By Hazel Lopez
Every child should get celebrated regardless of their age. April 30 was El D_Òå_a de Nieo: kid’s day, that is traditionally celebrated in Mexico. In Mexico, parents pamper their children and shower them with gifts. All the schools, from elementary to high schools, in Mexico close down and celebrate with their town.
As a tradition, the whole town is invited to a festival that involves dancing, singing, free food and desert pastries. Not only do the kids get a day out of school, but the parents are allowed to ask for the day off just to celebrate the day with their children.
Even though El D_Òå_a de Nieo is celebrated in Mexico, families within the Hispanic and Latino background still celebrate it in different countries. For example, I come from a Mexican background and was born and raised here in the U.S.
My parents have celebrated El D_Òå_a de Nieo ever since I was a baby, they continue celebrating it. They pamper us with small gifts and make my siblings and me our favorite foods for dinner even if it’s four different things. My older sister, who is thirty-three and married, still receives gifts on this holiday from my parents.
I am a strong believer in celebrating El D_Òå_a de Nieo even if the children are fully grown already. Many people might believe it is silly celebrating the holiday when all the children are already married or out of the house, however, I think they are completely wrong. We celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day once a year and shower our parents with gifts, regardless of their age.
As children, we used to make gifts for our parents at school in preparation for the holiday. In elementary, we would spend time decorating frames to give to our fathers and writing love poems to give to our mothers.
Therefore, if we were taught to show our affection and our appreciation towards our parents at such a young age when we are barley learning colors and continue doing so as our parents eventually become grandparents, why should we stop celebrating kid’s day if the child is already an adult? Although, kids do grow up and move out of the house, no matter how old the kids get they will always be their parent’s children. Therefore, El D_Òå_a de Nieo should be celebrated every year regardless of everyone’s age.
America should have a Kid’s Day
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