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1 The International Children's Day (ICD) is celebrated in numerous countries, usually (but not always) on June 1 each year. The International Children s Day had its origin in World Conference for the Wellbeing for Children in Geneva, Switzerland in It in not clear as to why June 1 was chosen as the International Children s Day: one theory has it that the Chinese consul-general in san Francisco, USA gathered a number of Chinese orphans to celebrated the Dragon oat Festival in 1925, which happened to be on June 1 that year, and also coincided with the conference in Geneva. June 1 has since been observed as the International Children s Day by numerous countries especially by Communist countries; in the Western world the International Children s Day is usually celebrated on other days of the year (if at all), and there is often little public awareness about these celebrations. See the section on Germany below for further discussions. Consequently there is sometimes a misperception that June 1 as the International Children s Day was a Communist invention. Nonetheless, in recent years even some groups within the Unites States observing the International Children s Day on June 1. CHILDREN'S DAY IN THE WORLD Argentina - Children s Day is celebrated the second Sunday of August. Brazil - Children s Day is celebrated on October 12, which is also the day of Our Lady of Aparecida, a public holiday in Brazil. Chile - Children s Day is celebrated the second Sunday of August. 1 / 6

2 Colombia - Children s Day is celebrated in the last weekend of April. Congo - Children s Day is celebrated in this country on the December 25 th oh December to honour all the children. People s Republic of China - In the People s Republic of China, Children s Day is celebrated on June 1. Although schools remain open, children do not attend class and free of homework. Students participate in a wide variety of activities to strengthen allegiances to their country, have fun, and take part in, and join youth organizations such as the Communist Youth League. Hong Kong - Children s Day is celebrated on April 4 each year since ROC established the Children s Day is celebrated on April 4 in The ROC government combined Woman s Day with Children s Day on April 4 in 1993, officially calling it Woman s and Children s Day, making it a day for woman, mothers and children. The practice is still observed by both the Hong Kong SAR Government and the public after the handover in 1997, though this festival has not been a public holiday before the handover. Germany - During the Cold war, the Children s Day (Kindertag) was handled quite differently in the two states. The date was different (GDR: June 1, FRG: September 20), the name was slightly different (GDR: International Children s Day, FDR: World Children s Day), and most notably: the customs. 2 / 6

3 In the GDR, the holiday was introduced in 1950, and was from then on a yearly highlight for children. On this day of the year, one typically received congratulations and present from one s parents and did special activities in school, such as field trips and the like. In the FDR, Children s Day did not have such meaning to the children, and was even mostly unknown to many people. Since the affiliation in 1990, the date and name used in the FDR have become the official ones for the former GDR as well. This however was not accepted by large parts of the former GDR population, so that still many parents celebrate with their kids on the former date, June 1, and even Children s Day public events take place on the old date. Indonesia - Children s Day is celebrated on June 23 rd. India - India s first prime minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, was born on November 14. He like children was regularly photographed with them children called him Chacha (Uncle) Nehru. After his death in 1963, his birthday is observed Children s Day in India. Korea - Children s Day is celebrated on May 5. In 1923, Bang Jung-Hwan, a social educator, suggested that may 1 should be established as Children s day, and he made it public via campaigns. The was no Children s day before that. In 1946, the Children s day was just moved to May 5. 3 / 6

4 Mexico - Children s Day is celebrated on April 30. Nigeria - Children s Day is celebrated on 27 th May. In Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, Belarus, Portugal, Romania Children s Day is celebrated on June 1. Paraguay - Children's Day is celebrated on August 16, day of the infamous Battle of Acosta Nu, where 20,000 thousand man of the Brazilian Army crushed a Paraguayan battalion made up of 3,500 children ages six to fifteen even though Paraguay had been already completely defeated ( see more in War of the Triple Alliance). It s a national holiday, used remember the atrocities the Brazilians commited during the five-year war. Poland - Children's Day is celebrated on June 1. It is time that kids love. The International Children's Day has been 4 / 6

5 introduced in Poland in the early fifties of XX century. It was easily adopted by Polish children and adults - on the personal level as well as in schools and other public institutions. It coincided with the beginning of summer and since it takes place near the end of the school year - it is usually treated as a holiday. Children attend schools at this day - but school usually organizes for them some special activities - like outdoor plays or the field trips. This day and also the whole week of the beginning of June is the time of the festivities organized in the parks and entertainment centers. The parents usually buy some small gifts to their kids - the smaller the children the bigger the gifts. Singapore - October 1 is the day which Singapore official celebrates Children s Day, a similar event celebrated every year is Youth Day which is celebrated on first Sunday of July each year. Sri Lanka - The Universal Children s Day is celebrated on the 1 st of October. 5 / 6

6 Thailand - The second Saturday of January is Children s Day. Venezuela - Children s Day is celebrated the third Sunday of July. Vietnam - Children s Day is celebrated on June 1 as International Children s Day and on August 15 (Lunar) as National Children Festival. In Oman, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Yemen, Qatar, Algeria, Morocco, Bahrain, Iran, Jordan, Palestine, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Afghanistan, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia in Islam Country s Children s Day is July 4. This is Islamic Calender s May 5 Marta Dmochowska - 2B GM 6 / 6

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