Children’s Day which is a day used to celebrate children, falls on various calendar dates in different countries around the world.
It is a day was set aside to encourage nations of the world to devote a special day for the promotion of the welfare of children as well as provide platforms for interaction and understanding among children.
Below are some interesting facts:
1. Universal Children’s Day was first declared a special day by the World Conference for the well-being of children in 1925 and then established internationally in 1954.
2. The UN General Assembly on 14 December 1954 recommended that all countries should introduce an annual event for children to encourage fraternity and understanding between children world-wide and it was recommended that individual member nations choose an appropriate date.
3. Nigeria celebrates its National Children’s Day on May 27, but the date for differ for other countries. US celebrates hers on the second Sunday of June, Germany on September 20th, Brazil on October 12, South Africa on the first Saturday of November , Congo and Cameroon on Christmas Day/December 25.
4. To mark the day in Nigeria, it is usually a school-free day, with primary and secondary school children traditionally decked out in their school uniforms for competitive march-pasts in open fields, with top government officials on hand to acknowledge their salute.
5. Interestingly, Britain does not celebrate a National Children’s Day.