Go Blue for World Children's Day

India turns blue in support of UNICEF and child rights

Vineeta Misra and Stephanie Raison
A child painting with blue paint using their hands
19 November 2020

Going blue on World Children’s Day is representative of UNICEF’s mandate to stand for the rights of every child. This year as children are greatly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic it is not a celebration, but a resolve towards reimagining a better world for every child.  

The parliament buildings are lit blue
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The Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Palace), Prime Minister’s Office (North and South Block), the Parliament House Go Blue in solidarity for child rights, highlighting the impact of COVID-19 on children’s lives.
A stepwell is turned blue with lights
The Rani-ki-Vav, a UNESCO World Heritage site goes blue as part of UNICEF’s #GoBlue for children global campaign on World Children’s Day.

Many would instantly recognize the Rani ki Vav, (The Queen’s Stepwell), an 11th century architectural wonder that features on the new lavender colored 100 Rupees note issued by the Reserve Bank of India. 

The Qutub Minar tower turns blue by lights
Qutub Minar, New Delhi

The iconic Qutub Minar, the world's tallest brick minaret, stands tall and turned blue in support of reimaging a better and brighter world for children.  

The Mumbai station is lit blue with lights at night
CST, Mumbai turns blue again this year.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, also known by its former name Victoria Terminus, is a historic terminal train station and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It is one of the many iconic monuments which is going blue on the occasion of World Children’s Day to uphold the rights of every child. 

A bridge spanning across water has blue lights along it
Howrah Bridge, Kolkata, West Bengal

Howrah Bridge, also known as Rabindra Setu, is a cantilever bridge that connects the twin cities of Kolkata and Howrah. This significant landmark in West Bengal was illuminated blue on World Children’s day in support of the children and their reimagined future post the COVID –19 pandemic. 

The building is blue with lights
Jahaz Mahal in Mandu, Madhya Pradesh, is illuminated in blue to mark World Children’s Day and the significance of the Convention of Rights of Child.

From the heart of India commitment to child rights was reaffirmed as historical sites and monuments across Madhya Pradesh turned blue for World Children's Day.

A girl paints on a wall using blue paint.

Villages in Dhar and Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh, go blue 

While many urban monuments were lit blue, tribal villages in Dhar and Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh were painted blue. Across their village children and young people painted walls blue with messages on immunization, new born care, climate change and child rights. 

The building is lit blue with lights from outside
Gandhi Mandap, Guwahati

Assam turns blue from the Gandhi Mandap atop a hill in the middle of the State Capital. Children from Assam also presented the Chief Minister with a manifesto, while student Vandana Urang took over the Chief Minister's Twitter handle for the day. 

The outside of a Sufi site is lit blue with lights
Khanqah Munemia Qamaria, a prominent Sufi site of great historic importance in Patna, Bihar

Khanqah Munemia Qamaria, along with Mulla Meetan’s Maszid, goes blue in Patna with the support of Professor Syed Shah Shamimuddin Ahmad Munemia. The Professor passionately advocates for fulfilling the rights of every child as `religious duty’. 

The legislative assembly in Jharkhand turns blue with lights
UNICEF Jharkhand

The Legislative Assembly in Jharkhand Goes Blue  

By illuminating the iconic Legislative Assembly in blue the Speaker of Legislative Assembly in Jharkhand committed to uphold child rights. It's a reminder to the public of their common duty of protection, care and support for children in Jharkhand. Going blue marks the anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). 

The outside of the governors house turns blue with lights
UNICEF Jharkhand
Raj Bhawan - the Governor’s House in Jharkhand turned blue.

World Children's Day is a fun day with a serious message. It is a day where all children are encouraged to speak out about what matters to them, like education, safe spaces to learn and play, and positive environments.

By going blue for UNICEF on this day, I hope that we will provide a brighter future for children and create awareness. We have been celebrating children’s Day every year with UNICEF and the Child Reporters who are setting an example for everyone by taking actions for their rights.

Honourable Governor of Jharkhand, Madam Draupadi Murmu
Some lights are hanging on the outside of the building
UNICEF Jharkhand
Speaker Aawas or Speaker's House in Ranchi, Jharkhand

I hope that the blue lights will raise awareness about the rights and needs of children in Jharkhand. The need and right of every child to be in school, safe from harm so that they can reach their full potential. 

Rabindra Nath Mahato, Speaker of the Jharkhand Legislative Assembly
The outside of the UNICEF India Office in Delhi is blue with lights
The UNICEF India Country Office in New Delhi lights up blue.

UNICEF India Country Office and our field offices did not shut during the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to operate, though under strict safety protocols. Many personnel are still working from home. Turning our offices blue and sharing the photographs was an opportunity to virtually visit the office that we used to go to every day.