China Celebrates Children’s Day on June 1

26/05/2011
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I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t every day Children’s Day? I mean, really. How hard is it to be a child? They get their meals cooked, their clothes washed, their beds changed, and toys. Lots of toys. But in China, children are celebrated yearly on June 1.

Children's Day Performance

Children's Day Performance

Children's Day Performance

Children's Day Performance

 

The whole country celebrates with cards, presents, special foods, parades, and other activities. Although schools remain open, children do not attend class and are free of homework. Students participate in a wide variety of activities to strengthen allegiances to their country, have fun, and take part in, and join youth organizations such as the Communist Youth League.

Chinese Youth League

Communist Youth League

on Chinese Children's Day

on Chinese Children's Day

 

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. 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.

Children’s Day is a time of festivity for Chinese youngsters. The occasion is marked by the Children’s Day Celebration honoring model students and by numerous parent-children activities sponsored by government and civic organizations. Thus, the day not only lets the kids become king for a day, but also helps to strengthen the bond between parents and their children.