We will talk about it further in the text, and also figure out what events are planned for this day in different cities of Ukraine.
History of the holiday
International Children's Day is one of the oldest international holidays. According to some reports, the idea to celebrate it arose on June 1, 1925
On this day, the Consul General of the People's Republic of China in San Francisco found Chinese orphans in the city and arranged solemn events for them on the occasion of the national holiday that symbolizes the beginning of summer - Duan-wu-Jie (Dragon Boat Festival). The diplomat's venture did not go unnoticed.
And by an interesting coincidence, on June 1, 1925, another significant event took place: the first international conference was held in Geneva, during which the problems of children were discussed. It is believed that these two events became decisive in choosing the date of the holiday.
At the same time, the official year of birth of International Children's Day is considered not 1925, but 1949. It was then that a special session of the International Democratic Federation of Women was held in Paris, at which it was decided to establish a children's holiday.
This was due to the terrible situation of children around the world in the post-war period: many minors were left orphans, homeless, food, sick, which could not be ignored by the international community.
Celebrating the holiday began as early as next year: in 1950, solemn events were held in 51 countries. In 1959, the UN adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, which called on parents, civil society organizations and governments to recognize the rights of children and promote their observance. True, this document was rather a recommendation.
In 1989, the organization presented the first international document of a relevant nature - the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Ukraine joined this Convention in 1991 but began to celebrate the holiday in 1998 - after President Leonid Kuchma signed a corresponding decree on May 30.
In our country, this holiday is not a day off, except for cases when Children's Day falls on Saturday or Sunday.
Children's Day in Ukraine
Almost all regional centers of Ukraine on Tuesday, June 1, will host events dedicated to Children's Day.
So, in Lviv at 10:00 a children's holiday is planned in the educational and rehabilitation center "Dzherelo". At the Center for Social Support for orphans and children deprived of parental care, and internally displaced persons, a screening of the comedy animated blockbuster "Ponchary: Global Rounding" will be organized. In addition, a master class on drawing a still life "The world around you" will be held in the Lviv center for providing services to combatants for children of Donbas veterans.
On the occasion of the holiday, Kyiv decided to provide financial assistance to parents - educators of family-type orphanages, foster and foster families. In particular, payments in the amount of 255 USD will be received by:
foster carers who bring up from 1 to 3 children left without parental care, orphans and/or children deprived of parental care;
foster parents who bring up from 1 to 3 orphans, children deprived of parental care, persons from among orphans, and children deprived of parental care.
Help in the amount of 500 USD will be received by parents-educators, foster parents raising from 4 to 6 orphans, children deprived of parental care, persons from among children-orphans, and children deprived of parental care. For 700 USD - parent-educators who bring up 7 or more orphans, children deprived of parental care, persons from among children-orphans, and children deprived of parental care.
In Odesa, festive events, including entertainment programs, concerts, exhibitions, contests, charity events, excursions, master classes, sports competitions, presenting gifts and sweet treats, will last until June 6.
In Zaporizhia, International Children's Day began to be celebrated yesterday, on May 31. So, in the cinema and concert hall hosted a festive event to which orphans, children deprived of parental care, as well as children in difficult life circumstances were invited.
In addition, within the framework of the Children of Zaporizhia program, 56 graduates of the 11th grade who are orphans received certificates for 80 USD each.
In Dnipro today at 15:00 in the park of Heroes a marathon of talents will begin, dedicated to the Children's Day. In the concert program: contests, performances by creative teams, master classes of arts and crafts.
In total, at least five more events are planned for this day in Dnipro, which are described in more detail on the website of the city council.
In Uzhgorod, Children's Day will be celebrated with an open-air concert. Also, within the framework of the holiday, the winners of the photo exhibition "World of Children's Dreams", the regional festival of game programs from the Zakarpattia Regional Academic Puppet Theater will be awarded.
In Vinnytsia at 14:00 on the European Square, near the Tower, a charity concert will begin, at which funds will be collected to help children with cancer.
In Rivne, events on the occasion of the holiday began yesterday, May 31, and will last until June 6. Here on this link details from the City Council.
In Chernivtsi, the celebration will also be quite intense. The planned events include concerts, entertainment and game programs, master classes in arts and crafts, competitions, and contests.
In Sumy, festive events last from May 25. They include watching films for children of combatants, a creative action, installation exhibitions, entertainment and game shows, master classes, excursions, etc.
In Lutsk, the city festival "We are your children, Ukraine" (starting at 11:00) and a festival of ideas for children's leisure (starting at 15:00) are planned for today.