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DAYS AND EVENTS - February 2021

Feb 2021

May 08, 2021

World Red Cross Day

  • World Red Cross Day is also known as Red Crescent Day is celebrated on May 8 every year. This date marks the birth anniversary of Henry Dunant, who is the founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). He is also a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He was born on May 8, 1828.
  • It is an annual celebration of their principles. The day is celebrated by the Red Cross society across all the countries. It works for the welfare of people. World Red Cross Society provides for food shortages, natural disasters, wars as well as diseases of an epidemic.
  • The theme of World Red Cross Day 2021 is 'Together we are unstoppable'!
  • The first Red Cross Day was celebrated on May 8, 1948. In 1946 in World War II, the Tokyo proposal was put into effect.

May 05, 2021

International Midwives Day

  • The International Midwives Day has been in celebration since the year 1991. The Day is also termed as the International Day of the Midwife. International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) has established this international day for midwives. Following the suggestions and discussion held in the 1980s by the Midwives Associations, the Day has been created. The idea to recognize and honor midwives with a Day came out in the International Confederation of Midwives conference held in 1987 in the Netherlands. ICM has launched the Midwives Day initiative formally in the year 1992. Since then, Midwives Day has been observed in more than 50 nations from around the world. The Day is an international celebration that recognizes and highlights the work of all midwives globally.
  • This year's International Day of the Midwife (IDM) on 5th May 2021 is being celebrated under the theme of "Follow the Data: Invest in Midwives". The day coincides with the launch of the 2021 State of the World's Midwifery (SoWMy) Report. Developed by UNFPA (the UN sexual and reproductive health agency), WHO (World Health Organization) and International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the report evaluates the midwifery workforce and related health resources in 194 countries and includes policy recommendations to improve sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn and adolescent health service delivery.

May 04, 2021

Coal Miners' Day

  • Coal Miners' Day is celebrated on May 4 to recognize the hard work of some of the great unsung heroes of Industrial Revolution. Coal miners spend most of the days digging, tunnelling and extracting coal from the mines. They dig deep into the Earth to bring out the riches that help to sustain our life. Coal mining is one of the toughest professions. The day is celebrated to show appreciation for the coal miners and honour their accomplishments.
  • The coal miners have been working for centuries, however, they became significantly important during the Industrial revolution between 1760 and 1840 when coal was used on a large scale to fuel stationary and locomotive engines and heat buildings. Coal is a natural resource that accelerate both economic and social development.

International Firefighters' Day

  • International Firefighters' Day is observed on May 4. It was instituted after a proposal was emailed out across the world on January 4, 1999 due to the deaths of five firefighters in tragic circumstances in a bushfire in Australia.
  • International Firefighter's Day started being marked after a horrific fire incident at the Linton Community, a densely populated place in Australia, on December 2, 1998. Five firefighters - Garry Vredeveldt, Chris Evans, Stuart Davidson, Jason Thomas, and Matthew Armstrong - died battling a devasting fire.
  • All the five firefighters, part of a strike team, rushed in to attend an SOS. Part of the Geelong West Fire Brigade, the men moved in with equipment when a sudden strong gale changed direction and the raging fire engulged the firefighting vehicle instantly killing all five men.

Germany Cancels Oktoberfest Festivities for 2nd Year in Row

  • Bavarian officials cancelled Oktoberfest festivities for a second year in a row due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, saying that there are too many risks in hosting the celebrations, which traditionally bring in visitors from around the world, during a global pandemic.
  • Bavarian Governor Markus Soeder said that it was with heavy hearts that they decided to call off the festival for which the state is known globally, but that with coronavirus numbers still stubbornly high and hospitals already struggling, it had to be done.
  • Germany is currently in the middle of a lockdown that includes a ban on large gatherings, with an infection rate of 146.9 new weekly infections per 1,00,000 residents.
  • Bavaria is slightly below the national average with 145.4 new weekly infections per 1,00,000, according to the country's disease control centre, the Robert Koch Institute.

World Asthma Day

  • World Asthma Day (WAD) is observed every year on the first Tuesday of May. This year it falls on May 4. It is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) in collaboration with health care groups and asthma educators, to spread awareness and care around the world.
  • WAD is held each May to raise awareness of Asthma worldwide. It aims to educate people on how best to get control over this respiratory problem and other allergic diseases.
  • The theme for World Asthma Day 2021 is "Uncovering Asthma Misconceptions". The theme provides a call to action to address common widely held myths and misconceptions concerning asthma that prevent persons with asthma from enjoying optimal benefit from the major advances in the management of this condition.
  • The first World Asthma Day was celebrated in 1998 in more than 35 countries along with the first World Asthma Meeting held in Barcelona, Spain.
  • Since then, the day has become one of the most important asthma awareness events.

May 03, 2021

World Press Freedom Day

  • The United Nations General Assembly declared May 3 to be World Press Freedom Day or just World Press Day, observed to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and marking the anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration, a statement of free press principles put together by African newspaper journalists in Windhoek in 1991.
  • The 2021 World Press Freedom Day theme "Information as a Public Good" serves as a call to affirm the importance of cherishing information as a public good, and exploring what can be done in the production, distribution and reception of content to strengthen journalism, and to advance transparency and empowerment while leaving no one behind. The theme is of urgent relevance to all countries across the world. It recognizes the changing communications system that is impacting on our health, our human rights, democracies and sustainable development.

May 02, 2021

World Laughter Day

  • World Laughter Day is celebrated every year on the first Sunday of May to spread awareness about the many healing benefits of laughter. "Everybody knows that laughing feels good, but few realize how valuable these simple tools can be in improving our every day wellness and wellbeing," states the official website of World Laughter Day. To make sure their followers enjoy a good chuckle on World Laughter Day, Mumbai Police took a trip down memory lane to remember some of the funniest excuses their officers have heard while on duty.
  • World Laughter Day was created in 1998 by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement. Dr. Kataria, a family doctor in India, was inspired to start the Laughter Yoga movement in part by the facial feedback hypothesis, which postulates that a person's facial expressions can have an effect on their emotions. The celebration of World Laughter Day is a positive manifestation for world peace and is intended to build up a global consciousness of brotherhood and friendship through laughter. It is most often celebrated by gatherings of people in public places with the sole purpose of laughing. Its popularity has grown exponentially with that of the Laughter Yoga movement now counting thousands of Laughter Clubs in more than 105 countries. And now it is celebrated worldwide.
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