By Sister Sonia-Marie Fernández, MHSH
The World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland, proclaimed June 1 to be International Children’s Day in 1925. The Day is usually marked with speeches on children’s rights and well-being, children’s television programs, parties, various actions involving or dedicated to children and family activities.
Universal Children’s Day
Universal Universal Children’s Day takes place on November 20 annually. First proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954, it was established to encourage all countries to institute a day, first to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children and second to initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world’s children.
Día de los niños – Children’s Day
Día de los niños is celebrated on various days in many places around the world to honor children. Although most Latin American countries celebrate it at different dates, we at St. Gabriel’s Church in Baltimore, Maryland–due to a large population of Mexicans–celebrate it the Sunday closer to the date they celebrate it in Mexico: April 30th. We celebrate with ALL the children of the parish since we are a multi-cultural parish—so we have children who are North American, Africans, Asians, African-American, Filipino and Hispanics from Central and South America. We honor children and childhood by having a fun time for them—providing delicious traditional foods, along with other typical picnic food, and entertain them with activities like piñata making, face painting, and a variety of games for all ages.