When Kids Ask: Why is February 25 a Holiday?

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More than just a national non-working holiday, the anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution is an opportunity to prepare and mold young minds to becoming their best future selves

Understandably, the first thing that comes to mind when a weekday holiday arrives is to set your leaves so you can extend family vacations all the way to the weekend. It’s cool. But just like Christmas, holidays are commemorations of historical or cultural milestones.

Unfortunately, most of these holidays are left taught at school, where lessons are often mistreated as mere requirements to pass a grade. Nevertheless, parents are encouraged to teach their children the meanings behind these free days. Not only will it enlighten your kids with the importance of these annual celebrations, but it will also ingrain valuable life lessons that will make them the men and women of good character in the future.

It’s More Than Just A History Lesson

The importance of the People Power Revolution is not just about political affiliations. It is our proud declaration of how a united collective can accomplish a common goal — fighting for our rights, restoring freedom and democracy for the nation in the most peaceful manner possible. This lesson serves as a badge of their Philippine heritage that they can wear with pride, that they (our children) come from the blood of a freedom- and peace-loving people. And at a time when racial injustices are all the more magnified by social media these days, teaching our young to be proud of their heritage becomes increasingly necessary.

Acquiring Admirable Character Traits

Setting your kids up for success entails teaching them the fundamentals of good moral character. The anniversary teaches the value of teamwork, that when a group of people assembles towards a common goal, nothing is impossible. It also serves as a lesson that there are more options than resulting in violence, encouraging them to communicate thoughts and ideas calmly and bridging your mindsets with them at an early age. And most importantly, it is a parable of incorrigible practices and consequences.

Preparing Our Next Generation of Leaders 

In a decade or two, our youngblood will be climbing corporate ladders and eventually holding positions of power. Our home serves as their first school of learning. When we teach our young and remind them not to repeat the faults of their elders, it will enable them to innovate, and find brilliance with new ways to create progress in whatever institution they serve, be it in private practice or public service. Let us also remember to teach them about kindness — being empathetic, respecting each other’s differences and agreeing to disagree. After all the mistakes and misguided choices we’ve made in the past as a nation, we can finally guide them towards the hard-earned right decisions. In the words of the Filipinos from years ago, never again.

So as we enjoy our vacations and relax with the family, be the responsible parent that reminds their children what this holiday stands for — the glory of our nation — and pass it on to our next generation. Have a great Thursday!

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