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Childrens day in Sagres – What is it and why is it celebrated

In Sagres and Portugal Childrens day is celebrated on 1st June.

This day reminds us of the old adage, “Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.”

Children’s Day is an international celebration intended to bring nations together to promote child welfare.

Its origins can be traced all the way back to Reverend Dr Charles Leonard, pastor of the Universalist Church of the Redeemer in Chelsea, Massachusetts, who gave a service dedicated to childhood innocence in June 1856. His sermon was so popular that it gave rise to an annual tradition known as Rose Day, later rechristened Flower Day.

The United Nations (UN) formally inaugurated Children’s Day as an international event in 1954, the celebration subsequently becoming associated with the UN’s Declaration of the Rights of the Child five years later and marked on the date of that legislation’s adoption thereafter, 20 November.

The date does vary from nation to nation, however, with China, Czech Republic and Portugal among those countries marking the occasion on 1 June.

In Martinhal Sagres they have a wide range of activities today for the children


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