Singapore has been celebrating Children’s Day on 1st October every year, something which will change come 2011, where Children’s Day will be celebrated on the 1st Friday of October instead.
Other countries around the world also celebrate Children’s Day! In Germany, Children’s Day is known as ”Kindertag” and is celebrated on 1st June.
Over in India, Children’s Day is celebrated on 14th November to commerate the birth of India’s first prime minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
Interestingly, in Japan, Children’s Day, known as Kodomo No Hi is celebrated on 5th May, where girls bring out their special dolls known as Hinamatsuridolls (dolls representing the Emperor and Empress in ancient costumes) and families with boys hang colourful carp kites known as Koinobori to symbolize the wish for the sons to grow up brave and strong.
Well, how did Children’s Day come about? Well, it started during the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva in 1925, where Switzerland proclaimed June 1 to be International Children’s Day. After the conference in Geneva, many countries around the world decided to dedicate a day to children to draw attention to children’s issues such as children’s rights and well being.
So for all the children out there, have a wonderful Children’s Day!
1) Children’s Day Around The World:http:www.//kidsgen.com
2) Children’s Day Celebrations: http://www.childrensdaycelebration.org
3) International Children’s Day: http://www.amnestyusa.org