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DAYS AND EVENTS - May 2019

May 2019

May 30, 2019

UN Dedicates August 22 to Victims of Religious Violence

  • The UN General Assembly has declared August 22 as the International Day for Victims of Religious Violence to combat hate crimes and persecution on the basis of beliefs.
  • Recalling the wave of attacks that targeted a mosque in New Zealand and churches in Sri Lanka during Easter Sunday services, Poland's Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, who introduced the resolution, said that the international day will honour the victims and survivors of religious violence who are often forgotten.
  • The resolution is not focused on victims of any particular religion or belief and seeks to raise respect for religious diversity.
  • Pakistan, along with the US, was one of the nine sponsors of the resolution.

May 27, 2019

Raahgiri Day

  •  The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) organised 'Raahgiri Day' on 26-05-2019 morning at inner circle of Connaught Place, in which people could participate in various recreational activities.
  • During the event, a section of the road was closed for traffic and opened to public for walking, cycling among other activities and from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • 'Raahgiri Day' began in Gurugram on November 17, 2013, and has now spread over 70 cities and 19 States across the country.
  • Over 1.2 crore people have participated in various activities in the last five and half years. 

May 24, 2019

Commonwealth Day

  •  Commonwealth Day, replacing the former Empire Day, is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations, often held on the second Monday in March.
  • It is marked by an Anglican service in Westminster Abbey, normally attended by Queen Elizabeth II as Head of the Commonwealth along with the Commonwealth Secretary-General and Commonwealth High Commissioners in London.
  • The Queen delivers an address to the Commonwealth, which is broadcast throughout the world. 
  • Commonwealth Day is a public holiday in some parts of the Commonwealth, but not presently in Britain.
  • After the death of Queen Victoria on 22 January 1901, her birthday, 24 May, was celebrated from 24 May 1902 as Empire Day, though not officially recognised as an annual event until 1916.
  • In 1958, Harold Macmillan announced in Parliament the renaming of Empire Day as Commonwealth Day. 

May 22, 2019

Internal Day for Biological Diversity

  •  The International Day for Biological Diversity (or World Biodiversity Day) is a United Nations–sanctioned international day for the promotion of biodiversity issues. It is currently held on May 22.
  • From its creation by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in 1993 until 2000, it was held on December 29 to celebrate the day the Convention on Biological Diversity went into effect.
  • On December 20, 2000, the date was shifted to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on May 22, 1992 at the Rio Earth Summit, and partly to avoid the many other holidays that occur in late December.
  • The theme for 2019 International Day for Biological Diversity is ''Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health''.

May 21, 2019

Anti Terrorism Day

  •  The Anti Terrorism Day is celebrated every year on May 21 in India to raise awareness among all sections of people, about the danger of terrorism, violence and its dangerous effect on the people, the society and the nation as a whole.
  • On this day, in 1991, the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suicide squad of Liberation of Tamil Tigers Eelam (LTTE), while attending a rally in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.
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