Children's day is celebrated all across the world to honour children who make this world a better place to live in. International Children’s Day was first started in Geneva during the World Conference on Child Welfare in the year 1952. Since then, most countries celebrate it on June 1. The United Nations, however, observes International Children’s Day on November 20. Different countries have different designated days to be celebrated as Children's Day. In India, Children’s day is observed on the 14th of November every year.
Chacha Nehru and Children’s Day
It is a little known fact that the first Children’s day in India was celebrated on the 20th of November. This was done following the announcement of the United Nations' to celebrate Children's day on the said date. However, after the death of Jawaharlal Nehru in 1964, the date for the celebration of Children's day was shifted to 14th November to honour his love and dedication to children.
In India, children's day is celebrated through a number of cultural programmes and fun activities organised by schools and NGOs as well as private bodies. Students are often allowed to wear colourful dresses in their institutes and are sometimes, also gifted with sweets and goodies.
Children's Day may seem like a day that is meant only for the children to celebrate their childhood but in reality, it is an initiative by everyone participating in the celebration to educate people about the value and worth of children in the society. It is celebrated to inform people about child rights and make sure children get those rights in every sphere of their life. Only then, a nation will be able to grow in a holistic manner.
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