Today marks the symbolic observance of The United Nations’ (UN) Universal Children’s Day, which was established in 1954. Children are celebrated in many countries around the world on November 20th annually, however, the date of World Children’s Day can vary between nations, as countries including China, the Czech Republic and Portugal celebrate it on June 1st.
World Children’s Day aims at promoting international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide. The aim is to raise awareness of, and support children’s welfare across the globe.
The observance can trace its origins back to the mid-19th century, when a sermon delivered by a pastor in the US, inspired the conception of a day in honour of children.
What Is Its Significance?
The event was formally inaugurated as an international occasion by the UN in 1954.
Sixty years ago, the Declaration of the Rights of the Child set in stone a key universal value for the first time, stating unequivocally that “mankind owes to the child the best it has to give”.
Unicef, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, outlines that World Children’s Day is a “time to celebrate and a time to demand action”.