History El Dia Del Nino (The Day of the Child), also known as El Dia De Los Ninos is Mexican holiday that was created to celebrate children. Since 1925, this day and its celebration have grown in popularity throughout Mexico as a day to celebrate the well being of children. The United Nations created an initiative in 1956, to invite other countries in celebrating children as well. The United Nations recommended this holiday so that it affirm the rights of children, since they are the voice of the future, individuals who have rights and who should be celebrated as well.
Many Latin American countries take part in this celebration and in Mexico it is celebrated annually on April 30th. It is celebrated with activities, special events and festivities all centered around children. The Mexican culture lives to celebrate family and do so on many days throughout the year, with their own Mother and Father's day, grandparents day and even a day to celebrate loved ones who have been lost, The Day of the Dead, it was only appropriate that a day to celebrate children be among these holidays as well.
America also recognizes this same day as El Dia de Los Ninos/El Dia de Los Libros, to celebrate both children and literacy. Pat Mora, an internationally famous children's book author was part of the initiative for El Dia de Los Libros, Mora had the concept that since El Dia del Nino is centered around celebrating children and their well being, shouldn't literacy go hand in hand with this idea and so began the extension of the day of the child into literacy and libraries as well.