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3 Unique Children's Day celebrations around the world

3 Unique Children's Day celebrations around the world

Children are a sum of all our hopes and dreams, which is why no expense is spared when it comes to their wellbeing. Toys, books, clothing, as much food as they want… even a special holiday just for them!

It’s therefore not surprising that Children's Day is celebrated all over the world, with some places establishing age-old traditions to appreciate the presence of their children.

Here’s three of the most unique kinds of celebrations for Children’s Day that we know of. Read on to find out more!

Japan's Kodomo no Hi (Children's Day)

Japan's Children's Day, otherwise known as Kodomo no Hi, has always boasted visually stunning spectacles. On this day, families would hang up colourful carp-shaped streamers called ‘koinobori’, which symbolise the desire for their children to grow strong and healthy, while doubling as wishes of happiness and good luck.

More than just a pretty festive decoration, each koinobori is also a reflection of a parent’s love, as well as their hope that their children will continue to grow and thrive, becoming resilient and successful individuals in the future.

Turkey's National Sovereignty and Children's Day

Few places celebrate Children’s Day as seriously as the country of Turkey, where during its National Sovereignty and Children's Day, children temporarily assume key government roles, including the role of president. In fact, this president-for-a-day traditionally gets to address the country on television!

More than just some simple role-playing exercise, this unique celebration fosters a sense of responsibility and civic engagement among the younger generation, who are recognised as the nation’s future.

Mexico's Día del Niño (Children's Day)

Similar to Turkey, Mexico too recognises the importance of children in their society. For them however, celebrations during Día del Niño, or Children's Day, commonly revolves around the theme of friendship, generosity, and gift-giving. This "Festival of Friends" therefore sees children exchanging gifts with their peers, emphasising the value of camaraderie and sharing.

Día del Niño is also a day for families to spend quality time together, as it’s deemed important for the adults to be reminded about the virtues of being a child and the value they bring to society. That’s why it’s not uncommon at all to see plenty of fun being had during this day, accompanied by generous amounts of good food for everyone!


As you can probably tell, these unique Children's Day celebrations offer profound life lessons wrapped in culturally rich traditions. They underscore that education extends beyond textbooks, emphasising the importance of well-rounded, empathetic, and resilient individuals.

While you might be reading this article half a world away from where these fantastic traditions are taking place, take heart; there’s plenty of opportunities for you to make Children’s Day something more than just a simple day off from school. Whether it's flying kites, allowing them to make important decisions for just one day, or just spending quality time together, your children will surely feel valued and respected as a result.

Happy Children's Day to you and your children, no matter where you are in the world!

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