Each and every day of a year holds some significance or the other in the lives of the countrymen and, in some cases, has international importance too. Some of these days are commemorated by celebrating amidst fanfare; on other days, we have a holiday. These days and events, for a particular country, can be divided into three categories: National, Religious and Seasonal. Every few years the Gregorian calendar gets a day or two added to it due to their environmental significance. The advancement of globalization has made all of us a part of the “global village” and thus a good many international days are celebrated or observed throughout.
This essay aims at identifying the days of national and international importance on a month-wise basis.
It is the first day of every New Year and thus, a holiday across the globe. People make merry and welcome the New Year with oodles of fun, celebration and of course, positivity.
A few harvest festivals like Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Lohri are observed throughout the country as the farmers bring new harvest home. Sometimes, these festivals fall on the same day and sometimes they are just a day or two behind each other.
This day is dedicated to the Indian Army. To commemorate the dedication and sacrifice of the soldiers for our beloved motherland, this day is designated as the Indian Army Day.
This day is of national significance for India as the great leader Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was born on this day. It is observed with importance keeping in mind the heroic contribution of him towards India’s freedom movement.
This is yet again an utterly important day for India. Widely known as the Republic Day, the Constitution of India came into force on this day and India claimed “Purna Swaraj”
It is marked as World Cancer Day as the pledge to fight against the deadly disease is strengthened every year on this day.
Nothing can substitute the mother tongue when it comes to expressing one’s thoughts into words. Keeping that in mind and the sacrifice of young blood from Bangladesh for identifying Bengali as the official language, this day is declared and observed as the International Mother Language Day.
The world would be a complete massacre if the women are absent or not give their due respect. To eliminate discrimination against women and give more importance to women’s rights, this day is observed by the UN as the International Women’s Day.
To bless the souls with autism and increase awareness and remove the stigma from common people’s minds, the UN declared this day as World Autism Awareness Day.
The World Health Organization became functional on this day. To mark this, 7th April is observed with seminars, pledges, project plans, social works etc as the World Health Day.
Assam, Punjab, Bengal and a few other states of India observe New Year on this day according to the Hindu calendar.
On the birthday of Frank Schnabel, the founder of the World Federation of Hemophilia, the World Hemophilia Day is observed to increase awareness about haemophilia and other bleeding disorders.
To mark the start of Ayushman Bharat Yojana, this day is designated as Ayushman Bharat Diwas.
International Labour Day is observed to recognize the people of the working class and their contribution to the world economy.
This day is both World Red Cross Day and World Thalassemia Day.
It is the World Environment Day, a day to remind ourselves of our duties towards Mother Nature.
The benefit of music and yoga on the mind and health is undeniable. This day marks the importance of both and is observed as World Music Day and International Yoga Day.
On this day, the Indian Army defeated the army of Pakistan and reclaimed Kargil. It is marked as Kargil Vijay Diwas.
It is the most important day for India as freedom was inferred after 200 years of bondage under British rule. It is the Independence Day for India.
The state of Kerala observes Onam on this day. Keralites across the world celebrate the day in their own cultural way.
The Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi was born on this day and it is a declared national holiday in India.
It is celebrated as the International Teachers’ Day and also the birthday of Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan who said, “Teachers should be the best minds in the country.”
It is the birth anniversary of the great religious guru, Guru Nanak Dev.
The first Prime Minister of independent India Jawaharlal Nehru had immense love for children and so, his birthday is celebrated as Children’s Day.
Fourth Thursday of November
It is the Thanksgiving Day observed in the US as a way of thanking the blessings of harvest and recognizing the sacrifice behind it too.
To increase awareness about the deadly disease of AIDS, this day is marked as World AIDS Day.
Every human being is entitled to some basic rights and this day is marked as Human Rights Day.
It is the birthday of Jesus Christ. Countries across the globe observe this day as Christmas.
The year comes to an end on this day. People make merry, bid farewell to the year gone by, and look forward to the New Year with a lot of hope and optimism.
The rest of the 365 days also have some or other significance but those mentioned above are the most commonly known ones.