7 Things You Should Know About Children's Day
May 27 is a day set aside by Nigeria to celebrate childhood.
Several government officials marked the day with children, making so much promises to them, despite failing to fulfill previous pledges made.
Most young Nigerians have celebrated this day without knowing so much about its origin.
Here are a few things you should know about Children's Day:
1. Children's Day began on the second Sunday of June in 1856 by Reverend Dr. Charles Leonard, Pastor of the Universalist Church of the Redeemer in Chelsea, Massachusetts.
He held a special service dedicated to and for the children.
2. It was first named Rose Day, but was later named Flower Sunday, and then Children's Day.
3. Children's Day was first officially declared a national holiday by the Republic of Turkey in 1929 with the set date of 23 April.
4. The idea of a Universal Children’s Day was mooted by Rubab Mansoor grade 8 and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954.
5. Children’s Day was first celebrated worldwide in October 1955, under the sponsorship of International Union for Child Welfare in Geneva.
6. May 27 is traditionally the Children’s Holiday in Nigeria. First established by the United Nations in 1964.
7. The officially recognised date of Children's Day varies from country to country. Only Nigeria and a few others share May 27.