About Children’s Day

Every year on 14th November, educational institutions in India gather all their students and celebrate Children’s Day. We all know that the day marks the birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister. However, Children's Day was first observed on November 20 as part of Universal Children's Day, which the UN proclaimed. Following Jawaharlal Nehru's passing in 1964, India started observing his birthday as Children's Day. The day primarily celebrates his love for children and the nation as children are the future of tomorrow. And even though the day marks its place on 14th November in India, other countries celebrate the same on various other days.

When is Children’s Day Celebrated Around the World

On December 14, 1954, India and Uruguay introduced a joint resolution in the United Nations General Assembly to encourage all countries to establish a Universal Children's Day. So, on November 20, 1959, the United Nations adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, which is why most countries celebrate the day on the 20th. However, other countries have their own significant dates. Some of them are-

Date Country
17 March Bangladesh
4 April Hong kong
30 April Mexico
Second Sunday of June US
1st or 2nd Friday of October Singapore
Fourth Saturday of October Malaysia
20 November Canada

Facts You May Not Know About Children’s Day

No information is complete without some fun facts and trivia. Here are some Universal Children’s Day facts to share across.

  • On January 6th, France marks Family Day instead of Children's Day.
  • In some countries, such as Turkey and Argentina, Children's Day is a national holiday.
  • Australia observes 'Children's Week,' which runs from the Saturday before Universal Children's Day to the following Sunday.
  • On June 1st, 1925, Geneva, Switzerland, declared International Children's Day.

How is Children's Day Celebrated Around the World

Various cultural events and programmes are organised across schools and educational institutions as a part of Children’s Day. Kids are also pampered with unique Children’s Day gifts that mark the day more special for them. In some places, parents and mentors also participate in the celebrations and let their children know the value of education and their existence.