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DAYS AND EVENTS - October 2021

Oct 2021

May 02, 2024

World Tuna Day

  • World Tuna Day is celebrated every year on May 2. The day is dedicated to raising awareness about the decline in tuna stocks worldwide and the need to effectively implement international regulations to safeguard future tuna supplies. Tuna is a highly nutritious and valuable fish that is a significant source of food for both developing and developed countries.
  • The World Tuna Day was first observed in 2017. The day was established by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness about the declining tuna population and to promote the conservation and management of tuna fisheries. The tuna industry provides a significant source of food security, economic development, and employment opportunities for many countries.

May 01, 2024

Gujarat Foundation Day

  • Gujarat Day, celebrated on May 1, commemorates the formation of the vibrant state of Gujarat on May 1, 1960. This annual occasion reflects Gujarat's rich cultural heritage, resilience, and contributions to India's cultural mosaic. With a history steeped in tradition and progress, Gujarat Day serves as a reminder of the state's journey towards independence and its ongoing pursuit of growth and prosperity.
  • Gujarat was carved out of the Bombay State on May 1, 1960, following the enactment of the Bombay Reorganisation Act. This legislative move acknowledged the distinct cultural and linguistic identity of Gujarat, paving the way for its emergence as an independent state. Since then, Gujarat Foundation Day has been celebrated to honor the state's rich heritage and achievements.

International Labour Day or May Day

  • International Labour Day, observed annually on May 1, is a global tribute to the invaluable contributions of workers and the ongoing struggles of the working class. Originating from the late nineteenth-century labour movement, this day, also known as May Day, commemorates the historic fight for improved working conditions and fair treatment.
  • The roots of International Labour Day trace back to a pivotal event in American history. In 1886, workers rallied for the establishment of an eight-hour workday, culminating in a massive demonstration. However, tensions flared in Chicago, leading to the tragic 'Haymarket Affair,' which ultimately became the catalyst for the inception of International Labour Day.
  • Formally established in 1889 by socialist parties across Europe, International Labour Day emerged as a dedicated occasion to honour workers worldwide. Recognised as a day of solidarity and advocacy, it serves to raise awareness about workers' rights, combat exploitation, and foster initiatives for better working conditions.
  • The theme for International Labour Day 2024 is 'Social Justice and Decent Work for All'.

Maharashtra Day

  • Maharashtra Day, also known as Maharashtra Divas, is celebrated every year on May 1. The day celebrates the formation of the state in 1960. Maharashtra was carved out of the Bombay Presidency and was declared a separate state on May 1, 1960. Present-day Gujarat is the other part of the Bombay state. The states were divided based on language after massive protests. Every year people of the state celebrate this day with great pomp and fervour.
  • The history of Maharashtra Day dates back to 1956 when the States Reorganisation Act was passed. This act led to the division of the Bombay Presidency into the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat in 1960, with Maharashtra officially becoming a separate state on May 1, 1960.

Apr 30, 2024

International Jazz Day 2024 Celebrated Annually on April 30th

  • International Jazz Day, celebrated annually on April 30th, is a global event that celebrates the power of jazz to bring people together and promote peace, unity, and intercultural dialogue. 
  • The 2024 edition of International Jazz Day will be celebrated in more than 190 countries, with the city of Tangier serving as the Global Host. This marks the first time a city on the African continent has hosted the event, highlighting the rich cultural heritage and jazz traditions of the region.
  • Tangier, a melting pot of cultural expressions, is located at the crossroads of Europe and Africa. The city boasts a long, rich history of jazz and is known for its jazz heritage, having hosted numerous world-renowned jazz artists over the years, including Josephine Baker, Ornette Coleman, Archie Shepp, Herbie Mann, and the jazz master pianist Randy Weston.
  • This year marks a significant milestone as the city of Tangier, Morocco becomes the first African host city for the global celebration.
  • The four-day celebration, from April 27-30, emphasizes Tangier's jazz heritage and highlights the cultural and artistic ties between people in Morocco, Europe, and Africa. The event includes a series of education programs, events for students of all ages, and conversations about the history of jazz and its impact on Tangier.

Ayushman Bharat Diwas 2024, Celebrating India's Healthcare Initiative

  • Ayushman Bharat Diwas is celebrated annually on April 30 to raise awareness about the Ayushman Bharat Yojana and its goals. This year, it falls on Tuesday, April 30, 2024. The day was established by the government to highlight the scheme's objective of providing better access to affordable and quality healthcare services, especially for the underprivileged.
  • Launched in 2018 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Ayushman Bharat Yojana (PM-JAY) is a healthcare scheme that offers free health insurance of Rs. 5 lakh to more than 10.74 crore poor and vulnerable families every year. The scheme covers three days of pre-hospitalisation and 15 days of post-hospitalisation care, ensuring comprehensive support for patients.

World Immunisation Week 2024 Observed on April 24 to 30

  • World Immunisation Week (WIW) is a global healthcare event, typically celebrated every year in the last week of April between 24 and 30, intending to promote vaccine usage and protect people of all ages from infectious diseases.
  • The World Health Organisation (WHO), in association with various international and local groups, joined hands together in this worldwide event to protect local communities from vaccine-preventable diseases and provide education by conducting various campaigns and activities. The WIW 2024 activities focused on emphasising the importance of having vaccines and immunisation in addition to aiding the governments in providing the necessary technical assistance and information required to launch effective immunisation programmes.
  • This year 2024, the World Immunisation Week theme is 'Humanly Possible: Saving lives through immunisation'. 

Apr 29, 2024

International Dance Day

  • International Dance Day, also known as World Dance Day is celebrated every year on 29 April. This day is dedicated to the art form of dance, and it is used to promote dance as a universal value. The day also aims to cross all the political, cultural, and ethnic barriers in the field of dancing. To mark the occasion of World Dance Day, every year the International Dance Committee and the International Theatre Institute ITI  selects an outstanding choreographer or dancer to convey a special message to all the dancers across the globe.
  • The idea of World Dance Day was first introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the UNESCO International Theatre Institute. The main objective of this day is to celebrate dance, raise awareness about its importance, and encourage people all over the world to participate in this art form. World Dance Day is celebrated in over 200 countries all over the world. Various dance performances, workshops, and events are organised by local and international communities to promote the day.

Alejandra Marisa Rodriguez crowned Miss Universe Buenos Aires

  • Alejandra Marisa Rodriguez, a 60-year-old lawyer, wins Miss Universe Buenos Aires, becoming the first woman of her age to claim such a distinguished beauty title.
  • The change in rules by the Miss Universe pageant in 2023, which now allows women aged 18 to 73 to compete.
  • She contested with 34 others, ranging from 18 to 73 in age, to win the beauty pageant.

Apr 28, 2024

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

  • Every year April 28 is celebrated as World Day for Safety and Health at Work all over the world. World Day for Safety and Health at Work Day is observed to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally.
  • The International Labour Organization (ILO) established the World Day for Safety and Health at Work in 2003 as an annual global initiative to raise awareness of the importance of safety and health in the workplace. The date chosen for this event coincides with the adoption of the Occupational Safety and Health Convention by the ILO on April 28, 1971.
  • The theme of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2024 is 'The impacts of climate change on occupational safety and health'.
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