Mongolia celebrates June 1st as Children’s Day!!
Mongolia celebrated June 1 as Children’s Day. It was started after the enactment of “World Conference for the Wellbeing of Children” in 1925 in Geneva, Switzerland. It’s named as “Children’s Day” in 1952 aiming for respect the rights of children and celebration of children’s growth.
The name has changed to “Mothers' and Children's Day” by the first prime minister of
Mongolia in 1995 (after democratization) and it is enacted as a national holiday. Although it was fixed as “Children’s Day” again around 2003, it is still celebrated as the meaning of
“Mothers' and Children's Day” even now.
Merrymaking around the city!!
Because all schools and public authorities are closed on Children’s Day, families with children go out with a whole family. On this day, automobiles in the city run with its headlight on even during a day to express the respect the rights of children.
Special events such as art contest and parade to be held at large squares within the capital city of Ulan Bator. Those squares are filled with dressed up children and it look like a field of flowers.
On this day, children’s theatres, movie theatres, playgrounds and amusement parks to provide variety of programs with “Children’s Day discount” or free of charge. Amusement parks are very crowded on this day because there are not so many amusement parks in Mongolia.
Some people celebrate Children’s Day at home to avoid crowds or heat. They cook children’s favorite dishes and bake cakes.
Famous singers and bands to perform at squares in the evening. Because Mongolia is the country with high latitude and longer daylight hours, children can enjoy watching evening performances with their parents and grandparents and then they watch fireworks for “Children’s Day” in the end of the day.
What kind of goodies are given to children?
Of course gifts are given to children. But it is different from Japan and gifts are given from parents’ employers on the day before the Children’s Day. This style has been passed down to modernity since the Communist era. In old days, gifts were distributed to children of under 18 years old through parents’ employers but today as being Democracy, parents cover the costs for gifts and their colleague goes shopping.
A gift package is filled with a picture book, toys and goodies. Since after Children’s Day has become “Mothers' and Children's Day,” children who became adults or husbands to give a bouquet of flowers or gifts to their mothers or wives become common.
Precious memories of Children’s Day
Generally, “Children’s Day” is spent as being explained above. At last, I would like to share my experience and memories of Children’s Day.
I was very excited about it and
I could hardly wait for June 1st to come. My head was full with thoughts of Children’s Day; “I wish May to be over sooner, what kind of gifts do I get this year, where my dad and mom would take me to, I wonder if all automobiles to turn on headlights, I want to see fireworks” What I was excited about the most was “Children’s Day event” which was held at my parent’s office.
It was like family day in Japan but today, it is hardly held by companies. I dressed up and hold hands with my dad and mom, I could visit my parents’ office where I rarely go to, singing and drawing contests, had delicious dishes and cakes, and then played at an amusement park. They are my precious memories of Children’s Day. This celebration has stopped when I entered a junior high school.
Children are treated like a king or a queen on Children’s Day.
By the way, there is International Women's Day which is on March 8th-this is also a national holiday and Mongolian men try their best to put their enthusiasm into women on this day. Therefore, former Mothers' and Children's Day was probably fixed as “Children’s Day” haha!
Thank you, Oyunhan
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