Turkey was the first country to celebrate Children’s Day as a national holiday, on April 23, 1929.
Children’s Day is recognized on various days in many places around the world, to honor children globally. It was first proclaimed by the World Conference for the Wellbeing of Children in 1925 and then established universally in 1954 to protect an “appropriate” day.
International Day for Protection of Children, observed in many countries as Children’s Day on June 1 since 1950, was established by the Women’s International Democratic Federation on its congress in Moscow (November 22, 1949). Major global variants include a Universal Children’s Day on November 20, by United Nations recommendation.
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