History Of Children’s Day And Celebration With Quotes And Poems

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If you have children at home, you must be wondering how to make their Children’s Day celebration interesting and informative. Children always seem excited about this day because it is their special day. However, most children do not know much about the significance of this day. Moreover, they are unaware of the history that precedes this occasion. Parents should teach children the importance of this day through stories, quotes, and poems. They should also tell children how Children’s Day is celebrated worldwide. This information will enlighten them and help them celebrate the day with more awareness and appreciation. So, read on to know more.

The History Of Children’s Day:

Each year, Children’s Day is celebrated around the world with a lot of love and interest, but the dates differ from place to place. Here is a quick look at some of the different dates on which Children’s Day is celebrated around the world:

1. International Children’s Day:

International Children’s Day is celebrated on the 1st of June every year. It is a joint celebration that began in association with UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The day marks a special day in broadcasting when channels across the world telecast various programs for children. International Children’s Day began in Turkey on the 23rd of April 1920. It was later given recognition at the World Conference for the Well-Being of Children which was held in Geneva, in Switzerland, in the year 1925. Once the conference was over, the governments of most countries agreed to select one day as International Children’s Day, in an attempt to draw attention towards various issues related to children.

2. Universal Children’s Day:

Universal Children’s Day is celebrated each year on the 20th November. The concept began in the year 1954 in an attempt to protect children who were made to work long hours in unsafe conditions. The main aim of declaring and celebrating Universal Children’s Day was to make sure that all children have basic access to learning. It aimed at making authorities come together and work towards achieving the rights of children. The UN General Assembly recommended that all countries should acknowledge Universal Children’s Day to give the concept a wider reach. In the year 1959, the UN adopted the Declaration of the Rights of Child on the 20th of November. The declaration spelled out each right that all children would be entitled to. From then on, Universal Children’s Day has been celebrated on the 20th of November every year.

3. World Children’s Day:

World Children’s Day is also celebrated on the same day as Universal Children’s Day, on the 20th of November. It was first celebrated on the 20th of November in the year 2002 as part of a global and annual fundraiser by McDonalds. McDonald’s carries out various fundraising events on this day to raise money for its Ronald McDonald House Charities. More than 100 countries celebrate the day today.

4. Children’s Day In India:

In India, Children’s Day is celebrated on the 14th of November. It is the day that also marks the birthday of Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, who was the former prime minister of India, and was extremely fond of children.

5. Children’s Day In USA:

The United States of America did not have a dedicated Children’s Day for a long time. Here is an interesting look at the chain of events that shaped it to the way it is celebrated today:

  • In the year 1998, a six-year-old boy wrote a letter to President Bill Clinton, who wanted to know if the president would declare a day as Children’s Day for him. In response, President Bill Clinton proclaimed 11th of October to be held as Children’s Day.
  • In the year 2001, the then President George W. Bush proclaimed 3rd June as the National Child’s Day. Ever since then, the first Sunday in June has been celebrated as Children’s Day in the US, which has recently been changed to the second Sunday in the month of June.

6. Children’s Day In Japan:

Japan celebrates Children’s Day on the 5th of May each year and the day is marked as a national holiday. It is also known as Kodomo no Hi, which means Children’s Day. Initially, it was known as ‘Tango no Sekku’ and was celebrated as a Boys’ Day, while the Girls’ Day, known as Hinamatsuri, was celebrated on the 3rd of March. In the year 1948, the government of Japan decided to merge the two days and celebrate one day that would mark the happiness of all children whether a boy or a girl. The government of Japan then also declared that Children’s Day would be celebrated as a national holiday. The origin goes back to China, where people used to hang various medicinal herbs to ward off the illnesses that are associated with childhood. As per the Japanese tradition, children are given gifts of kites and hanging streamers.

Children’s Day Quotes And Poems:

1. My Childhood:

My childhood was fun,
Tough and exciting,
My childhood was one,
Where there wasn’t much fighting,
This is my childhood,
My childhood was filled,
With family and friend,
My childhood was filled,
With love and lots of happy holidays,
My childhood was filled,
With tricycles and bicycles,
My childhood is filled,
With lots of classwork and homework,
My childhood is filled,
With parents that don’t work,
And annoying loving brother and sisters,
This is my childhood,
My childhood is filled,
With a grandmother that was caring and loving,
When I left her, I was hurt,
But it’s for the best,
I remember the good and happy times,
We shared together,
This was my loving childhood,
That I will not forget,
This was my childhood.

