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International Day of Older Persons and Childrens day in Sri Lanka

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The International Day of Older Persons is observed on October 1 each year.  On December 14, 1990 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons from October 1, 1991.

The holiday is celebrated by raising awareness about issues affecting the elderly, such as senescence and elder abuse. It is also a day to appreciate the contributions that older people make to society. 

In Sri Lanka, Children's Day is also celebrated on October 1. Children's Day is an event celebrated on various days in many places around the world. International Children's Day is celebrated on June 1 and Universal Children's Day is on November 20. The International Children's Day had its origin in Turkey in 1920 and later in the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland in 1925.

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Social system for elders needed - Prime Minister

Prime Ministe's  World Elders’ Day message

“I have great pleasure in issuing this message to mark World Elders’ Day celebrated today on the theme Let us brighten the World of Elders”, states Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne in an Elders’ Day message.

The message adds:

“Currently elders account for 9.6 percent of the total population of Sri Lanka according to recent estimates.

It is inferred that this will increase to 35 percent in 2050.

‘The greatest challenge before you and me at this juncture is to create a social system which catered to the welfare and needs of the elder community without forgetting it as a mere statistic.

‘While the number of elders suffering cruelty and neglect from their children instead of love, compassion and care from their children has been increasing daily almost ten complaints are received daily in this connection according to the National Elders Secretariat, where as such reports cause us deep shock and grief. I wish to remind that we should find out the causes for it by tapping our own conscience’.

‘I propose that you extend the hands of love and compassion to elders without isolating them in the elders day or the elders world.’

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Our children are born in an historic era – President

President's Children's day message

Dear sons and daughters....

‘Please remember that this era in which you have been born is a historic era, when you read history you will have entertained a cherished dream to have been born during the era of Kings Dutugemunu, Vijayabahu, Kashyapa Rajasinghe or imaladharmasooriya.

We will also think that if we were born then we could have served in King Dutugemunu’s army or the construction sites of Maha Seya, Kala Wewa, Sigiriya or Jaya-ela and dedicated

ourselves for such mobile service as proud citizens, states President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a message to mark International Children’s Day.

The message adds:

Dear sons and daughters, ‘What has dawned today is such an era. You have witnessed the manner in which our motherland was united. Although you could not sacrifice your lives towards it you would have contributed towards that historic deed by at least donating a bottle of water’

‘Similarly a majority of our country’s children have been fortunate enough to trample the bed of a sea port after several thousand years. You have seen now a large number of mega construction activities which will stand as monuments for thousands of years hence are coming up in the country. It is a good future to see the manner in which this is steering the country to an important position in the world map.

You are living in a period which will be commemorated with great desire by the world in future. You too should also strive to achieve excellence which will help record you and your name in history. I sincerely hope that you will use your childhood meaningfully towards achieving that end’.