INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S DAY
In Czech Republic, the 1st of June traditionally belongs to all our smallest, children. However, International Children’s Day is also celebrated on different dates in different countries. Why ?
The first country to officially celebrate Children’s Day, where the initiative originated, was Turkey. Former Defender of National Rights described children as an important part of building a new state. He did so on April 23, 1920, and Children’s Day was set for this day and is still celebrated in Turkey today.
The proposal for Children’s Day celebrating children around the world was first made at the World Conference for the Welfare of Children on June 1, 1925. On the same day, the Dragon Boat Festival was held in San Francisco to celebrate many Chinese orphans to make society aware should be more concerned with the well-being of children. It was these events, which took place on the same day, that set the date for June 1.
In 1954, the UN declared World Children’s Day – the goal was for each state to focus its attention on children and their celebration, support for children, their education and healthy development. The date of the celebration was chosen November 20.
Some states retained the date of June 1, others, on the recommendation of the UN, chose November 20, and others retained both the June date and adopted the date in November.
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Children are incredibly important. They are the future of the world. – Elton John