HeyHey and a Huge G'Day Toya What is International Children's Day? Why is International Children's Day held on June 1st here in China? 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 ill-treatment children. In 1949 the Chinese government formally regulated June 1st as 'International Children's Day'. Believe me when I say that 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 to do its best to provide them with a good family, social, and educational environment is a goal worked upon. Of course many think it could do better and like every country in the world, it probably do better! China is the perfect country to celebrate Children's day. They have a huge love for festivals and celebrations so it really is a great 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, the afternoon before Children's Day (or yesterday afternoon) the school held a 'Trash N Treasure' afternoon for the students. The students got to bring in a heap of what they don't want or use anymore and sell it to each other. Most of what the students earned was donated to a local charity and the left over was used to help buy supplies for the Children's Day classroom party. Eg; balloons and sweets etc. It was a great afternoon. The students spent it out of the basketball courts with their little bundle of 'Trash N Treasure' and they all walked around and purchased from each other. I spent my time either racing from pile to pile or being dragged along by students. I would then purchase a heap of things which I then gave away to other students for them to sell again. The night of Children's Day or the night before is usually when the song and dance contest is held. It is usually a 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 got past 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 though, 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. Here is something I found to explain what I mean when I say that most of us really have no idea that Children's Day actually exists; 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. Even desk and wall calendars fail to note this holiday which is perplexing. 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. [/i] 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 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. We felt special as children and were treated as royalty.
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][/i] [/i][/i] So I leave you with wishes and hope that all the children in our world will one day get to celebrate International Children's Day! Beers N Noodles to you all....shane The soundtrack to this entry was by a band called Ride. The album was 'Going Blank Again' For those like me who love the 90's 'English Guitar' sound, Ride really are an awesome band to listen to.