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International Day for Protection of Children celebrated on 1 June

01 June 2016

On 1 June, the International Day for Protection of Children, one of the oldest international holidays, is celebrated all over the world.

The Children’s Day was established by the Women’s International Democratic Federation during its special session in November 1949 which was held in Moscow. The first celebration took place on 1 June 1950. It was held by 51 countries.

The need for social protection of the children’s rights was proclaimed by the Geneva Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1924. The Declaration calls on parents, public organisations, and governments to recognise the rights of children and to facilitate their implementation.

The holiday is typically marked with various activities such as contests, performances, camping trips for children to have fun and enjoy themselves. Nowadays, the International Children’s Day is celebrated in former Soviet republics, republics which ceded from Yugoslavia, as well as some other European, African, Asian and Latin American countries.

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