Basilica of the National Shrine
of the Little Flower

Our Lady of Mount Carmel & St. Therese Parish
El Dia de los Ninos

With the goal of “Celebrating Young Americans” each year more than 100 cities across the country celebrate what’s called “ El Dia de Los Ninos”, an event which began in 1998.  Festivities include parades, fairs and festivals, educational activities highlighting healthy lifestyles, book giveaways, piñatas, cultural dances and many other traditions that vary from city to city.

El Día de los Niños, adapted from the Mexican holiday on April 30th, is a celebration that emphasizes the importance of young people in our communities while celebrating and uplifting all children in the United States, much in the way that Father’s Day & Mother’s Day celebrates the parent.   El Día de los Niños celebrations are centered on children’s interests and are fun and exciting. The celebration focuses on activities that develop skills and instill confidence with the aim of encouraging children to realize their hopes and dreams. “It is to our children that we presently and historically devote our lives. Our children are interconnected with their ancestors, extended family, and community. In advocating for Latino children, we are also advocating for the dignity, respect, and fair treatment of all children. We stand united in the effort to assure the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being of those we represent: the children.” - National Latino Children’s Institute