November is the month home to many different Children’s Days all around the world, such as Greece, Netherlands, Israeli and Kenya to name but a few.
In our blog series, we take a closer look at a few of the Children’s Days happening this month.
1st Saturday in November
In South Africa on the first Saturday of the month, adults and children gather to unite and celebrate the lives of those children that have made it through tough situations. The celebrations are carried out via a selection of drama plays and poetry readings.
On this day in India, Children’s Day is celebrated on the 14th – which is also the same day as the birthday of the countries very first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.
This day is home to many different Children’s Days around the world, and we have picked three to look at:
In Ireland, Universal Children’s Day is celebrated on the 20th, with the official voice for Children’s Day Ireland saying; “We were all children once. And we all share the desire for the well-being of our children, which has always been and will continue to be the most universally cherish aspiration of humankind.” – Powerful words we think!
In Switzerland, the 20th November is celebrated with a slightly more sombre message at the forefront. Every year, hundreds and thousands of children and young people stand in protest child exploitation, standing up for the 160million and more children that are exploited around the world annually.
Over in Canada, they call this special day something slightly different – Child Day. Child Day is enacted by what is written in the Bill C-371, which is also known as ‘Child Act Day.’ This was created by the Parliament of Canada in 1993 with the purpose to commemorate the UN’s adoption of two landmark documents concerned with the human rights of all young children and young adults.