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DAYS AND EVENTS - October 2021

Oct 2021

May 29, 2023

International Everest Day

  • May 29 is observed as International Everest Day. This day is in the memory of two persons who climbed Mt. Everest in 1953. The persons are Nepalese Tenzing Norgay and New Zealand's Edmund Hillary. Mount Everest is located between Nepal and China. On this day in Nepal's capital Kathmandu, several events and processions take place to praise the mountaineers.
  • Nepal decided to observe the day as International Everest Day in 2008 when the legendary climber Hillary passed away.
  • Mount Everest attracts climbers, including highly experienced mountaineers, every year from across the globe. The British named it Mount Everest after Sir George Everest, a 19th-century British surveyor of South Asia.

Memorial Day

  • Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the US that is observed on the last Monday of the month of May (in 2023 May 29) every year. The occasion is aimed at honouring and mourning the loss of the US military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
  • Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday through an act of Congress in 1971. Notably, Memorial Day in the US was observed on May 30 between 1868 to 1970.
  • Historically, Memorial Day can be traced back to the Civil War era in the US. However, it was declared a national holiday through an act of Congress in 1971. The occasion is meant to establish a way to set aside some time to honour the troops who had given their lives in service to America.

May 28, 2023

International Day of Women's Health

  • International Women's Health Day, also known as International Day of Action for Women's Health, is dedicated to women raising awareness about their right to health. Every year on May 28, women and health organisations worldwide commemorate this unique day. International Women's Health Day was established in 1987 by the African government.

May 25, 2023

International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories

  • The United Nations designated May 25 to 31 as the 'International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories'. This observance was established by the UN General Assembly on December 6, 1999. According to the UN Charter, a Non-Self-Governing Territory refers to a territory where its people have not yet achieved complete self-government.
  • The International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories holds significant importance in highlighting the ongoing struggles of these territories and promoting their right to self-determination.

World Thyroid Day

  • World Thyroid Awareness Day is marked annually on May 25 to raise global awareness about thyroid diseases and their impact on people's health. The initiative aims to promote understanding, early detection, and proper management of thyroid disorders.
  • It was officially adopted during the Annual General Meeting preceding the European Thyroid Association (ETA) congress in September 2007. The choice of May 25 was not arbitrary but held special significance for the ETA. This date marks the anniversary of the ETA's foundation in 1965.
  • The theme for World Thyroid Awareness Day 2023 was 'It's not you. It's your thyroid'.

May 24, 2023

Indian Commonwealth Day

  • Commonwealth Day is celebrated to honour the nations that come under umbrella of Commonwealth. It is marked by people all over the Commonwealth in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe.
  • The day aims to achieve various shared objectives and shed light on the issues and find ways to solve them. India and some other countries celebrate Commonwealth Day on May 24. Meanwhile, the rest of the world marks it on the second Monday of March.
  • Commonwealth Day dates back to 1901, when it was established to pay tribute to Queen Victoria after her death on January 22, 1901. This important day was inaugurated on May 24, 1902 coinciding with the birthday of Queen Victoria. In 1958, Harold Macmillan, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at the time, acknowledged the changing dynamics of relations between Commonwealth member states. As a result, they decided to change the name of Empire Day to Commonwealth Day.

May 23, 2023

World Turtle Day

  • Every year, World Turtle Day is marked on May 23 to help people understand the importance of turtles and tortoises.
  • The celebration of World Turtle Day was initiated by the non-profit American Tortoise Rescue organisation in the year 2000. The organisation was founded in Malibu, California in 1990 by Susan Tellem and Marshall Thompson.
  • The theme of World Turtle Day 2023 is 'I Love Turtle'.
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