A very special and unique exhibition was opened these days at National Museum of Tirana, featuring children with Down Syndrome. The exhibition titled “21 spring equinoxes” and the author is the artist/photographer Soela Zani. The photos show portraits of children with Down Syndrome smiling. They all have a crown of spring flowers in their head and smiling to the camera. This exhibition is part of activities held in Tirana on 21 March, the World Down Syndrome Day. There are 21 photos, which symbolize the 21 March, a day which also coincide with Spring Equinox, when the night and day are nearly equal.
It is the second exhibition of Soela Zani having in focus this vulnerable category. The first exhibition was titled “I am a piece of art” opened two years ago.
21 March is a day to raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities. These activities aim to create a single voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome
WDSD was first observed in 2006 in many countries around the world. But only on 19 December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day. The General Assembly decided to "designate 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day, to be observed every year beginning in 2012" and "invites all Member States, relevant organizations of the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to observe World Down Syndrome Day in an appropriate manner, in order to raise public awareness of Down syndrome.