Día del Niño


boy with Micky Mouse

Día del Niño or Children's Day in English is celebrated in Mexico every April 30th. The day brings attention to the need to promote the well-being and protect the rights of children. On this day cultural and entertainment activities are organized throughout the country, as well as artistic events for children. Preschool and primary schools offer their students a day full of activities to commemorate the day, such as festivals or outings to places of leisure.

Most cities in Mexico celebrate Día del Niño with a party for kids, usually in the plaza in front of city hall. These photos were taken in Puerto Escondido Oaxaca in 2018. The streets around City Hall were closed to traffic. At the entrance, toys such as plastic cars or kitchen sets were given to the kids. In the plaza a stage was set up with clowns to entertain the kids. There were trampolines set up and plastic play grounds for the rugrats to use up all their energy. The kids have a blast.

Día del Niño has been celebrated in Mexico since 1924 when Mexican President Álvaro Obregón declared it an official celebration.[1] Even though Día del Niño is a national celebration, it is not a holiday; businesses and government offices should be operating as normal. The day following Día del Niño, the 1st of May, is Labor Day in Mexico. Its a public holiday; all banks, government offices and schools are closed.

Footnotes and Notes

  1. 1. 29 April, 2019. Cuándo celebran el Día del Niño en otros países. Milenio.com. Spanish. Retrieved 29 April 2019.

Photo Credits

Photos taken by Marc Wilkinson. I, the copyright holder, hereby publish these photos under the following license: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0).