Celebrating Children’s Day
Sri Lanka will celebrate Universal Children’s Day on October 1. This
is a special day for children in Sri Lanka. We must keep in mind those
children who are less fortunate than us and have no way of celebrating
It is the elders who should help children and direct them on the
correct path. The United Nations’ (UN) Universal Children's Day, which
was established in 1954, is celebrated on November 20 each year to
promote international togetherness and awareness among children
UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund promotes and coordinates
this special day, which also works towards improving children's welfare.
Children are like
buds in a garden and should be carefully
and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future of the nation and
citizens of tomorrow.
- Jawaharlal Nehru
On December 14, 1954, the UN General Assembly recommended that all
countries should introduce an annual event from 1956 known as Universal
Children's Day to encourage understanding among children all over the
world and promote the welfare of children.
It was recommended that countries should choose an appropriate date
for the occasion. At the time, the UN General Assembly recommended that
all countries should dedicate a Children's Day on an ‘appropriate’ date.
Many countries respected this recommendation and the Universal
Children's Day has since been observed annually on November 20.
There are, however, some countries, such as Australia and India,
which chose different dates during the year to celebrate this day. On
November 20, 1959, the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of
the Rights of the Child and on November 20, 1989, adopted the Convention
on the Rights of the Child. Since 1990, Universal Children's Day also
marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted
the declaration and the convention on children's rights.
At the 2013 UN Treaty Event, from September 24–26, and 30 and October
1 at the New York Headquarters, the United Nations officials urged
member states, to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child and
its three Optional Protocols, stressing that this is vital to protect
children against abuse and mistreatment worldwide.
Children are like buds in a garden and should be carefully and
lovingly nurtured, as they are the future of the nation and the citizens
of tomorrow. - Jawaharlal Nehru