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Children are special and it goes without saying that it is the finest phase where life is enjoyed to the fullest. Children are so precious and go about life, unbothered and being merry in their own world. Children are the catalyst, crucial to propel any nation’s progress. Hence, a special day is marked to celebrate the happiness of children. Universally it is celebrated on November 20. 

In India, Children’s Day is celebrated on 14th November. This day marks the birth centenary of renowned freedom fighter and independent India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who treasured children very much and it is to honour and to acknowledge his contribution and involvement in Children welfare; Nehruji’s birth anniversary is remembered as Bal Diwas or Children’s day. 

Children’s day in India is celebrated with a lot of gusto and is filled with a range of fun-filled activities at majority of schools throughout India.  Understanding the true essence of Children’s Day that is very relevant today is important. The core values and vital disciplines learned as a child are responsible for shaping the kind of adulthood one has. It is the primary duty of parents, teachers and other elder members of family to teach their child the value of sharing with those who are not so fortunate, then a child can grow into a responsible human being and will build a bright future of  the nation.

Spend some quality time with your kids today and dish out these Children's Day special recipes together and make a memorable day out of it. Understanding the nutritional needs of your kid, try making such dishes which provides most health benefits. Use fresh fruits, dry fruits and green leafy vegetables to make combination of healthy tasty recipes. Instead of feeding them outdoor food, try making those delightful treats at home. Involving them in the cooking process will help them understand the value of each ingredient which will help develop their taste buds and improve their eating habits. Afterall a balanced meal will stabilize your child’s energy levels, sharpen his/her mental abilities and will help in their development. 

A day marked for children

Children’s Day was first celebrated in the year 1954, as decided by the UN General Assembly. Till 1959, it was universally celebrated in the month of October. But after 1959, 20th November was chosen for the celebration of Children’s Day, as this date marks the anniversary of the day in 1959, when the Declaration of the Rights of the Child was adopted by the U.N. General Assembly. Since then 20th November is celebrated as the Universal Children’s Day around the world.

In 1989 the Convention on the Rights of the Child was signed on the same date. The main objective of this day was to promote the welfare of children and communal exchange among them all over the world.

The People’s Republic of China celebrates Children’s Day on first of June every year. An interesting rule here is that on this Day no homework is given to children and schools remain off . National Children’s Day in Japan is known as Kodomo no Hi and it is celebrated on May 5. In India, it is celebrated on 14th of November every year.

Children's Day festival focuses to identify the talent, education, health, cultural, financial and social needs of children. This day celebration also helps create awareness and uplift children’s social rights too. We cannot hide the fact that a large number of children in India are not getting basic privilege like health care, sanitation and education. This day many organisations come forward to support this worthy cause.

Government departments announce various schemes and organize various competitions and events for the children. All over the country, various cultural, social, and even corporate institutions conduct quizzes, fancy dress competitions and elocution contests for children. The electronic media also airs special programmes for children. Yes, there are special offers too- for kids in shopping malls, theaters and amusement parks. 

 

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