The Global Day Of Parents is observed annually every year on June 1st. It has a short history of being created by the United Nations in 2012. The UN described it as an event "to be observed annually, honoring parents throughout the world."
The Global Day of Parents is celebrated to honor and pay respect to all the parents in the world who have worked tirelessly to bring up their children and provide them with a good life despite all the challenges.
The Origin of Global Day Of Parents
In 1989 the UN met and decided to celebrate the role of the family by announcing 1994 as the International Year of the Family. The theme of the year was “Family: resources and Responsibilities in a changing world”.
At this time the UN-funded projects at a local and global level, using its resources to raise awareness for and to promote policies in many countries that supported families. During the same year, the UN also began planning an international day of families that would be an annual celebration of the family unit.
The UN decided to establish a day that was special for parents, and this date was decided on by the UN General Assembly on September 17, 2012. The first Parent's Day was the following year in 2013.
The theme of Global Day of Parents in 2023 is 'The power of parenting: raising happy, healthy and hopeful children'.
Importance of Global Day Of Parents
The UN made it clear that it was a day dedicated to the parents as its name suggests and it included foster parents as well.
The day is also a celebration of all people who are involved in parenthood and raising children irrespective of whether they are parents or not.
Global Day of Parents is a good opportunity to show appreciation towards your own parents, or parents in the community where you live. It is also a good time for parents to reflect on their roles and responsibilities, and the challenges and rewards of being a parent.
Did You Know
As per an article published by The Print (an Indian news outlet) in 2022, around 29.6 million children are abandoned every year yet only as few as 4000 get adopted.
Currently, there are over 391,000 children living in foster care in the United States and are still waiting for their forever homes.
Two studies conducted in 1991 and 2001 stated that children who grew up with a single parent tend to perform badly in academic, social, and psychological aspects.
You might like to read about Parents' Day which is celebrated the following month on July 23.