Note to parents: the Día del Niño is approaching fast

Parents better start getting their gifts together because Sept. 9 is the Día del Niño in Costa Rica.

This is an annual celebration designated by the United Nations, but the day takes place in other countries on many other dates.

Because the date is a Wednesday, some activities for children will be taking place this weekend. Private clubs will hold celebrations, and such places as the Parque de Diversiones amusement park in La Uruca are advertising heavily.

Usually children expect some form of present. Most public and private schools will have a fiesta for their students that day.

The day is not completely fun and games.

One main purpose is to illustrate the rights of children to education, happiness and welfare.

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