Global Day of Parents 2023: The day is observed on 1st June annually to honour parents and their commitments to children across the world. It is a United Nations (UN) observance day. The day provides us with an opportunity to appreciate parents and parental figures for the important role that they play in the development of families.
Parents Day encourages to pay respect and appreciate parents for what they do for their children, their selfless commitment to children, and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship. Most countries have the tradition to respect parents who are going for ages. Parents are the best gift of God. Nobody in life can take the place of parents. They are true well-wishers.
Global Day of Parents 2023: Theme
The theme for the 2020 Global Day of Parents was 'Appreciate all parents throughout the world. '
The theme for the 2019 Global Day of Parents was "Honor Your Parents!"
Global Day of Parents: History
Global Day of Parents was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2012 with a resolution and honour parents throughout the world. It is celebrated in different countries on different dates. Like in the USA, it is celebrated on July (4th Sunday), South Korea (8 May), etc. The day also recognises the important role of responsible parenting in everyday life.
Educational programs are also provided for parents and aim in promoting stability in the family. Other Organisations use this day to promote the traditional two-parent nuclear family model.
The United Nations during the 1980s began focusing its attention on the issues related to the family. On 9 December 1989 in the resolution, the General Assembly proclaimed 1994 as the International Year of the Family and in the resolution of 1993, the General Assembly decided that 15 May will be observed as the International Day of the Families every year. As per the UN website, "In its resolution 44/82 of 9 December 1989, The General Assembly proclaimed 1994 as the International Year of the Family; and in resolution 47/237 of 1993, the General Assembly decided that 15 May of every year to be observed as the International Day of Families. In 2012, the General Assembly proclaimed 1 June as the Global Day of Parents, to be observed annually in honour of parents throughout the world."
Global Day of Parents: Significance
In this world, we can't see God but we have parents. In India, they are referred to as God. Since ancient times we taught to respect parents and elders. Nowadays due to a busy schedule, children are not able to spend their time with their parents. So, Global Day of Parents is the day to celebrate with the whole family, spending time with our parents and near ones. Children give gifts and show their gratitude by staying the whole day with them.
It also recognises that the family has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of children. It is necessary for the development of children that they grow up in a good family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love, and understanding. No doubt that family-oriented policies enable the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals related to doing away with hunger and poverty, promoting shared economic prosperity, social development, etc. The Centre of social life is family only.
How is Global Day of Parents celebrated?
- Children spend quality time with their parents. They call and visit them.
- Greet your parents and tell them that they were right. When we were kids we don't understand what our parents say but when we have our own kids then we come to know that our parents were right. Isn't it?
- Plan a vacation for your parents wherever they want to visit.
In the whole world, Parents Day is celebrated but different countries celebrate it on different days. But the main aim behind the celebration is the same and that is to give appreciation, love, care, respect, etc. to the Parents. Think about those who have lost their parents or are parentless. This is the day to provide a gesture to your parents for the sacrifices, nurturing, care, emotional strength, etc. given by the parents to us.