Chicago International Children's Day
TACA and Turkish Friends of Naperville are pleased to present: International Children’s Day. The event will be held on Sunday April 21st, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The event will be held at Owen Elementary School, which is located at 1560 Westglen Dr, Naperville, IL.
The International Children’s Day event will be filled with fun, a parade of nations, performances in traditional costumes, exhibits, face painting, festivities, activities, gifts, and many more surprises.
Admission to the event is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Turkish American Cultural Alliance (TACA) presented 11th International Children's Day with the attendance of children representing 8 different countries. Children and parents from various ethnic backgrounds from Chicagoland gathered for this joyful celebration for all children. Children paraded dressed in their traditional costumes and performed for the audience. The parade of nations in 2012 included India, Lithuania, Ireland, Poland, China, Japan, Korea, Bosnia and Turkey, as well as the Aztec Culture. The mayor of Naperville, Arthur George Pradel also attended this celebration
In Turkey, Children's Day originated from the first gathering of Grand National Assembly on April 23, 1920. Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, gifted April 23rd to the children of the country, so that they would cherish their independence. This year marks the 93rd celebration of this day.
On April 23rd children from around the world come to Turkey. Turkish families who have children of a similar age host them. Festivities last over a week. The visiting and Turkish children spend a lot of time together. Many children, often not even speaking the same language, create lifelong friendships. Several of the events are broadcasted on television, showing the children in their traditional outfits, dancing singing and exchanging gifts. The United Nations acknowledges and participates in the events.
TACA has been bringing this celebration to Chicago in the same spirit, to share the International Children's Day with children of all backgrounds so that they all learn to appreciate different cultures and get to experience a joyous event with others, showcase their talents, and make new friends. Children parade dressed in their traditional costumes and performs their traditional dance shows for the audience. Each country represented has the opportunity to display national flags and share information.