebration
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Not many know that the main stimulator of the International Children's Day was the Second World War that killed hundreds and thousands of children along with their parents. And International Children's Day is coming in the next some days, care about children, whether it's about preserving their health, education or upbringing, every possible measure should be taken to allow kids to lead a healthy and happy life.
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