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November 2, 2010 > Children's Day Festival

Children's Day Festival

By Julie Grabowski

Universal Children's Day was established in 1954 by the United Nations to promote fraternity and understanding between children worldwide, and to celebrate that incomparable and important stage of life known as childhood. As part of the work of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the day is also used to create awareness of the living situations of children and to improve their welfare.

The Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1959, and the convention on the Rights of the Child that same day in 1989, naturally establishing a date of observance. While countries were urged to set their own appropriate dates, and some such as Australia and India have done so, November 20 is the date traditionally observed for Children's Day.

Milpitas gets a jump on the celebrating with their Children's Day Festival on Saturday, November 6. The day will include arts and crafts, traditional dances, kid's songs, and a variety of other entertainment. A Fancy Dress Costume Parade, Drawing Contest, and Cultural Performances are highlights of the program. Students from Genius Kids in Fremont will be participating in the fun, as well as kids from Safari Kid Preschool in Milpitas. Other local schools will also be taking part in the celebration.

The festival is community-driven in which kids of all ages are welcome to participate and create a fun day. High school and college age kids help run the show and supervise the younger ones; parents are encouraged to stick around and get involved.

Thanks go to Rennu Dhillon, Geeta, Auxilla Williams, and Kosha from Mission San Jose High School for their help in creating this event.

Whether you are a kid, have one, or remain one at heart, come out and celebrate the wonder and beauty of childhood at the Children's Day Festival.

Children's Day Festival
Saturday, November 6
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Milpitas Library
160 N. Main St., Milpitas
(510) 228-6417

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