Events & Exhibitions, Seasonal

Who’s Celebrating Children’s Day in July?

 

Cultures and customs differ throughout the world, but one trait shared by all societies is a desire to care for and protect children whenever possible. As our look at Children’s Days continues, it is interesting to note the similarities and differences between events and the uniting themes – it is important to realise that this celebration of youth is also a reminder that youngsters from all sections of society need the support and protection of a caring community.

July 1st – Pakistan

Strong supporters of Universal Children’s Day in November, Pakistan also has its own designated day on the 1st July, a joint endeavour involving the Child Rights Cell of the Department of Social Welfare Punjab, numerous regional not-for-profit organisations and UNICEF. With activities organised in schools and communities including teachers, parents and the children themselves, the day is enjoyed by people of all ages.

20th July – Cuba

Just one of three countries celebrating their children on the third Sunday of July, Cuba’s people take to the streets in order to participate in lots of fun events.  In schools, community centres and in public places there are parties, sports and parades – and plenty of fancy dress costumes!

20th July – Panama

Originally held on November 1st each year, Panama moved its Kid’s Day to July at the request of Vivian Fernandez de Torrijos, the wife of former president Martin Torrijos. Known in Spanish as ‘El Día del Niño’, the day is frequently marked by the giving of presents to children as well as by games and events in parks and other public spaces.

20th July – Venezuela

A national celebration of childhood, parties and events held include live music shows, games and colourful parades. As in many other countries, fancy dress and play feature heavily and all seem to revel in the beautiful weather and atmosphere of optimism.

23rd July – Indonesia

The archipelago of Indonesia is made up of numerous islands, but all its people are united by a shared Children’s Day. With themes varying from year to year – 2013 focused on childcare within families – raising awareness is combined with fun as games, poetry reading and carnivals are arranged by the government’s PSMP Paramita.

24th July – Vanuatu

Seen as a day to help prevent violence against children and to allow children to have a voice, Vanuatu’s annual Children’s Day is divided into two halves. Kids (and sometimes their parents) go to school in the morning and participate in speeches and dances before heading home after lunch to enjoy an afternoon as a family. An occasion to enjoy, it is a valuable opportunity for parents and children to communicate their needs.

 

Image: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuba

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