Children’s Day In Mexico: Children’s Day Around the World
Children’s Day Celebrations In Mexico, Mexican Children’s Day Traditions
In case you want to know the importance of kids in the society, head off straight to Mexico and get involved in the Children’s Day celebrations out there. Since the Revolution Day is celebrated on November 20th, Children’s Day is observed on April 30th in Mexico. Known as “El Dia del Ni’o”, Children’s Day is marked by cancellation of classes in schools, though the kids do go to school and indulge in different festivities arranged for the occasion. This occasion is considered to be one of the happiest and most anticipated days of the year, as it celebrates and treats children. To know more about Children’s Day celebrations and traditions in Mexico, glance through the lines that follow.
Children’s Day Celebrations In Mexico
Though Children’s Day is marked on April 30 in Mexico, festivities begin well before the date and continue even after the festival is over. Parks, organizations and businesses arrange a large number of special events for children, such as games, treats, bolos (bags full of candy) and other activities. Churches too hold various events for children, wherein volunteers engage in mission work and services for the welfare of the kids.
For kindergarten and elementary school kids, it is yet another day without studies. Regular classes are replaced by big parties that include food, candies, pi’atas and rides. Various traditional games are also played, “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” being the most common of all. Stores and markets are flooded with presents and candies targeting children of all ages. Some even distribute to the kids for free. The local amusement parks are converted into colorful, decorated full-blown fiesta. One can witness flying banners, swinging pi’atas, recorded and live music, great puppet shows, outdoor games and toy areas.
A common culture followed in Mexico on Children’s Day is the singing of a song while enjoying a chocolate drink at breakfast. The chocolate drink is stirred with a molinillo by rolling it between the palms of the hands. The kids sing the song while stirring the drink. The verse of the song gets a little faster every time it is sung. The song goes as follows.
|Bate, bate, chocolate,||(Stir, stir, chocolate,)|
|Tu nariz de cacahuate.||(Your nose is a peanut.)|
|Uno, dos, tres, CHO!||(One, two, three, CHO!)|
|Uno, dos, tres, CO!||(One, two, three, CO!)|
|Uno, dos, tres, LA!||(One, two, three, LA!)|
|Uno, dos, tres, TE!||(One, two, three, TE!)|
|Chocolate, chocolate!||(Chocolate, chocolate!)|
|Bate, bate, chocolate!||(Stir, stir, chocolate!)|
|Bate, bate, bate, bate,||(Stir, stir, stir, stir,)|
|Bate, bate, CHOCOLATE!||(Stir, stir, CHOCOATE!)|