Russian school celebrates Children's Day

Holiday. International Children’s Day - June 1st.

Where? Russia and 46 other countries.

The meaning and history. This holiday is to honour childhood globally and to protect children. It was established by the Women's International Democratic Federation at its congress in Moscow on 22nd November 1949, and since 1950, it has been celebrated on June 1st. Its variants include a Universal Children's Day on November 20th, by United Nations recommendation, and Children’s Day on September 20th in Austria.

How it is celebrated. In Russia different children’s festivals and events take place on this day. The purpose is to attract public attention to the problems of childhood and to raise funds to help sick or homeless children.

Traditionally kids receive very special attention from their families on June 1st, including presents, visiting the zoo or a cafe, taking an interesting walking tour. Shopping malls and entertainment centres provide a lot of events for Children’s Day.

Family traditions. Swetlana Lepuschitz came to Villach in 2004. Now she works as a teacher and a coordinator at the Russian language school, which was organized by the Russian Cultural Association “Carinthia” in 2008. All people who want their children to learn Russian can join it. The lessons are held in the form of a game and are appropriate for children from 2 to 18 years. More information can be found here: www.russcarinthia.at.

As a rule, International Children’s Day is celebrated at the Russian school on the last lesson of the year. Parents are invited too. Every time, Swetlana chooses a new historical place to provide this event: in this way children have the chance to learn new information about the world.

Text and Photos: Vita Vitrenko