Born out of the UN General Assembly that commemorated the Declaration of the Rights of the Child on 20 November 1959, el Día del Niño, Children’s Day, is a day of observance celebrated around the world and observed on various dates by many countries. Some nations have extended the celebration by days and up to a month.
In the U.S., Children’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of June. Whereas México celebrates el Día del Niño on April 30, as inaugurated in 1924 by Mexican President General Álvaro Obregón and his Minister of Public Education, José Vasconcelos.
For Hays County, el Día de Niño will be celebrated Saturday, 29 April. The inaugural celebration is a collaboration between Community Action, Inc. of Central Texas, Centro Cultural de San Marcos, and First 3 Years Baby Day. This event shares the vibrant celebration of Día del Niño with Hays County and brings awareness to the priority of celebrating infants and children in our community. The rich Latino culture will be celebrated with Mariachis, Ballet Folklórico, piñatas, bouncy houses, and other activities for children designated by age.
Additionally, children’s author, Pat Mora, launched a family literacy initiative bridging Children’s Day with book joy, the pleasure of reading. Together with REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, El día de los niños, El día de los libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) was launched on 30 April 1996. This is a year-long celebration encouraging children and their families to be readers.
Join us in San Marcos to celebrate kids and reading!