সোমবার, ১৭ ফেব্রুয়ারী, ২০১৪

Days to celebrate

We all know about international days celebrated by people worldwide. Some of these are celebrated in Bangladesh too. “New year’s day”, “International Mother language day”, “Valentine’s day”.  But how many of us do actually know that there are some unusual but important days exist in the whole year besides these. Last month we had celebrated “Mother’s day” and “May day” but do we know that only in the month “May” there are 16 different days celebrated world wide? Not only some serious days are celebrated but there are some funny (may be hilarious holidays) do exist. This month’s cover is dedicated to these special days, which are somehow unknown to us.

January 31st- Street Childrens Day
2009 marked the 75th anniversary of the canonization of John Bosco, the Father and Teacher of Youth. To mark the anniversary, Jugend Eine Welt launched “Street Children‘s Day“ the same year. The "Street Children's Day" is commemorated every year on the January 31st and should highlight the situation of these children and young people and raise funds for projects run by the Salesians of Don Bosco and the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco in favor of street children worldwide. A “Street Children‘s Day“ information package is sent to parishes, interested teachers and youth groups in the beginning of January. The package included material for a service for children, general background information on the subject of street children and suggestions for campaigns. This material is also available online (in German). Since the first Street Children's Day in 2009 it has gained more and more attention in Austrian media, especially in 2011 when the auxiliary bishop of Vienna Franz Scharl cleaned shoes on the streets to commemorate the day.

February 6- International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation:
It is a UN-sponsored awareness day that takes place February 6 each year in an effort to make the world aware of female genital mutilation (also called female genital mutilation or FGM) and to promote its eradication. First, on February 6, 2003, Stella Obasanjo, the First Lady of Nigeria and spokesperson for the Campaign Against Female Genital Mutilation, made the official declaration on "Zero Tolerance to FGM" in Africa during a conference organized by the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (IAC). Then the UN Sub-Commission on Human Rights adopted this day as an international awareness day.

February 12-Darwin Day
We all know what Darwin’s theory is. According to him we, humans, are the result of the evolution of, what we say now, Monkey. So basically, when we go to the zoo, we actually see our past. Although religions don’t accept his theory, but it seems like he made quite an impression of his work that his birthday is celebrated as “Darwin’s day”. A day celebrated in honor of him and his works. It was started as a “Day” after his death in April 19, 1882. In 1909, more than 400 scientists and dignitaries from 167 countries met in Cambridge to honor Darwin's contributions and to discuss vigorously the recent discoveries and related theories contesting for acceptance. This was a widely reported event of public interest. Also in 1909, on February 12, the 100th birth anniversary of Darwin and the 50th anniversary of the publication of On The Origin of Species were celebrated by the New York Academy of Sciences at the American Museum of Natural History. A bronze bust of Darwin was unveiled. On June 2, 1909 the Royal Society of New Zealand held a "Darwin Celebration". "There was a very large attendance."

February 13th- Hug Day –
Can you all remember about an Indian film “Munna Bhai M.B.B.S”, where the hero “Munna Bhai” teaches us the power of a hug? A magical “Jappi” that can solve any anger any pain leaving happiness behind. Well, maybe or maybe not but there is a day specially reserve for “Hug”. It is an annual holiday created by Rev. Kevin Zaborney. It occurs on January 21 and is officially recognized by the Hugging Committee of the City of London (?), as well as the United States Copyright Office, but is not a public holiday. The holiday was launched on January 21, 1986 in Clio, Michigan, USA, and has since spread globally. The purpose of the holiday is to encourage everyone to hug family and friends more often. Reverend Zaborney cautions to ask first if one is unsure of the response. While National Hugging Day and the Free Hugs Campaign share many similarities, there is no actual association between the two. Whether you hug a family member or a friend or a stranger, the mental and physical health benefits are the same.

February 22- Thinking Day
Do we need a day just for thinking? Well, many of you will be quite surprised to know that there is a day fixed which is named “Thinking Day”. So, maybe the question will arise“What would we think on that day?” Well basically it’s a day celebrated annually on February 22 by all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. It is also celebrated by Scout and Guide organizations and some boy-oriented associations around the world. It is a day when they think about the their "sisters" (and "brothers") in all the countries of the world, the meaning of Guiding, and its global impact.
Most recently, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts has selected an important international issue as the theme for each year's World Thinking Day, and selected a focus country from each of their five world regions. Girl Guides and Girl Scouts use this as an opportunity to study and appreciate other countries and cultures, and equally increase awareness and sensitivity to global concerns. Donations are collected for the Thinking Day Fund which supports projects to help Girl Guides and Scouts around the world.
February 22 was chosen as it was the birthday of Scouting and Guiding founder Robert Baden-Powell and of Olave Baden-Powell, his wife and World Chief Guide. Other Scouts celebrate it as “B.-P. Day” or “Founders' Day”.

February 28-National Science Day
National Science Day is celebrated in India on February 28 each year to mark the discovery of the Raman effect by Indian physicist Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman on 28 February 1928.
For his discovery, Raman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930.
In 1986, the National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) asked the Government of India to designate February 28 as National Science Day. The event is now celebrated all over the country in schools, colleges, universities and other academic, scientific, technical, medical and research institutions. On the occasion of the first NSD (National Science Day) on 30 May 2000 , the NCSTC announced institution of the National Science Popularization awards for recognizing outstanding efforts in the area of science communication and popularization. Sir C. V. Raman worked at Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata, West Bengal, India during 1907 to 1933 on various topics of Physics making discovery of the celebrated effect of scattering of light in1928, which bears his name and that brought many accolades including the Nobel Prize in 1930. The American Chemical Society designated the 'Raman Effect' as an International Historic Chemical Landmark in 2013. By MukilAntony

March 14-Pi Day
For young and not so young mathematicians there is a special day reserved, “Pi day”. It is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 (or 3/14 in the month/day date format), since 3, 1, and 4 are the three most significant digits of π in the decimal form. In 2009, the United States House of Representatives supported the designation of Pi Day.
Pi Approximation Day is observed on July 22 (or 22/7 in the day/month date format), since the fraction 22⁄7 is a common approximation of π.
Well, people who love math will definitely wait for this day but I probably won’t.

