El Día del Niño | Children's Day in Argentina

Late for Children's Day! by Seema K K on Flickr

I remember asking my mom once why there was a Mother's Day and a Father's Day but no special day for kids.  Her response: "Because every day is Kid's Day!" Honestly, I really couldn't argue with that one iota as my parents were always very generous with me in every sense of the word (and still are!).  However, had I known that 20-some-odd years into the future I would be living in a country where Children's Day is an honest-to-goodness holiday, I think I would have felt slightly gypped. ;)

In Argentina, El Día del Niño (Children's Day) is celebrated on the second Sunday of August.  Children receive a gift from their parents, and the community puts together events just for the little ones.  For example, here in Necochea one of the local newspapers sponsored a tykes-only breakfast followed by rides on the Tren del Parque, an adorable miniature train that runs through the thickly-wooded Miguel Lillo Park.

So whether you're a kid or just young at heart, I wish you ¡Feliz Día del Niño!

Photo credit: Seema K K

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