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Sunday, November 13, 2005

childrens day celebrations

14th November, the birthday of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, is celebrated all over the country every year as Children’s day or Bal divas. Pandit-ji or Chacha Nehru, as the children fondly called him, loved children and wanted to see that they brought glory to the motherland. On this occasion, programs are held in schools, children film shows are arranged and social leaders try to bring joy to the lives of the deprived children for at least one day in the year. However, no amount of legislation has been able to curb the exploitation of child labor – even today, they slog in hotels and restaurants, in fireworks factories, in the zaree and construction industries. The authorities seldom take the culprits to task. The deprived children are compelled to live in miserable conditions from which there is no salvation. They grow up with bitterness in their minds. In due course of time, they turn to illegal activities. Alas, the dreams of Chacha Nehru remain as dreams for them. For the TV addicts, the day should be of movies meant specially for children, movies that they can enjoy, movies like Home Alone or Baby’s day out or Tiger King of ET and not serious off beat films where sentiments rule. Why, oh why can our filmmakers not make simple films for children and not resort to gimmicks of trying to toss up a khichdi that has little or no takers – not even if you make it Tax free.

Universal Children's Day as declared by the Institute for Planetary Synthesis, Geneva is on the 1st Monday in October; also 20 November, adoption by the U.N. General Assembly of the Convention on the Rights of the Child –

Children’s day is celebrated in New Zealand on October 30th – see news report –

In Canada there are two days earmarked - 20 November: National Child Day - National Child Day celebrates two historic events for children: the adoption of the United Nations' Declaration on the Rights of the Child (1959) and Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989). 25 May: National Missing Children's Day - National Missing Children's Day raises public awareness of the Canadian children who go missing each year, and highlights the success of the federal Our Missing Children program.

Children's day Celebrations in Japan (known as Shichigosan Blessing) is among the most colorful rituals in the world. Every November parents take their 3 and 5 year-old boys and 3 and 7 year-old girls, dressed up in their best traditional Japanese kimono and fashionable costumes, to local shrines to receive divine blessings. This charming event, which is celebrated all over the country, remains one of the happiest memories of everyone's childhood. The 6th International Children’s Day celebrations were held on 8-9/10/2005.


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