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DAYS AND EVENTS - October 2021

Oct 2021

Apr 27, 2024

World Veterinary Day

  • World Veterinary Day (WVD) is celebrated every year on the last Saturday of April (in 2024 April 27). This day is dedicated to recognise the efforts of veterinarians all over the world. The World Veterinary Day has a broader significance of promoting animal welfare worldwide.
  • The World Veterinary Association (WVA) established World Veterinary Day in 2000. It was first celebrated on 29 April 2000, and has been celebrated every year since. This day offers a significant opportunity to recognise and honour the enormous contributions of veterinarians to society and to raise awareness about the importance of veterinary medicine.
  • Each year, a different theme is chosen to highlight a specific aspect of veterinary medicine. The theme of World Veterinary Day 2024 is 'Veterinarians are Essential Health Workers'.

Apr 26, 2024

International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day

  • Every year, on April 26, we observe the International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day. This day is dedicated to remembering the victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and raising awareness about this catastrophic event.
  • On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine (formerly part of the Soviet Union) exploded, releasing a massive radioactive cloud into the atmosphere. This disaster exposed approximately 8.4 million people to harmful nuclear radiation.
  • The radioactive contamination devastated the surrounding areas, causing extensive damage to crops, plants, and infrastructure. The affected regions in Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia were heavily contaminated, posing a serious threat to human health and the environment.
  • In 1990, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling for international cooperation to address and mitigate the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster. This marked the beginning of the United Nations' involvement in the recovery efforts.
  • In 2016, the United Nations officially established the International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day to recognise the persistent long-term consequences of the disaster and support the affected communities and territories in their efforts to achieve sustainable development.

World Intellectual Property Day

  • The World Intellectual Property Day is celebrated every year on April 26. The day aims to raise awareness about intellectual property (IP) rights and its role in encouraging innovation and creativity to make the world a better place. The day was established in 2000 by the World Intellectual Property Office.
  • The day was first celebrated by the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) in 2000 with a focus on creating sustainable solutions.
  • WIPO, established in 1967, is the global forum for intellectual property (IP) services, policy, information and cooperation. This is a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 193 member states to promote the protection of intellectual property rights.
  • The theme for World Intellectual Property Day 2024 is 'IP and the SDGs: Building Our Common Future with Innovation and Creativity'.

Apr 25, 2024

National DNA Day

  • The Human Genome Research Institute established National DNA Day to commemorate the discovery and research on DNA and the subsequent scientific advancements that have led to progress. The day is celebrated annually on April 25.
  • The history of National DNA Day dates back to 2003, when the Human Genome Project (HGP) was declared complete. The project, which was an international scientific collaboration, had the goal of determining the base pairs that make up human DNA and identifying all of the genes in the human genome.

World Malaria Day

  • Every year, World Malaria Day is observed on April 25. 
  • Since 2001, African Governments have been celebrating Africa Malaria Day. In 2008, Africa Malara Day was changed to World Malaria Day at the 60th session of the World Health Assembly sponsored by World Health Organisation. They decided that the world needs to be more aware and cautious about the preventive measures against Malaria and mosquito bites. Hence, the day came to be celebrated every year.
  • The theme for World Malaria Day 2024 is 'Accelerating the fight against malaria for a more equitable world'.

Apr 24, 2024

World Day for Animals in Laboratories

  • World Day for Animals in Laboratories is observed on April 24. 
  • In 1979, NAVS established World Day for Animals in Laboratories (also referred to as Lab Animal Day) on April 24 – Lord Hugh Dowding's birthday. This international day of commemoration is recognised by the United Nations, and is now marked annually by anti-vivisectionists on every continent. 
  • In 1980, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), led by PETA Founder, Ingrid Newkirk, organised the first World Day for Laboratory Animals protest in the U.S.

National Panchayati Raj Day

  • Every year, National Panchayati Raj Day is celebrated on April 24. 
  • According to historical records, Panchayati Raj was constitutionalised through the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act of 1993. The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on December 22, 1992 and by Raj Sabha on December 23, 1992. Later, the bill was passed by 17 states. 
  • This law came into effect on April 24, 1993. The then Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, declared the first National Panchayati Raj Day on April 24, 2010.

Apr 23, 2024

Khongjom Day: Remembering the Valiant Fighters of Anglo-Manipuri War

  • In Manipur, Khongjom Day is observed on April 23 to pay homage to the brave souls who fought against the British in the Khongjom Battle during the Anglo-Manipuri War of 1891. This day holds great significance in the history of Manipur, as it commemorates the valour and sacrifice of those who laid down their lives to protect their homeland.
  • This year (2024), the state of Manipur observed Khongjom Day with a solemn ceremony at the Khongjom War Memorial Complex located at Kheba Ching in the Thoubal district. The event was attended by high-ranking officials, including the Manipur Governor Sushri Anusuiya Uikey, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, cabinet ministers, MLAs, and top civil and police officers. A large number of people also joined the observation to pay their respects.

World Book and Copyright Day

  • World Book and Copyright Day, also known as World Book Day is observed on April 23, every year. This day is dedicated to the celebration of literature in all forms and to promote the enjoyment of books. It is also a day to reflect on the past and the future through reading.
  • There are many reasons behind why World Book Day is celebrated on April 23. Some of these include, many prominent authors like William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega died on the same date. Also, this date was a natural choice for UNESCO's General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone to access books, says
  • The theme of World Book and Copyright Day 2024 is 'Read Your Way'. The theme underscores the significance of choice and enjoyment in nurturing a passion for reading.

English Language Day

  • English Language Day at the United Nations is celebrated on the 23rd of April — the date traditionally observed as both the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare. As well as being the English language's most famous playwright, Shakespeare had a significant impact on modern-day English. Shakespeare's creativity with language meant he contributed hundreds of new words and phrases: 'gossip'; 'fashionable' and 'lonely' were all first used by Shakespeare. He also invented phrases like 'break the ice', 'faint-hearted' and 'love is blind'.
  • English Language Day is the result of a 2010 initiative by the UN's Department of Global Communications, establishing language days for each of the Organisation's six official languages. The purpose of the UN's language days is to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity, and to promote equal use of all six official languages throughout the Organisation.

World Table Tennis Day

  • World Table Tennis Day (WTTD) has been celebrated annually in April since 2015. It is the day we celebrate table tennis, as well as the universality and social inclusiveness the sport represents. World Table Tennis Day is celebrated on April 23, honouring Ivor Montagu, organiser of the first World Table Tennis Championships in 1926 and the founder and first president of the ITTF. 
  • WTTD celebrates the joy of playing table tennis for fun, bringing people together, focusing less on competition and more on participation and enjoyment.
  • In 2024, World Table Tennis Day celebrates the theme of 'Diversity and Inclusion'.
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