Family is supremely important in Mexico and other Latin America countries. So it is no surprise that these countries have a day celebrating the youngest members of families – children. El Dia de los Ninos or Children’s Day takes place on April 30th in Mexico and other countries throughout Latin America.
Children look forward to this day as teachers forgo lessons for the day and instead organize games, special foods, music and other fun activities. The main focus of Children’s Day is on making children feel special. In shopping malls all over Mexico, special events with music, clowns, magicians and balloons take place. Zoos, Amusement Parks and Children’s Museums offer special deals for children. The day is full of laughter and play and adults are reminded of the importance of childhood and how simple and joyful life can be. Worldwide, El Día del Niño became an official celebration in 1954, when the U.N. General Assembly recommended this day to promote the well-being of children everywhere.and to recognize that children represent the hopes and dreams of every community.
In Latin America, parents as well as teachers strive to make sure that children know they are cherished and loved. El Día de los Niño is not only about pampering children, it is also a day for bringing awareness about the rights of children and reminding parents and teachers of their responsibility to safeguard children’s well-being. Children’s Day is a cultural event that recognizes the importance of nurturing the younger human beings of our societies.
In the United States, a growing number of cities, schools, libraries, museums, churches and other community organizations are embracing this celebration by planning activities and events that celebrate children. Locally, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum will be celebrating El Dia de los Ninos with free museum admission on Sunday, April 28th. The festivities will honor children and celebrate the Latino cultures.
The staff of MLJ Adoptions strives to serve children every single day of the year. But on this special day, we encourage everyone to celebrate the children in their lives and to remember the millions of children in our world who must live without the support and encouragement of families.
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