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International Children's Day in China - Part I

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya, Here is another of my Chinese Calander dates that I have been slowly working through over the past several years. As usual it includes some information I've found, what I got up to on the day and the usual photos at the bottom of the page. This will be part one of this years Children's Day Travelpod Entries. This year, Children's Day is on a Sunday so we had the 'Bezerk Classroom Fun' on Friday, 30th May. Usually we would have celebrated it on the Sunday but this year is a special year for my school. At the end of next week we will have several teachers and students come to stay with us from Singapore. Over the past several months both students and teachers have been practicing their 'stuff' for the 'Big Night' and I think their big night will be held in a special place on Monday, 9th June and this will be the second Children's Day Travelpod entry. It will be full of colour and very exciting! I can't wait! <u>What is International Children's Day & where did it come from?</u></b> [/i] From Wikipedia the free encyclopedia[/i] [/i] <u>Children's Day in many countries around the world. </u>[/i] [/i] The ICD had its origin in Turkey in 1920 (April 23, 1920) and later in the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland in 1925. It is not clear as to why June 1 was chosen as the ICD: one theory has it that the Chinese consul-general in San Francisco (USA) gathered a number of Chinese orphans to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival in 1925, which happened to be on June 1 that year, and also coincided with the conference in Geneva. [/i] [/i] June 1 has since been observed as the ICD by numerous countries, especially by Communist countries; in the Western world the ICD is usually celebrated on other days of the year (if at all), and there is often little public awareness about these celebrations. (See the section on Germany below for further discussions.) Consequently there is sometimes a misperception that June 1 as the ICD was a Communist invention. Nonetheless, in recent years even some groups within the United States started observing the ICD on June 1. [/i] <u>Why is International Children's Day held on June 1st here in China?</u></b> From what I have found there was in a meeting in Moscow in December 1949 where the Women's International Democratic Federation (WIDF) declared June 1st as International Children's Day to ensure children's survival, health care, rights of education and against the of ill-treatment children. In 1949 the Chinese government formally regulated June 1st as 'International Children's Day'. Believe me, every year in China the 1st of June is celebrated in a huge and special way. Children are the future custodians of the Chinese Nation, and I guess they do their best to provide them with a good family, social, and educational environment and it is a goal worked upon. Of course many think it could do better and like every country in the world, it probably could do better! Nevertheless, China is the perfect country to celebrate Children's day. They have a huge love for festivals and celebrations so it really is a grate time. The day is enjoyed with friends, families, students and fellow teachers. Many schools put on a song and dance contest and allow the students to put on a party in their classroom. The morning is usually spent watching a DVD in class, followed by a party where the children go absolutely berserk. The students are then free to go home for the afternoon to be with friends and family. This year, as Children's Day is on a Sunday we had the 'Bezerk Classroom Fun' on Friday, 30th May. Usually we would have celebrated it on the Sunday but this year is a special year for my school. At the end of next week we will have several teachers and students come to stay with us from Singapore. From what I've been told some of our teachers and students are swapping with them. The night of Children's Day or the night before is usually when the song and dance contest is held. It is usually a very beautiful and colourful event. My school in Tianyang went all out for their students on Children's Day. I know many people think China is not such a 'giving' country. In some ways they can be said to be right but in other ways until you have lived here for a time and have gotten passed everything you have read and actually become part of society they can also said to be completely wrong. Remember that what the government is known for is hardly what society is really like. Education really is hard here for the students but in some ways the country really does show its love of its people. Just like back home, each city, town and village is responsible for its children. On a more sad note; It really does seem that Children's Day isn't celebrated in many countries. In fact I don't remember celebrating it at all in any of the Australian primary schools I attended. Sadly I remember celebrating the Queens birthday every year during primary and secondary school and continuing the celebrations every year after. Luckily for its workers Australia will celebrate the Queens birthday next weekend with the usual granting of a public holiday. Until coming here I always thought it was funny that we celebrated the birthday of a Queen none of us had ever met (and for many, nor really want) along with celebrating a three minute horse race called the Melbourne Cup. Don't get me wrong, public holidays have become rare in Victoria Australia and I'm happy