Happy Children’s Day, Albania!

June 10, 2011 sexyknees
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Forgive me for the communist star - this is the only Albanian flag I have!

June 1st is when Albania (and many other former communist countries) celebrate Children’s Day – a special day to honor the children of the world.  Parades and gifts are enjoyed by all (but you can’t take the day off from work – sorry, parents!).

Though I am a few days late writing this blog, I ask that you join me in celebrating the birth of all the wonderful little people of the world whom will some day be caring for this planet just as we have.  Spend some time with children in cancer wards, visit an orphanage, or enjoy some special time with your son and/or daughter.  Let them know how important they are to us all and to always do what is right and good.  Help them understand that they are the key to a better future than the one we created – they can make a difference.

Don’t forget that there are wonderful organizations out there such as UNICEF, Feed the Children, Save the Children, and many others whom are engaged in very worth-while activities to help children live healthier, better lives.  If you have the financial wherewithal, donate a dollar or two to one of these charities – you’ll be doing a world of good to the little ones whom need your assistance more than you know!

A bit about Albania:  Albania is a small country in the Balkans just northwest of Greece and on the eastern shore of the Adriatic sea.  It is primarily a Muslim country (roughly 70%) and has a population close to 3 million.  Since the end of WWII Albania lived under a very repressive and xenophobic communist regime which, after it broke relations with the Soviet Union in 1960, allied itself with no one other than the People’s Republic of China, resulting in a very sheltered population living in the poorest country in Europe.  With the collapse of the communist bloc, Albania was quick to adopt a new government and in 1991 had its first democratic election.  The flag is one of my all-time favorites.  It is blood red with a double-headed eagle said to originate from the 15th-century hero George Castriota Skanderbeg, who led an uprising against the Turks.  Their freedom was short-lived, but very meaningful to the Albanians whom still refer to themselves as “Shkypetars,” meaning “sons of the eagle.”

 

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  • 1. Ky Erickson  |  June 13, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    wonderful to know there is country that has a special day just for children ❤

    • 2. sexyknees  |  June 14, 2011 at 1:21 am

      There are quite a few, actually! Most of them would be the ex-communist countries, but I think a lot of the Asian countries do the same thing. I agree that it is a wonderful and I wish we had something similar. I also think we should have a senior’s day, too!


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