Celebrating Children’s and Parents’ Day

*UV Village, Sri Lanka


We asked the children what was celebrated on the 1st of October in Sri Lanka? All the children knew that it was Children’s Day! Some of the children knew that it was also Parents’ Day. Their teacher explained to them the meaning of Children’s Day. She told them that this event is celebrated all over the world, though not on the same date in each country. This is a day when children can come to school wearing their choice of clothing and no teaching is done, as it is a day of fun!


How did this special day start? It started when the UN General Assembly recommended that all countries should establish a Universal Children's Day observed every year on the 20th of November since 1954. This  is a day to protect children from having to work long hours in unsafe conditions; allowing all children to have access to learning; and to work towards achieving many other rights for children.


The teacher then asked the students when Parent’s Day came into existence. The children did not know, so she told them that it was established in 1994, when President Bill Clinton signed a congressional resolution into law for recognising, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children. This is a day to give thanks for great parents, who have shaped their children’s lives in such a beautiful way. On Parents’ Day, children are encouraged to make their parents feel special and convey their hearts’ feelings. Parents’ Day is a day of celebration with the entire family, with the goal being to honour parents.


The reason for celebrating this day is to thank and acknowledge parents for all they have done for their children. Parents create a miniature copy of the greater world of society. This miniature world is comprised of a man and woman becoming father and mother. Parents make a family, which forms the fundamental concept and first institution of love for a child. It is the first school for the child, where he/she learns the values of life. A child is like the potter’s soft clay, which can be shaped. The molding of the child for the future and instilling values to lead his/her life are the duties of their parents, which they fulfill throughout their lives.


Bringing up of children in the proper way is truly a great responsibility. Parents go to great lengths to raise their children. They sacrifice their entire life for nurturing this relationship through selfless service rendered for their young ones. That is the reason why Parents’ Day is celebrated. Dedicating a single day of the year to parents provides their children an opportunity to acknowledge their love and efforts.


The children were given cakes and tea. They sang and danced and the day ended with them singing the national anthem. 


Thank you!



GHNI National Field Leader

*For purposes of security “UV Village” is a pseudonym for the village being helped by these projects.