to celebrate any 'Old Jack or Jills' Birthday to get a public holiday. But should we really celebrate the Queens birthday over celebrating Children's Day? In fact to make it even funnier, we choose to celebrate her birthday many months after her actual birthday. HHHhhhhmmm! [/i] <u>People's Republic of China</u>[/i]</b> [/i] From Wikipedia the free encyclopedia [/i] [/i] In the People's Republic of China, Children's Day is celebrated on June 1 and is formally known as "The June 1st International Children's Day. When the People's Republic of China was first established in 1949, the State Council (Cabinet) designated a half-a-day holiday for all primary schools on June 1st. This was later made into a full day's break in 1956 with The Announcement by the State Council to make June 1st Children's Day a One Day Public Holiday. [/i] [/i] Schools usually organizes activities such as camping trips or free movies on Children's day to allow students to have fun, and Children of civil servants might also receive small gifts from the government. Entrance Ceremonies of the Young Pioneers of China (similar to boy scouts in the West) are frequently held on June 1st as well. [/i] [/i] <u>Western Countries such as Australia & America</u>[/i]</b> [/i] (I found this last year and it was one of about five pages I found)[/i] [/i] Sandwiched between Mother's Day and Father's Day is the little known holiday of Children's Day that occurs on the second Sunday of June. Am I the only one who remembers such a day? Research leaves me with a feeling of frustration as I look for the origin of this holiday. [/i] [/i] Even desk and wall calendars fail to note this holiday which is perplexing. [/i] [/i] It seems that the holiday has lost its significance through the years. I have been hard pressed to find any of my colleagues at work who knew or had ever heard of Children's Day although they agreed it was an excellent sentiment. However, I do have a calendar book that lists Children's Day as June 10th this year proving that I am not chasing an esoteric figment of a confused and befuddled mind! [/i] [/i] Traditionally our family would return home from church and have dinner together. Then our parents would give us a gift as a token of their love. The excitement and anticipation of what we would be given was second only to Christmas! We would excitedly open our gifts and then express our gratitude to our parents. [/i] [/i] We felt special as children and were treated as royalty. [/i] [/i] Depending upon family traditions, each family would continue the celebration in its own way. Our family loved to go on Sunday rides so Children's Day was sometimes celebrated by going on a family ride in our station wagon with our ever burgeoning family (10 children being the final count). [/i] [/i] <u>Universal Children's Day</u></b> [/i] From Wikipedia the free encyclopedia [/i] [/i] The United Nations General Assembly recommended in 1954 (resolution 836(IX)) that all countries institute a Universal Children's Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children and of activity promoting the welfare of the world's children. It suggested to governments that the Day be observed on the date which each considers appropriate. [/i] [/i] The date of 20 November marks the day in which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989 and is often the day chosen by countries as their own designated day to observe Universal Children's Day. [/i] [/i] State governments are responsible for passing legislation providing a day and name appropriate for their compliance with the United Nations General Assembly resolution. United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights / UN Committee on the Rights of the Child [/i] [/i] So I leave you with wishes and hope that all the children in our world will one day get to celebrate either International Children's Day or Universal Children's Day!

<u>PS:</u> After the Bezerk Classroom Fun I was invited to my favourite students home for green tea and then onto another of my favourite students homes. Both are in my most favourite class ever which is one of my Grade 5 classes. The girl is Alice (the one with both hands on the air with a huge smile on her face) and she reminds me so much of Luo Wei (Amigo). She has the same personality that everyone seems to adore and of course she wins all the class/school awards AND also like Luo Wei, somehow does it without being picked on for being a 'nerd or a brainiack!'.

She is never bossy and all the students listen to her and what she says pretty much goes without question. Why? Because it is never about what is best for her. It is always about what is the right thing to do at the time. The boy (the one with the speaker made from a cardboard box), I actually can't remember either his Chinese or English name. I know him simply as XP. Everything about him (including ALL his sentences and answers in my English class) is either about science or technology. He also wins all the class/school awards but is pretty much known as a brainiack! I was absolutely stunned by what he calls his 'science room'. Boxes and draws full of parts of 'this and that' that he uses to create other 'this and that's. Most of what he was chirping on about I really had no idea about even though some of it was in English.

Beers N Noodles to you all....shane ____________________________________________________ The soundtrack to this entry was by the Cowboy Junkies The album was the beautiful 'Pale Sun' _____________________________________________________

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