Children's Day

*Better late than never! This was meant to be posted on April 30th, but my internet server was down for 5 days!

El Dia del Niño (Children's Day), is celebrated in Mexico, every April 30th. El Dia del Niño, is not only a day to celebrate children, in general, but to also celebrate children's rights. In Mexico, children have their own Bill of Rights. Here is my translated version:

Children's Bill of Rights
  • Children have the right to an education.
  • Children have the right to a family.
  • Children have the right to receive medical attention.
  • Children have the right to not be forced to work.
  • Children have the right to be listened to.
  • Children have the right to a name.
  • Children have the right to be fed.
  • Children have the right to be an active part of their community.
  • Children have the right to not be discriminated against.
  • Children have the right not to be abused.
  • Children have the right to play.
  • Children have the right to a nationality.
Let's not forget that El Dia del Niño, is a celebration. In Yahualica, children DO have to go to school, but only to attend la fiesta held by the school, in honor of the students. At the end of the celebration at school, children are given a bolo (party favor), and a toy. Last year, my children were given, a hula-hoop, a plastic baseball bat and ball, and a very large rubber ball. In the afternoon, a parade is held for the children. All children are invited to participate in the parade. Those who choose to take part in the parade, dress up in costumes. Floats, decorated in various children's themes, are also part of the parade. At the end of the parade, prizes are awarded to the best float and best costume.
But, it seems that this year's parade has been cancelled, thanks to the Swine Flu outbreak. Poor kids.
With Love,
Leslie Limon

1 comment

  1. Thanks for this post. Last year at this time I was in the planning stages of my move and when my husband told me about this holiday I was so excited to be here for it this year. I wanted to see what they did for the kids, I think its a wonderful thing. But yes as you said everything was canceled I suppose Ill have to hold on till next year.

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