How Different Countries Celebrate Children’s Day Around the World

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In 1954, the United Nations General Assembly established International Children’s Day to foster unity and understanding between children from different nations and to promote child welfare. The UN encouraged each country to set their own dates and celebrate according to their own traditions, religions and culture.

In China, June 1st is Children’s Day! That’s why we want to give you a brief rundown of Children’s Day around the world.

In some places, Children’s Day is considered an official holiday, and kids get a day off from class. For others, it is a chance for them to raise awareness about children’s issues, such as education, health, and child welfare. It can also be an excellent opportunity for parents to honor their child’s contributions to the family. Here’s how this holiday is marked in just a few countries

Children’s Day in China

Children’s Day is hugely popular in China. The country’s first has held after the International Democratic Women’s League Council in Moscow established  International Children’s Day on June 1st, 1949. While the global celebration has since changed dates, China has retained June 1st.

On this day, children go to parks and public areas to participate in competitions, games, concerts, and shows organized by the government and public volunteers. These festivals are held all across China, and access to all of these areas are completely free. Parents are also encouraged to spend time with their families for the whole day

Children’s Day in Japan

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As one of the oldest youth celebrations in the world, Japan’s Children’s Day is held every May 5 and is considered to be one of the most important days of the year in the country. It was founded in ancient times as one of the nation’s five annual ceremonies. The government decreed it as a national holiday in 1948.

The day celebrates the individuality of all the children in the country. A variety of treats are served. These include Kashiwa mochi, a type of rice cake filled with red bean jam, and chimaki, a sweetened rice paste. Households raise flags that are shaped like carp, which comes from the folk belief that strong fish eventually become dragons.

If you’re in Japan on May 5th, you will probably spot children dressed in samurai helmets and armor.

Children’s Day in the United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, Children’s Day centers around the rights and welfare of young people.

Families all over the UK are invited to hold grassroots activities in their communities. This includes activities group activities, participating in sports leagues, organizing fundraisers for charitable organizations, and communicating a message of inclusion. It falls on May 13th.

Before celebrating Children’s Day in the UK, try learning about British accents

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Children’s Day in India

Before 1964, India celebrated its annual Children’s Day, commonly referred to as Bal Diwas, on November 20. In 1964, upon the death of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, it was moved to his birthday on November 14.

Nehru is considered to have been a pivotal figure for child welfare in India, with his administration having established many schools and welfare programs throughout the nation.

Children’s Day in India is typically celebrated inside schools.
Teachers and students work together to create various activities for students, such as games and shows, and children are encouraged to wear colorful clothing throughout the day. After a massive celebration at the end of the school day, families will often spend time together, either by going on an outing preparing a big meal at home.

Children’s Day in the United States

Unlike other countries, the United States does not have a nationwide Children’s Day celebration. However, there are many regional and municipal events instead, and some religious leaders, mayors and presidents have declared different children’s days.


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78 COMMENTS

  1. It is wonderful to learn that this holiday was established in 1954 by the United Nations General Assembly and is still celebrated today all over the world.

  2. It is wonderful to see that a holiday established in 1954 by the United Nations General Assembly is still celebrated all over the world.

    • I think that a National Children’s Day would be great. I think many families practice “National Children’s Day” ! The children in these families are supported with love and encouragement. I still think that a National Holliday would be a great way to focus on how we should cultivate our most precious renewable resource. Children will grow up and run the country one day. Teaching them how to think and not “What” to think is very important.

  3. It so interesting to see the comparisons of children’s day in different countries. Children are such a joy to be with.

  4. It is so great to see the comparisons between children’s day in different countries. Children are such a joy to be around. They love unconditionally.

  5. We have Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in the U.S., it would be great to also have a Children’s Day!

  6. Having a children’s day makes the kids feel special and wanted. We should have this special day in the U.S.

  7. It would be nice to see video clips of students in these different countries celebrating their day. I must check out YouTube!

  8. I think it is wonderful to learn about Children’s Day in different countries, each with a different culture. Children in America do not give or show respect, and are all about entitilement. Yet In China, I can see that education is very important. Children are the future of tomorrow. It they are encouraged, that on this day, children go to parks and public areas to participate in competitions, games, concerts, and shows organized by the government and public volunteers.

    I love that children are made to feel important.

    • Hi Bonnie!
      Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. I think children learn what they are taught and what they are shown. Most assuredly many children aren’t taught about respect, but many are. I live in Texas where I still get a ‘Yes, Ma’am’ or ‘No, Ma’am’ and ‘Thank you, Ma’am’ everyday from almost every child and young adult. I won’t say there isn’t an occasional one with a lack of respect, but that person has always been there and will always be there through history. I don’t feel I could every say all ‘Children in America do not give or show respect…’ I respect my students and 99 times out of 100, I get it back.

  9. It is sad that the United States does not celebrate Children’s Day. I don’t know why I am surprised given the way that society devalues education in our country.

  10. Sounds fun! Even though we don’t officially have children’s day in the US, I think we end up doing a lot of the same types of things in an unofficial capacity. It would be cool to have some set traditions that kids could lok forward too though!

  11. How do we get credit for having read this? It said it is worth 2 points but I don’t see any way to get the points.

  12. What a wonderful way for countries to celebrate their youths, who are the future! I hope the children can feel how special they are!

  13. I so wish we did this in the USA. Children are so precious and should know how much they are cherished.

  14. This is interesting. I grew up in Oklahoma, USA and I remember celebrating Children’s Day when I was a child. It had to have been the June 1st date. I remember it was between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Hmm….

  15. I have the Chinese Holidays listed on my calendar and I knew June 1st was Children’s Day, but I did not know how popular it is. When I was small, I do remember asking my mother when Kid’s is. And her reply? “Everyday is Kid’s Day!”

  16. Our children are our future and should be celebrated! The US should have a children’s day or a family day!

  17. Interesting. It would be great if the US participated in this festivity as well to show unification among all countries.

  18. I think many of the holidays in the U.S. seem so children-oriented already, rather than whole family oriented, so the need for a specific holiday titled “Children’s Day” isn’t necessary. I love that most other holidays in China seem to focus on togetherness and traveling to be with many family members at once.

  19. It’s sad that we dont’t have an official Children’s Day in the USA. I know that in Mexico Children’s Day is on April 30.

  20. In Florida, the week of the young child is celebrated in schools with different activities each day throughout the school week.

  21. I experieced childrens day when i lived in argentina it was really fun to see. sad we dont celebrate it more here

  22. I think everyday is Children’s Day in the United States because we are good at celebrating our children’s success.

  23. Interesting how different countries celebrate Kids Day. Maybe the US could take a day in the summer to do this. Of course, most of us put kids first everyday. I know I do.

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