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Children’s Day is an annual celebration in different countries of the world on a various dates. It is a day set aside to honour and celebrate children and their significance in our lives. Now, here are some interesting facts: 1. Most countries have national dates for Children’s Day. However, there’s also an agreed date for universal celebration by countries called Universal Children’s Day (UCD) which is November 20th.   2. Universal Children’s Day was first declared a special day by the World Conference for the well-being of children in 1925 and then established internationally in 1954.   3.The day was set aside specifically to promote the objectives outlined in the UN Charter and for the welfare of children; a promotion that’s to take place among all member countries unitedly. Notably, the date in itself is significant – November 20, 1958, when United Nations adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, and November 20, 1989, when the Convention on the Rights of the Child was officially adopted.   4. While Nigeria celebrates its National Children’s Day on May 27, these are some national dates set aside by some other countries: Second Sunday of June (United States) September 20 (Germany) October 12 (Brazil) First Saturday of November (South Africa) Christmas Day/December 25 (Congo and Cameroon)   5. Interestingly, Britain doesn’t celebrate a National Children’s Day.    

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This article was first published on 27th May 2015

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Ify Halim is a Writer and media enthusiast based in Lagos. She enjoys writing self-help/inspirational articles with published work in UYD Magazine, Edufrica, Our Stories Inc. and The Keele Concourse. She currently works at ConnectNigeria.com, Nigeria’s Information Portal. Follow her on Twitter @MissHalim or visit her online space at ifyhalim.wordpress.com


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