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DAYS AND EVENTS - October 2022

Oct 2022

May 02, 2023

World Asthma Day (First Tuesday of May)

  • World Asthma Day is an annual event celebrated globally on the first Tuesday of May. Its purpose is to bring attention to asthma and educate people about this chronic health condition and its treatment.
  • World Asthma Day is an annual event that has been established by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) since 1993. Its purpose is to increase global asthma awareness and improve patient care worldwide.
  • The theme for World Asthma Day 2023 was "Asthma Care for All," building on the theme of the previous year, "Closing Gaps in Asthma Care," and the 2019 theme, "STOP for Asthma."

World Tuna Day

  • On May 2, the world's coastal regions celebrate World Tuna Day every year. To conserve tuna schools around the world and to contribute to the development of a sustainable fishing model, fishing communities, scientists, and environmentalists collaborated to achieve this date.
  • The history of World Tuna Day can be traced to 2016, when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the day. The purpose of this was to throw light on the issue of tuna overfishing. Here are more details about the history of World Tuna Day.
  • This day was celebrated first on May 2, 2017.

May 01, 2023

International Labour Day

  • International Labour Day is observed globally on May 1 every year. The day spreads awareness about workers' rights and also recognises their accomplishments. Labour Day or May Day has different origin stories in different countries. But the common thing is that the day focuses on the achievements and contributions of workers. It spread awareness about the rights and opportunities of every Labour which they should get for their welfare and betterment.
  • In May 1886, 400,000 workers in many parts of the USA went on strike, demanding an eight-hour working day. The strike started peacefully, but on the third day of protests in Chicago there was some violence. The police shot at unarmed workers, killing several of them. The next day there were more protests and someone threw a bomb. Seven police officers and four workers were killed by the bomb or police shooting just after the bomb. The person who threw the bomb was never identified, but eight workers were arrested. Seven of them were sentenced to death, and one of them was sent to prison for 15 years.
  • This event, known as The Haymarket Affair, was very important in bringing working people together in the USA. The Haymarket Affair became an international symbol of the struggle for workers' rights, and May 1 was chosen to be International Workers' Day. On this day, socialist parties and trade unions called for workers to demonstrate for the eight-hour day and in favour of peaceful protest. The eight-hour working day became law for public workers in 1892 in the USA. Since then, workers' movements all over the world have continued to fight for and win this right.

Maharashtra Day

  • Every year on May 1, Maharashtra Day is observed. This day commemorates the beginning of Maharashtra's illustrious heritage.
  • On this day, in 1960, two new states were formed: Maharashtra and Gujarat. Both states had a disagreement about the city of Bombay. The Marathi people believed that Bombay should join them because the majority of the people there spoke Marathi.
  • A brand-new state, Bombay, was established on November 1, 1956, with the implementation of the States Reorganisation Act, 1956, which included the Marathi-speaking districts.
  • The bilingual state of Bombay was separated into two independent states, Maharashtra for Marathi-speaking people and Gujarat for Gujarati-speaking people, by the Bombay Reorganisation Act of 1960, with Gujarat becoming the 15th state of the Indian Union.

Apr 30, 2023

Ayushman Bharat Diwas

  • Ayushman Bharat Diwas is celebrated across India on April 30. This day revolves around the Ayushman Bharat Yojna launched in 2018 by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. The Yojna refers to a scheme meant for providing healthcare benefits to major sections of the Indian population, who cannot afford the required medical facilities for themselves.
  • Ayushmaan Bharat Diwas, is a day observed to uplift the ideals of the Ayushman Bharat Yojna. This scheme reflects the fulfilment of the objectives of the Indian Government that align with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), under the United Nations. One of the sustainable goals of the UN with respect to universal health coverage is to "leave no one behind."

Apr 29, 2023

International Dance Day

  • International Dance Day, also known as World Dance Day, is celebrated annually on April 29 worldwide. It serves as a special day of celebration to recognise and appreciate the value and significance of the art of Dance. It recognises dance as a powerful tool for stress relief, self-expression, the celebration of happiness, and a means of fostering connection and togetherness among people.
  • International Dance Day was established by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), which is the main partner for performing arts of UNESCO, in 1982. The date of April 29th was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Jean Georges Noverre, a renowned innovator and scholar of dance who is credited with creating a modern ballet. Dance is celebrated on this day as one of the most dynamic and expressive forms of art, offering numerous benefits to individuals and communities.

International Astronomy Day

  • International Astronomy Day is observed on several days a year to observe celestial objects such as the moon and to share knowledge about astronomy with everyone. This is a day for astronomy enthusiasts to come together and share their knowledge and ideas with one another. The International Astronomy Day 2023 was observed on April 29.
  • Doug Berger started the celebration of International Astronomy Day in 1973. He was the then president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California. He intended to set up various telescopes in busy urban locations so that people could get a peek at the universe. It was an attempt to raise the general public's interest in astronomy. The event received a remarkable response and was later expanded to other countries.
  • International Astronomy Day is now celebrated in many countries worldwide. Many organizations associated with astronomy sponsor the event.

World Veterinary Day

  • World Veterinary Day is an annual event celebrated on the last Saturday of April (in 2023 April 29) to raise awareness about the importance of veterinarians and their contributions to animal health, welfare, and public health. It is celebrated around the world through various activities such as seminars, workshops, public lectures, and social media campaigns. It is an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the hard work and dedication of veterinarians in ensuring the health and well-being of animals and humans alike.
  • World Veterinary Day was first celebrated on April 29, 2000, as an initiative by the World Veterinary Association (WVA). Since then, it has been observed every year on the last Saturday of April, with a different theme chosen each year to highlight a specific aspect of veterinary medicine. This day provides a valuable opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate the significant contributions of veterinarians to society and to increase awareness about the importance of veterinary medicine.
  • the theme for World Veterinary Day 2023 was 'Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness in the Veterinary Profession'.

Apr 28, 2023

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

  • World Day for Safety and Health at Work is observed every year on April 28 to promote safe, healthy, and decent work environments across the globe. The day serves as an occasion for individuals and organisations to promote a culture of safety and health in the workplace.
  • The World Day for Safety and Health at Work was first observed in 2003 after the International Labour Organization (ILO) declared it an annual international campaign to raise awareness of the importance of workplace safety and health. The day coincides with the anniversary of the 1971 adoption of the Occupational Safety and Health Convention by the ILO.
  • Every year, on World Safety and Health Day, the ILO announces a theme or topic for discussion. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness about safety and health issues in the workplace. In 2023, the theme for World Day for Safety and Health at Work was "A safe and healthy working environment as a fundamental principle and right at work".
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