Children's Day

 

Children's Day is recognized on various days in many places around the world, to honor children globally. It was first proclaimed by the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in 1925 and then established universally in 1954.

 

Different Languages

 

Chinese (兒童節), Malay (Hari Kanak-kanak) and Tamil (குழந்தைகள் தினம்).

 

In Singapore

 

Traditionally, October 1 is the day which Singapore officially celebrates Children's Day. Kindergarten and primary school children in Singapore do not have to attend school on this day. From 2011, Children's Day was celebrated on the first Friday of October.

 

Schools in Singapore first celebrated Children's Day on 23 October 1961.

 

(read more at http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/

articles/SIP_1171_2006-06-02.html)

 

For the first celebration, the Ministry of Education had a Children's Day song composed. The Education Ministry has announced that a new song, "Glory Belongs to You" will be sung on Children's Day on 23 October 1961. All school music teachres are urged to join the singing practice at the Beatty Secondary School at 3pm on 27 September 1961 (Source: The Straits Times, 26 September 1961, Page 4).

 

Semoga Bahagia

 

Zubir Said, composer of Majulah Singapura, was commissioned to write "Semoga Bahagia" just for Children’s Day. The song depicts the values that youths should possess, encourages them to pursue their dreams, prove their value to the world, and wishes them success and happiness in their lives.

 

 

Lyrics

 

Sama-sama maju ke hadapan
Pandai cari pelajaran
Jaga diri dalam kesihatan
Serta sopan-santun dengan kawan-kawan

 

Dengan hati bersih serta suci
Sama-sama hormat dan berbudi
Jaga tingkah pemuda-pemudi
Adat dan budaya junjung tinggi

 

Capailah lekas cita-cita pemudi-pemuda
Supaya kita ada harga di mata dunia
Kalau kita lengah serta lupa
Hidup kita sia-sia
Jiwa besar sihat serta segar
Rajin dengan sabar tentu bahagia

 

Lemah lembut perangai pemudi
Cergas tangkas wataknya pemuda
Suka rela selalu berbakti
Sikap yang pembela dan berjasa
Capailah nama yang mulia pemudi-pemuda
Rajinlah supaya berjaya semoga bahagia

 

May You Achieve Happiness (English translation)

 

Together we progress
Clever at seeking knowledge
Take care of your health
And be courteous to your friends

 

With a clean and pure heart
We respect and do good to each other
Watch your behaviour, oh youths
Respect and honour your customs and traditions
Quickly reach your goals/dreams, oh youths
So that we'll have our worth, in this world


If we are lazy and forgetful
Our lives are worthless
A big heart and a fresh mind
Hardworking & patience definitely brings success/happiness

 

Soft-spoken is the lady
Energetic and tenacious is the man
Charitable, always contributing
Having a righteous spirit and doing good
Attain a respectable position, oh youths
Be hardworking so that you will succeed, may you achieve happiness

 

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