21 thoughts on “Happy Children’s Day

  1. js, at the last 100 comments column, why each blogger receives a designated colour bar, my colour is navy blue and yours is rose, is there a meaning behind it?

  2. Stephen, the color means the email address of the person. Different email addresses will be converted to different colors.

    There are many people post with the same nick name, and there is no way to tell who is who. So I used a one way calculation method to produce a color for the email address the user uses. There is no way to guss people’s email address from the color, and it is exteremely hard to guess the right email address to produce similiar color.

    So, to be simple, people with different colors means they used different email addresses when they post, and typically means different persons.

  3. Hey Wang are you from changsha? Am looking for anyone from Hunan to chat with, i miss that place! I lived there for 3 years while studying!!

  4. This day is celebrated in China. When we are young, everything we got to know is that it is “International Children’s Day”, which is quite wrong. Because at least in UK, Nobody at all knew this day actually.

    Same situation applies to Labour’s Day. etc.

  5. Yah, I agree with Jerry, 1st of Jun is only the Children’s Day in China, but, it is not known as an international Children’s Day, here, I mean in Singapore, we celebrate the Children’s day is on every 1st of Oct which is happened to be the National day of China, funny?


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  7. Hi Jian Shuo… Happy Intl Children’s Day to Yifan (hehe – and you and Wendy) – ahhh… and cannot forget wonton (we’re all kids at heart). :D

    Lucky baby Jaime Zheng Jiayang gets to celebrate 3 children’s days now – China (1st June), Singapore (1st Oct) and Australia (4th Wed of October – this year, the 22nd).

    Many countries place more emphasis on Intl Childrens Day than others, but most countried ‘officially’ celebrate to some degree… for example it is only just beginning to take on some meaning in Australia. Here’s an extract (by country) from the blog entry I wrote on this today:


    Australia celebrates “Children’s Day” on the fourth Wednesday of October. In 2008, it falls on the 22nd of October. It is part of a week long celebration of “Children’s Week”. It is a time when children of all ages receive gifts and celebrate their special week.


    Children’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of August.


    Children’s Day is celebrated on October 12, which is also the day of Our Lady of Aparecida, a public holiday in Brazil.


    In Bangladesh, Children’s Day hasn’t been celebrated in a manner that may let know the community know about the importance of Child Rights. However on November 20 YCM(Youth Change Makers) plans to inform people of Children Day by holding huge children competitions and fashion show. Though it wont be considered as a holiday.


    Canada’s “National Child Day” is held November 20th each year as enacted in Bill C-371, otherwise known as the Child Day Act, by the Parliament of Canada in 1993 to fulfill Canada’s commitment to the United Nations General Assembly’s recommendation to observe a Universal Children’s Day.Canadian Children’s Rights Council It is not a holiday in Canada.

    Central Africa

    On Congo, Congo DR, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Chad, Central African Republic, São Tomé and Príncipe Children’s Day is celebrated in this country on the December 25 to honour all the children.


    Children’s Day is celebrated the first Sunday of August.


    In Colombia Children’s Day is celebrated in the last weekend of April.

    Costa Rica

    Children’s day is celebrated on September 9 in Costa Rica.


    Children’s day is celebrated in Cuba on the third Sunday of July.

    El Salvador

    In El Salvador, Children’s Day is celebrated on October 1.

    Former and current Communist and Socialist countries

    In Russia, as well as other former Soviet Union states, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, other former or current communist states, Albania, Angola, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic and Slovakia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, Germany, Laos, Republic of Macedonia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Tanzania, Yemen, Children’s Day is celebrated on June 1. This list includes 25 countries which regained independence from USSR, seceded from Yugoslavia Federation, as well as Czechoslovakia, Ethiopia after their respective splits.


    During the Cold War, the Children’s Day (Kindertag) was handled quite differently in the two states. The date was different (GDR: June 1, FRG: September 20), the name was slightly different (GDR: “International Children’s Day” (“Internationaler Kindertag”), FRG: “World Children’s Day” (“Weltkindertag”)), and most notably: the customs.

    In the GDR, the holiday was introduced in 1950, and was from then on a yearly highlight for the children. On this day of the year, one typically received congratulations and presents from one’s parents and did special activities in school, such as field trips and the like. In the FRG, Children’s Day did not have such meaning to the children, and was even mostly unknown to many people.

    Since the affiliation in 1990, the date and name used in the FRG have become the official ones for the former GDR as well. This however was not accepted by large parts of the former GDR population, so that still many parents celebrate with their kids on the former date, June 1, and even Children’s Day public events take place on the old date.


    In Guatemala Children’s day is celebrated on the first day of October.


