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DAYS AND EVENTS - January 2022

Jan 2022

Jul 15, 2022

India's National Plastic Surgery Day Gets Global Acceptance

  • The concept of observing July 15 as National Plastic Surgery Day in India was adopted by the leaders of top bodies in the speciality across the globe as World Plastic Surgery Day.
  • The Association of Plastic Surgeons of India (APSI) announced the decision in a statement.
  • The concept was discussed in a meeting of the presidents of plastic surgery associations of various countries organised by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
  • The decision to observe July 15 as World Plastic Surgery Day came after the APSI's current president Rakesh Khazanchi spoke about the success of National Plastic Surgery Day in India at the World Council of Leaders, a body consisting of the presidents of all national associations, and all agreed to celebrate July 15 as World Plastic Surgery Day.
  • Coimbatore-based plastic surgeon S. Raja Sabapathy introduced the concept of National Plastic Surgery Day when he was the APSI president in 2011 to create awareness of plastic surgery.

World Youth Skills Day

  • World Youth Skills Day is celebrated every year on July 15. The sole purpose of this day is to provide essential skills to youngsters around the globe so that they can get employment. The day helps in disseminating awareness about the importance of skills in getting good work opportunities.
  • The theme for World Youth Skills Day 2022 was 'Transforming youth skills for the future'.
  • The United Nations General Assembly declared July 15 as World Youth Skills Day in December 2014. The objective was to improve socio-economic conditions for today's youth and addressing the challenge of unemployment. Since the inception of World Youth Skills Day, it has facilitated interaction among young people, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions, businesses, governments, and development partners.
  • This day is significant as it provides a better opportunity for employment, higher income levels, and lifelong learning to the new generation. The World Youth Skills Day encourages the elimination of gender inequality and ensures disadvantaged people have access to resources.

Jul 14, 2022

Bastille Day

  • July 14 is recognised as Bastille Day or French National Day. This day is commemorated in remembrance of the fall of the Bastille. The Bastille, which was once constructed as a medieval stronghold, later turned into a state prison. Political prisoners who were arrested by the police for trial were frequently housed there. Some prisoners were kept on the king's express command which was unappealable.
  • On July 14, 1789, a mob attacked the fortress and released seven prisoners. And hence, this action signalled the beginning of the French Revolution. Between 1789 and 1799, France saw a significant political and social change. The French Consulate was established following the French Revolution.
  • France adopted the 14th of July as a national holiday in 1880. The official name of the holiday in France is Fête Nationale, which also serves as a symbol of national harmony. The national holiday of France is known as Bastille Day in English-speaking nations.

Jul 12, 2022

World Malala Day

  • World Malala Day is celebrated every year on July 12 on the occasion of young activist Malala Yousafzai's birthday. This date was designated by the United Nations (UN) to honour the young woman who has been advocating for female education. The 24-year-old activist, who currently works for women's right to education globally, was never allowed to enter school as a young girl.
  • The day is used as an opportunity to appeal to world leaders to ensure compulsory and free education for every child across the globe.

Paper Bag Day

  • Paper Bag Day is observed every year on July 12 to reaffirm the much-needed daily use of paper bags over plastic bags. This day is dedicated to spreading awareness of the ill effects of plastic and how detrimental they are to our environment. Paper bags can easily be used to replace one-time-use plastic bags which are non-biodegradable or, in other words, take hundreds of years to decompose in landfills.
  • Francis Wolle, an American inventor, created the first paper bag machine in 1852. Later in 1871, Margaret E. Knight introduced another machine to generate flat-bottom paper bags and rose to fame as "The mother of the grocery bag". Better paper bag designs and manufacturing processes were developed over time by inventors Charles Stilwell and Walter Deubener in the years 1883 and 1912 respectively.
  • The theme Paper Bag Day 2022 was, "If You're 'fantastic', Do Something 'dramatic' To Cut The 'Plastic', Use 'Paper Bags'."

Jul 11, 2022

World Population Day

  • World Population Day is observed every year on July 11 to raise awareness about global population issues. Overpopulation is a critical concern as the world's resources are being used up at an unsustainable rate. Besides, the need to guarantee that women have access to family planning, gender equality, and maternal health care is more important than ever because of the expanding population's impact on maternal health and family planning issues.
  • It was founded in 1989 by the then-Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme. On July 11, 1990, the day was first observed in more than 90 nations.
  • The theme for World Population Day was "A world of 8 billion: Towards a resilient future for all – Harnessing opportunities and ensuring rights and choices for all". As the theme suggests, there are 8 billion people living today but not all of them have equal rights and opportunities.

Jul 07, 2022

World Chocolate Day

  • World Chocolate Day is celebrated on July 7 every year to commemorate the invention of chocolate. This special day allows people around the world to indulge in their favourite treat without any guilt. The day also celebrates all kinds of goodies made from chocolate, including chocolate milk, hot chocolate, chocolate candy bar, chocolate cake, brownies, or anything covered in chocolate.
  • World Chocolate Day was first celebrated in the year 2009. However, some even believe that people started marking July 7 as International Chocolate Day because it was the day when chocolate was first introduced to Europe in 1550.

World Kiswahili Language Day

  • World Kiswahili Day is celebrated on the 7th of July every year following a declaration by UNESCO member states in this regard. Kiswahili is one of the most widely spoken languages in Africa and the most widely spoken in sub-Saharan Africa. Kiswahili is also the only African language that is an official language of the African Union.
  • High Commissioner of the United Republic of Tanzania to India, Anisa Kapufi Mbega said that Kiswahili language needs to be nurtured as it reflects African heritage.

World Forgiveness Day

  • Global Forgiveness Day is observed on July 7 every year to forgive and be forgiven in order to lead a happy and peaceful life. This day reminds us that forgiving people helps to wash away all painful sins and begin a new journey. Global Forgiveness Day is observed to celebrate goodwill among people, and it gives us a chance to set things right and make our relationships stronger.
  • In 1994, The Christian Embassy of Christ's Ambassadors(CECA) founded National Forgiveness Day in British Columbia. CECA hung a huge banner proclaiming it as National Forgiveness Day in downtown Victoria.
  • The day started gaining momentum and was later renamed 'Global Forgiveness Day'. With each passing year, Global Forgiveness Day caught the media attention and people started celebrating it to spread the message of forgiveness across the world.
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