German World Children's Day - September 20
Fri, Sep 20, 2024

German World Children’s Day

German World Children’s Day is an annual German holiday dedicated to the protection of children, celebrated on September 20th. It is one of two holidays with this purpose in Germany due to the historical division between East and West Germany. Although this dual celebration persists today, it ultimately benefits children, who get to enjoy two holidays!


After World War II, Germany was divided into East and West Germany. In 1950, East Germany celebrated International Children’s Day for the first time, choosing June 1 as the date.

In 1956, the UN General Assembly proposed the idea of organizing World Children’s Day, allowing each country to choose its own convenient date for the celebration. West Germany designated September 20 as its holiday, in response to the UN resolution, and called it “Weltkindertag.”

East Germany, however, continued to celebrate the traditional Children’s Day on June 1, which was deeply rooted in society.

In 1990, Germany was reunified, but no consensus was reached regarding the celebration of Children’s Day. As a result, the government decided to retain both holidays: June 1 and September 20.

How to Take Part

There are many ways to celebrate German World Children’s Day:

  1. Gather with family, children, and friends, and take a stroll through the best sights in Germany. Take a day off from work to spend quality time with your kids, giving them love and care.
  2. Cook traditional German dishes with your children. This not only allows you to spend time together but also teaches them valuable culinary skills.
  3. Learn more about the history of East and West Germany. Understanding the significant differences between these two formerly separate states will provide insight into the reasons behind the dual celebration of Children’s Day.

When is German World Children’s Day in 2024?

German World Children’s Day is observed on September 20 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Friday September 20 2024
Saturday September 20 2025
Sunday September 20 2026
Monday September 20 2027
Wednesday September 20 2028
Thursday September 20 2029