    In Honduras Children’s Day (Día del Niño) is celebrated on September 10.

    Hong Kong

    Children’s Day is celebrated on April 4 each year (the same day as the Republic of China (Taiwan) since ROC established the Children’s Day on April 4 in 1931. The ROC government combined Women’s Day with Children’s Day on April 4 in 1993, officially calling it Women’s and Children’s Day, making it a day for women, mothers, and children. The practice is still observed by both the Hong Kong SAR Government and the public after the handover in 1997, though this festival has not been a public holiday before the handover.


    In 1931 Children’s day started although then it was called Children’s Week, but since 1950 it has only been a day technically the last Sunday in May.


    In India Children’s Day day is celebrated on November 14 every year. This date the marks the anniversary of independent India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Children’s day is celebrated on this day in recognition of his lifelong passion and work for children.


    Children’s Day is celebrated.


    Children’s Day is not celebrated.


    Japanese families fly carp kites on Children’s Day.May 05 is Children’s Day, called こどもの日 (“Kodomo no hi”, こどもの日?) in Japanese; the festivities used to be called Boy’s Day , called 端午の節句 (Tango no Sekku, 端午の節句?) in Japanese , to distinguish it from Girls’ Day, called 桃の節句 (Momo no Sekku, 桃の節句?), ひな祭り (Hinamatsuri, ひな祭り?) in Japanese , March 3). Both of these days are marked with a lot of activities for children. On this day, children display samurai swords, armor, and Kintarō dolls. Two important symbols of Children’s day are carps and irises. Traditionally, families fly carp kites with a carp .representing each son.


    In Mexico Children’s day is celebrated on the 30th of April.

    New Zealand

    Children’s Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of March each year. Children’s Day provides New Zealanders with a special opportunity to spend time with their children, create positive memories, and take part in fun activities that start new traditions as well as continue old ones. The vision of Children’s Day is to see children celebrated, nurtured and treasured by all.


    Children’s Day is celebrated on the 27th of May.

    North Korea

    North Korean Children’s Day is celebrated on June 1 (국제 아동절). Before 1945 it was celebrated on May 1, But in 1945, it was changed to its current date.

    South Korea

    In South Korea, 5th of May is officially the Children’s Day.


    In Pakistan, Children’s Day is celebrated on November 20. There is no holiday on this day but it is observed by NGO working on Child Rights.


    In Peru, Children’s Day is celebrated on October 14.


    In Paraguay, Children’s Day is celebrated on August 16, day of the infamous Battle of Acosta Ñu, where 20,000 thousand men of the Brazilian Army crushed a Paraguayan battle made up of 3,500 children ages six to fifteen – even though Paraguay had been already completely defeated (see more in War of the Triple Alliance). It’s a national holiday, used to remember the atrocities the Brazilians committed during the five-year war.

    People’s Republic of China

    In the People’s Republic of China, Children’s Day is celebrated on June 1 and is formally known as “The June 1st International Children’s Day” – 六一国际儿童节). When the People’s Republic of China was first established in 1949, the State Council (Cabinet) designated a half-a-day holiday for all primary schools on June 1st. This was later made into a full day’s break in 1956 with The Announcement by the State Council to make June 1st Children’s Day a One Day Public Holiday (国务院关于”六一儿童节”改为放假一天的通知). Schools usually organizes activities such as camping trips or free movies on Children’s day to allow students to have fun, and Children of civil servants might also receive small gifts from the government. Entrance Ceremonies of the Young Pioneers of China (similar to boy scouts in the West) are frequently held on June 1st as well.


    Children’s Day is celebrated in Poland on June 1. The International Children’s Day was introduced in Poland in the early 1950s. It coincides with the beginning of summer and it is usually treated as a holiday, as it takes place near the end of the school year. Schools usually organize special activities for the day of the celebration, and the first week of June is a time of the festivities organized in parks and entertainment centers for children. Parents usually buy some small gifts for their children.

    Portugal and former colonies

    In Portugal, and also at some of its former colonies – Guinea-Bissau, Macau, Cape Verde, East Timor – the Children’s Day is celebrated on June 1.


    In Romania the Day is celebrated on June 1.


    October 1 is the day which Singapore officially celebrates Children’s Day, a similar event celebrated every year is Youth Day which is celebrated on the first Sunday of July each year.


    In Slovakia, the day is called International Children’s Day and is celebrated on June 1.

    Sri Lanka

    The Universal Children’s Day is celebrated on the October 01.


    The International Children’s Day is celebrated on October 2, though there are very few actual celebrations.