March 15th- World’s Consumer Rights Day
It is indeed a serious issue. On March 15 1962 US President John F. Kennedy gave a speech on consumer rights which led to the creation of the Consumer Bill of Rights. Consumer rights activist Anwar Fazal later proposed the observance of a "World Consumer Rights Day" marking that date, and on 15 March 1983 consumer organizations began observing that date as an occasion to promote the basic rights of consumers.
World Consumer Rights Day is an annual occasion for celebration and solidarity within the international consumer movement. Participants observe the day by promoting the basic rights of all consumers, demanding that those rights are respected and protected, and protesting about the market abuses and social injustices which undermine them.

March 21st- World Poetry Day
World Poetry Day is on 21 March, and was declared by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1999. The purpose of the day is to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world and, as the UNESCO session declaring the day says, to "give fresh recognition and impetus to national, regional and international poetry movements".
It was generally celebrated in October, sometimes on the 5th, but in the latter part of the 20th Century the world community celebrated it on 15 October, the birthday of Virgil, the Roman epic poet and poet laureate under Augustus. The tradition to keep an October date for national or international poetry day celebrations still holds in many countries. It is still 5 October in the UK. Alternatively, a different October or even November date is celebrated.

April 26th- world Intellectual Day
WIPO which elaborates to- World Intellectual Property Organization, in 2000 established this day to “Raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademark and designs impact on daily life” and “to celebrate creativity and the contribution made by the creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe”.  April 26th was chosen as the date for World Intellectual Property Day because it coincides with the date on which the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization entered into force in 1970.

May 6th- International No Diet Day
“No diet”- this is the word that will create a big smile to those who just love to eat. For them who live  for food, it is indeed a good news that in a year there is a day reserved when “No Diet” is allowed. International No Diet Day (INDD) is an annual celebration of body acceptance, including “fat acceptance” and “Body Shape Diversity”. This day is also dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle with a focus on health at any size and in raising awareness of the potential dangers of dieting and the unlikelihood of success; the Institute of Medicinesummarises: "those who complete weight loss programs lose approximately 10 percent of their body weight only to regain two-thirds within a year and almost all of it within five years." The first International No Diet Day was celebrated in the UK in 1992. Feminist groups in other countries around the globe have started to celebrate International No Diet Day, especially in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Israel, Denmark and Brazil.
International No Diet Day is observed on May 6, and its symbol is a light blue ribbon.

May 25th- Towel’s Day
“Towel’s Day”, pretty weird but it is true that people have a special day for towel’s. No, actually this is the day celebrated as a tribute to the author Douglas Adams by his fans. On this day, fans carry a towel with them, as described in Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, to demonstrate their appreciation for the books and the author. The commemoration was first held in 2001, two weeks after Adams' death on 11 May 2001.
August 13th- International Lefthander’s Day
The day for left-handers was first observed 13 August 1976. As its name suggests, it is meant to promote awareness of the inconveniences facing left-handers in a predominantly right-handed world. It celebrates the left-handers, who are from seven to ten percent of the world's population.

August 20th- World Mosquito Day
World Mosquito Day, is a commemoration of British doctor Sir Ronald Ross's discovery in 1897 that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans. Ross is responsible for the annual observance, having declared shortly after his discovery that the day should be known as World Mosquito Day in the future. Sad for mosquitoes that this is not so ever a special day for them.

September 19th- International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Pirates of the Caribbean is most probably the best film on pirates. We can not go to the sea and do any piracy but we can surely talk like a pirate in September 19th, as it is the “International Talk Like A Pirate day”. This day, which is a  periodic holiday, created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol' Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap'n Slappy), of Albany, Oregon, U.S., who proclaimed September 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate. For example, an observer of this holiday would greet friends not with "Hello," but with "Ahoy, matey!" The holiday, and its observance, springs from a romanticized view of the Golden Age of Piracy. It has become a holiday for members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

November 19th-
Many guys who feel sorry that there is no day for them, well, cheer up because you have your own day. Yes, November 19th is the “International Men’s day”. It is an annual international event  Inaugurated in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago, the day and its events find support from a variety of individuals and groups in Australia, the Caribbean, North America, Asia, Europe and Africa.
Spoken on behalf of UNESCO, Director of Women and Culture of Peace Ingeborg Breines said of IMD, "This is an excellent idea and would give some gender balance."
The objectives of celebrating an International Men's Day include focusing on men's and boys' health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. It is an occasion to highlight discrimination against men and boys and to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care. The broader and ultimate aim of the event is to promote basic humanitarian values. So gear up guys cause your day will also come.
Why we all will be so serious and seriously celebrate all the serious day’s when there is a wide range of stupid and hilarious days we have? So may be the days which will come soon in this year we will be celebrating. We can have these days may be as a pirate or as a hugger or maybe taking a towel and celebrate a “Towel’s Day”. Hopefully, these days will teach us some inner meaning which we are not able to realize in our normal days. This is why the special days are for, aren’t they?