In 1994, the UN’s Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD) decided to observe the International Day of Families on May 15th every year. In 2020, it has become more relevant than ever. As stated by the UN, “It is the families who bear the brunt of the COVID-19 crisis, sheltering their members from harm, caring for out-of-school children and, at the same time, continuing their work responsibilities.”
Thus, this year’s celebrations are a great opportunity to raise awareness of the issues faced by families today while acknowledging that families can be very different (with or without children, pets, fathers or mothers) and the bond is not about blood but about love. So, in honour of this special day, here is how you can celebrate the International Day of Families during the 2020 pandemic!
Why do we celebrate the International Day of Families?
The UN proclaimed the International Day of Families as a response to social and economic hardships that affected the stability of family units in many regions of the globe.
The importance of families in language learning
Families are crucial support structures for effective teaching and learning. If parents have a positive attitude and support and encourage their children according to their individual needs and requirements, the learning process is much more fruitful. Parents, siblings and loved ones make all the difference when it comes to achievement, as identified by research which shows that children who practise English at home and whose families motivate them to use the language are more successful at using it later.
How to celebrate the International Day of Families
- Volunteer with your family: There are countless organizations working to benefit communities today. So, why not volunteer with your family and spend some quality time together while doing something meaningful and rewarding? If you’re looking for ideas, you can always visit sites like Seek Volunteer.
- Organise a family picnic: It might be a bit difficult to get together with other families in person and go for a picnic at a park or public space. Luckily, you can still make use of your garden or dining area to have a nice picnic, play some games and eat a delicious potluck meal with your family members!
- Participate in the activities organized by the UN: In past events, celebrations have revolved around certain topics, like “Building Families Based on Partnership” or “Families, education and well-being”. This year, you can join the UN’s virtual workshops and conferences, radio and television programmes, as well as cultural events, that highlight relevant themes, like “Families in Development”.
- Share the Family Day symbol in social media: It consists of a green circle with a red house and a heart, showing how the family is the most crucial element of society.
All in all, the International Day for Families is a great opportunity to reflect about the importance of this social institution to build up stronger communities and individuals. Take some time to commemorate this date and show your family how important they are to you!