2. A Child in the Garden:

When to the garden of untroubled thought
I came of late, and saw the open door,
And wished again to enter, and explore
The sweet, wild ways, with stainless bloom inwrought,
And bowers of innocence with beauty fraught,
It seemed some purer voice must speak before
I dared to tread that garden loved of yore,
That Eden lost unknown and found unsought.
Then just within the gate I saw a child,
A stranger-child, yet to my heart most dear;
He held his hands to me, and softly smiled
With eyes that knew no shade of sin or fear:
“Come in,” he said, “and play awhile with me;”
“I am the little child you used to be.”

3. My Precious Child:

The greatest gift we will ever know
is a child, born to love and grow.
Conception is a miracle in itself;
the start of new life and good health.

Such a treasure your precious child is,
who will thrive on every hug and kiss.
Hold them close and sing them songs;
they will only be a child for so long.

They may not always smell pure and sweet,
a dirty diaper or a dampened sheet.
But with a loving cuddle and a beautiful smile,
the joys of parenthood are all worthwhile.
“Thank you Lord for our precious child.”

4. Children’s Day:

Don’t hate me for who I am.
Don’t hit me or shove me around,
Don’t make me beg for alms today,
Don’t kick my blossoming dreams to ground.
Don’t stick me to walls with the MISSING sign,
Don’t nip me in the bud for your gains,
Don’t rape me.
Don’t kill me.
Don’t trick me into living with so many pains.
Don’t treat me like dirt and without respect,
Don’t cheat me and abuse my innocence,
Don’t light my unexplored land on fire,
Don’t teach me to see with shallow offense.
Don’t stop me from being a hero tomorrow,
Don’t crop out my talents for a petty win,
Don’t preach to me the song of faith,
Don’t leech from me since that’s a sin.
Don’t hide me from the truth that you fear,
Don’t ride me as a vehicle of glee,
Don’t chide me for your mistakes and faults,
Don’t side me away into dark debris.
We are your hope.
We are your future.
We are the ones who will change your fate.
We are everything but without your help,
We, the children, have no day to celebrate.

5. Heal The World by Micheal Jackson:

There’s a place in your heart
And I know that it is love
And this place could be much
Brighter than tomorrow
And if you really try
You’ll find there’s no need to cry
In this place you’ll feel
There’s no hurt or sorrow
There are ways to get there
If you care enough for the living
Make a little space
Make a better place
Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me
And the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make it a better place
For you and for me
If you want to know why
There’s love that cannot lie
Love is strong
It only cares of joyful giving
If we try we shall see
In this bliss we cannot feel
Fear of dread
We stop existing and start living
And then feels that always
Love’s enough for us growing
So make a better world,
Make a better place
Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me
And the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make a better place for you and for me
And the dream we were conceived in
Will reveal a joyful face
And the world we once believed in
Will shine again in grace
Then why do we keep strangling life
Wound this earth, crucify its soul
Though it’s plain to see
This world is heavenly
Be god’s glow
We could fly so high
Let our spirits never die
In my heart I feel you are all my brothers
Create a world with no fear
Together we cry happy tears
See the nations turn their swords into plowshares
We could really get there
If you cared enough for the living
Make a little space
To make a better place
Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me
And the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make a better place for you and for me
Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me
And the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make a better place for you and for me
Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me
And the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make a better place for you and for me
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make a better place
For you and for me

6. Every child is a gift of nature, give them their today, give them time to learn and play, and make way for their future.

7. Every child is a different kind of flower, and all together, they make this world a beautiful garden.

8. Children – you are the world’s most valuable resource, and our best hope for the future.

9. Children are like budding stars. The more you embrace them, the more they will shine.

10. While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.

Children’s Day celebrations may be carried out on different days across the globe. However, it centers around one common purpose – celebrating the importance and innocence of children, who are the future citizens of the world. So use the above poems, quotes, and songs to let your children know how much they mean to you, thus upholding the true meaning of Children’s Day. Enlighten them about the day’s history and how it came to be in different countries while giving them the gift of heartfelt words.

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Debolina Raja

Debolina Raja came into the writing world while she was playing around with words and participating in various literary events. In the professional world, she found her writing interest in various genres such as health, wellness, parenting, relationship, and brand management. Having done a Masters degree in English literature from Delhi University, she loves reading, heading out on road trips, hibernating... more