Tuesday, May 31, 2011

International Children's Day

The World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland proclaimed June 1 to be International Children's Day in 1925. It is not clear as to why June 1 was chosen as the International Children's Day: one theory has it that the Chinese consul-general in San Francisco (USA) gathered a number of Chinese orphans to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival in 1925, which happened to be on June 1 that year, and also coincided with the conference in Geneva. The holiday is celebrated on 1 June each year. It is usually marked with speeches on children's rights and wellbeing, children TV programs, parties, various actions involving or dedicated to children, families going out etc. It was adopted mostly by former and current Communist and Socialist countries. -- Wikipedia (25 images)

A Chinese boy, chases bubbles while playing with other children at Beijing's Zoo park on International Children's Day in China, Tuesday, June 1, 2010. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
A Chinese girl screams when she takes part in a "Who has the loudest voice" competition, in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang province, as locals celebrate International Children's Day on June 1, 2010. A dramatic rise in prosperity has created "previously unheard-off possibilities for upward mobility" and in turn stoked pressures on children to do well at school. AFP / Getty Images

A Chinese girl eats an ice lolly while visiting with her family to Beijing's Zoo on International Children's Day, China, Tuesday, June 1, 2010. President Hu Jintao called for greater attention to be paid in safeguarding children in a speech for the annual Children's Day holiday, in a year that has seen a slew of violent attacks in schools in China. AP / Muhammed Muheisen

Chinese children, play in an alley of a neighborhood of Beijing, China, Sunday, May 30, 2010. AP / Muhammed Muheisen

A Chinese girl, dressed as an angel stands by a fontain while visiting with her family, unseen, Beijing's Zoo, on International Children's Day, China, Tuesday, June 1, 2010. AP / Muhammed Muheisen

A child takes picture of the bacteria images displayed inside a room during a tour on children day at the Science Museum in Beijing, China Tuesday, June 1, 2010. AP / Andy Wong

A Chinese boy, left, reacts while he plays on a hydraulic transmission with his schoolmate during a tour on International Children's Day at the Science Museum in Beijing, China Tuesday, June 1, 2010. AP / Andy Wong

School children watch their schoolmate playing the Three Dimensional Rolling Circle during a tour on International Children's Day at the Science Museum in Beijing, China Tuesday, June 1, 2010. AP / Andy Wong

A group of Chinese parents help their babies exercise as they take part in an activity to celebrate the International Children's Day, in Beijing on May 31, 2010. The Chinese tradition of grandparents helping young couples with their kids still exists but is fraught with difficulties, from conflicts over how to raise the children to the fading strength of the elder generation. AFP / Getty Images

Young Chinese children take part in a fashion parade at a theme park in Beijing on June 1, 2010, as part of Children's Day celebrations. A third of primary schoolchildren in China are suffering from psychological ill-health as a result of classroom stress and parental pressure, according to a study published British and Chinese researchers. AFP / Getty Images

Cambodian children lay in a hammock for sleeping at the sidewalk in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, June 1, 2010. AP / Heng Sinith

Female inmates and their children await food donations from a local aid agency, at Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh on June 1, 2010. The local human rights group LICADHO donated food to prisoners to mark International Children's Day. Cambodia has committed itself to end the worst forms of child labor by 2016. This commitment was made last year during the World Day Against Child Labor, by the Deputy Prime Minister of the country. The Royal Government has implemented steps to realize this goal. AFP / Getty Images / Tang Chhin Sothy

Palestinian children sit in a basket pulled by a motorcycle in Gaza City on May 28, 2010. AFP / Getty Images / Mohammed Abed

Afghan children greet a Canadian soldier with the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, patrolling Salavat, Panjwayi district, southwest of Kandahar, Afghanistan, Monday, May 31, 2010. AP / Anja Niedringhaus

An Afghan refugee child walks back home with dry wood at the poor neighborhood on outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, May 30, 2010. AP / Vincent Thian

Afghan children watch Canadian soldiers with the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, on foot patrol in Salavat, Panjwayi district, southwest of Kandahar, Afghanistan, Monday, May 31, 2010. AP / Anja Niedringhaus

Children stand in queue to get free food outside a hospital in Lahore, Pakistan on Thursday, May 27, 2010. AP / K.M. Chaudary

Pakistani children smile for the camera after attending their afternoon class in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, June 2, 2010. AP / Vincent Thian

Bangladeshi children jump into the Buriganga river in Dhaka on May 31, 2010. Bangladesh is one of the poorest nations on the planet with 40 percent of its population living on less than 1 USD per day. AFP / Getty Images / Munir Uz Zaman

An Indian woman rides a two-wheeler with two children who appear to doze off as they drive through a busy street on a hot afternoon in Hyderabad, India, Monday, May 31, 2010. AP / Mahesh Kumar A

Indian children play at a water theme park, in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, May 27, 2010. Severe heat conditions continued in several parts of India. AP / Mahesh Kumar A

A woman and two children cross a flooded way after the Mico river overflowed due to heavy rains from tropical storm Agatha in Amatitlan, Guatemala, Tuesday June 1, 2010. AP / Moises Castillo

Russian kids play in a giant sand box installed on Dvortsovaya Square in central St. Petersburg on June 1, 2010 in celebration of the nationwide holiday Protection of Children Day. AFP / Getty Images / Kirill Kudryavtsev

Ukrainian babies, in the one year-old category, take part in the crawling run during a Baby Drive competition in Kiev on May 31, 2010. Dozens of babies crawled the four-meter distance on all fours during the International Children's Day celebrated on June 1, 2010. AFP / Getty Images / Sergei Supinsky

Kids play soccer on an open field at a squatter camp in Soweto, South Africa, Wednesday June 2, 2010. The Soccer World Cup is going to be kicked off on June 11. AP / Themba Hadebe

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