Children’s Day celebration in Nigeria: Things you should know

CHILDREN’S Day is one dedicated to celebrate “childhood”. On Children’s Day tribute is paid to all children in the world. Children are loved by one and all. With their angelic eyes and innocent smiles they win over our hearts.

Children’s Day, which is celebrated in Nigeria on May 27 annually, is specially dedicated to celebrating children all over the world, and for adults to remember their childhood experiences.

Below are things you should know about children’s day celebration.

ORIGIN
The earliest celebration of Children’s Day can be traced back to the United States of America in 1857, where a certain Pastor Charles Leonard held a service for children at his church. Locally, the service became known as Children’s Day.
After then, similar celebrations to celebrate children began to occur in different parts of the world.
The International Children’s Day was first marked in Turkey on April 23, 1920. Later, on June 1, 1925, , the International Children’s Day was declared during the World Conference on the Welfare of Children.

Universal Children’s Day is celebrated on November 20

The idea of a Universal Children’s Day was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20, 1954.
In the year 1959, the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child on that same day while the official decree on the protection of children’s rights was established on November 20, 1989.

REASON IT WAS ESTABLISHED

it was established to encourage all countries to institute a day, firstly to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children and secondly to initiate action to benefitand promote the welfare of the world’s children. It was also chosen as the day to celebrate childhood.

Children’s Day differs from country to country

Though the United Nations set November 20 aside for Children’s day celebration, the day is celebrated on different dates in different countries.
May 27 is traditionally the Children’s Holiday in Nigeria. China celebrates Children’s Day on June 1, Japan celebrates theirs on May 5 while Britain celebrates theirs on August 20, and India celebrates theirs on November 14

SIGNIFICANCES OF THE CELEBRATION

Though it is not a general public holiday in Nigeria, the day is set aside to honour the younger generation, On this day every year, children are granted a holiday while several social activities are centered on them. Excused from school, most kids converge at stadiums and centres to commemorate the event.


In addition to the festivities and celebrations of Children’s Day, this date also serves to recognise that all minors and children have the right to health, education and protection.

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