    The Taiwan designates April 4 as Children’s Day (兒童節), pursuant to Article 5 of the Order to Implement Commemoration Days and Holidays (紀念日及節日實施辦法). Despite not being a legal holiday, schools often hold special activities in order to celebrate the occasion. Due to pressure from parents that demanded to accompany their children in the celebration, the ROC government recognized Women’s Day with Children’s Day on April 4, 1993. Thus, the celebration is technically called Women’s and Children’s Day.


    The second Saturday of January is Children’s Day in Thailand.


    In Turkey, Children’s Day has been celebrated on April 23rd since 1935. It originated from the first gathering of Grand National Assembly on April 23rd, 1920, during the Turkish Independence War.

    After the Ottomans were defeated during World War I, Turkish land had been occupied by other European countries such as England, Italy and France. Ataturk, an Ottoman commander, broke his ties with the dying Empire and started the war for independence against Allied forces and the old Ottoman regime. After years of fighting Turkey won full independence.

    Turks consider Ataturk to be “The Father of Modern Turkey”. After the war, Ataturk refused the role of Sultan or King and established a modern Republic instead. He gifted April 23rd to the children for the country, so that they would cherish the independence that cost so much, but at the same time walk the path of “Peace at Home, Peace in the World”

    On April 23rd children from around the world come to Turkey. They’re hosted by families who have children of a similar age. Festivities last over a week and the visiting and Turkish children spend a lot of time together. Many children, often not even speaking the same language, create lifelong friendships. Several of the events are broadcast on television, showing the children in their traditional national outfits, dancing singing and exchanging gifts. The United Nations participates the events.

    Every year on April 23rd, the seats of Parliament are held by children, and a child becomes President for a day. The child President delivers a speech on national television.

    United States of America

    Children’s Day observations in the United States predate both Mother’s and Father’s Day.

    The celebration of a special Children’s Day in America dates from the 1860s and earlier.

    In 1856, Rev. Charles H. Leonard, D.D., then pastor of the First Universalist Church of Chelsea, Mass., set apart a Sunday for the dedication of children to the Christian life, and for the re-dedication of parents and guardians to bringing-up their children in Christian nurture. This service was first observed the second Sunday in June.

    The Universalist Convention at Baltimore in September, 1867, passed a resolution commending churches to set apart one Sunday in each year as Children’s Day.

    The Methodist Episcopal Church at the Methodist Conference of 1868 recommended that second Sunday in June be annually observed as Children’s Day.

    The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in 1883 designated the “the second Sabbath in June as Children’s Day.”

    Also in 1883, the National Council of Congregational Churches and nearly all the state bodies of that denomination in the United States passed resolutions commending the observance of the day. About this time many other denominations adopted similar recommendations.

    Chase’s Calendar of Events cites Children’s Sunday and notes that The Commonwealth of Massachusetts issues an annual proclamation for the second Sunday in June.

    Numerous churches and denominations currently observe the second Sunday in June including the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Church of the Nazarene.

    Children’s Day, was proclaimed by President Bill Clinton in October 2000. He declared that it be held on November 16th.

    “National Child’s Day” was proclaimed by the President of the United States of America, George W. Bush, as June 3, 2001 and in subsequent years on dates in early June. In 2003, he proclaimed June 1st. In 2004, he proclaimed June 6th. In 2005, he proclaimed June 5th. In 2006, he proclaimed June 4th. In 2007, he proclaimed June 3rd. The White House Proclamation by the President of the United States of America, 2001

    Nowhere in any of the proclamations did the President refer to the United Nations or the UN Resolution about Universal Child Day. It is important to note that The United States of America is one of only two countries in the world that have not ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. As of November 2007, 193 countries have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, (UNCRC). The only other country that has not ratified the UNCRC is Somalia. United States position on the UNCRC

    In 2007, Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich issued a proclamation proclaiming the second Sunday in June as Children’s Day. The mayors of Aurora and Batavia, Illinois, also issued proclamations.


    In Uruguay, Children’s Day is celebrated on January 6th.


    In Venezuela Children’s Day is celebrated the 30th of April.


    Children’s Day is celebrated on June 1 as ICD and on the full moon of the 8th lunar month during the Mid-Autumn Festival.

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  8. As children’s parents we’re, we must think deeper and not let what happen before against kids, happen again. Because, there are some of parts around the world, this happens. Childrens without parents living in the rods or streets we need to protect them. And teach them the way and be aware of their future. So, they could have a knowledgement of their future. What we’re facing in the streets, shouldn’t be like that. The abandoned Childrens living as animals and troubling people.Steling,killing,sleeping in the rods.

    Let’s teach the nature.


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