Today is National Children’s Day in Canada.
Celebrated on different days in many places around the world, Children’s Day calls society to a greater awareness of the plight of millions of children globally who are denied the basic necessities of a happy childhood and education.
Children’s Day is also the time to reflect on the conditions in society which affect the lives and futures of our own children.
In the 1950’s the United Nations recommended that all countries should establish a Universal Children’s Day centered on the rights of children.
Celebrations throughout the world include parades, ceremonies and gift-giving. Some countries have even established Children’s Day as a national holiday. In one country all drivers are expected to drive with their lights on all day long to demonstrate extra vigilance over children’s safety.
The children of today are our future of tomorrow.
Take time today to make a child smile.