Important Days And Dates Observed In 2017

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IMPORTANT DAYS AND DATES OBSERVED IN 2017
1. World Braille Day: 04 January 2017
Purpose: To recognize the efforts of Louis Braille. Louis Braille is credited with inventing the Braille language which helps blind people to read as well as write.
2. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (NRI Day): 09 January 2017
Organized: India
Purpose: To Mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community to the development of India. The day commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa in Bombay on 9 January 1915.
3. World Hindi Day: 10 January 2017
Organised: India
Purpose: To mark the day, 14 September 1949, on which the Constituent Assembly adopted Hindi written in Devanagari script as the Official Language of the Union.
4. National Youth Day: 12 January 2017
Organization: India
Theme: “Indian youth for development skill and harmony”
Purpose: To commemorate the birthday of Swami Vivekananda, maker of the modern India.
5. Indian Army Day: 15 January 2017
Organization: India
Purpose: Recognition of Lieutenant General K. M. Cariappa’s taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, on 16 January 1949.
6. Religious Freedom Day: 16 January 2017
Organization: US
Purpose: To stand against religious intolerance
7. National Voters Day: 25 January 2017
Organization: India
Theme: Empowering young and future events
Purpose: To encourage more young voters to take part in the political process
8. National Tourism Day: 25 January 2017
Organization: India
Purpose: To raise awareness of the importance of tourism for the country’s economy.
9. International Customs Day: 26 January 2017
Organization: World Customs Organization
Theme: Digital Customs: Progressive Engagement
10. Martyrs’ Day: 30 January 2017
Organization: India
Purpose: To honor of those who lost their lives defending the sovereignty of the nation and death anniversary of Mahathma Gandhi
11. International Holocaust Remembrance Day: 27 January 2017
Designated by: United Nations Organisation
Theme: Holocaust Remembrance: Educating for a Better Future
First Observed in: 2005
12. World Wetlands Day: 02 February 2017
Designated by: Ramsar Convention Secretariat
Theme: Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction
First Observed in: 1997
13. World Cancer Day: 04 February 2017
Designated by: Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
Theme: We Can, I Can (for 2016-18)
First Observed in: 2000
14. International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation: 06 February 2017
Designated by: U.N.O.
Theme: Building a solid and interactive bridge between Africa and the world to accelerate ending FGM by 2030
First Observed in: 2013
15. Safer Internet Day: 07 February 2017
Designated by: European Union
Theme: Be the change: Unite for a better internet
First Observed in: 2004
16. World Radio Day: 13 February 2017
Designated by: UNESCO
Theme: Radio is You
First Observed in: 2013
17. World Day of Social Justice: 20 February 2017
Designated by: UNO
Theme: Preventing conflict and sustaining peace through decent work
First Observed in: 2008
18. Zero Discrimination Day: 01 March 2017
Designated by: UNAIDS
Theme: Make Some Noise for #Zero Discrimination
First Observed in: 2014
19. World Wildlife Day: 03 March 2017
Designated by: United nations General Assembly
Theme: Listen to the Young Voices
First Observed in: 2014
20. World Hearing Day: 03 March 2017
Designated by: W.H.O.
Theme: Action for Hearing Loss, Make a Sound Investment
First Observed in: 2007
21. World Kidney Day: 09 March 2017
Designated by: International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF)
Theme: Kidney Disease and Obesity
First Observed in: 2006
22. World Consumer Rights Day: 15 March 2017
Designated by: Consumers International
Theme: Building a Digital World Consumers can Trust
First Observed in: 1983
23. International Day of Happiness: 20 March 2017
Designated by: UN General Assembly
First Observed in: 2013
24. International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination: 21 March 2017
Designated by: UN General Assembly
Theme: Racial profiling and incitement to hatred, including in the context of migration
First Observed in: 1966
25. International Day of Forests: 21 March 2017
Designated by: UN General Assembly
Theme: Forests and Energy
First Observed in: 2013
26. World Poetry Day: 21 March 2017
Designated by: UNESCO
First Observed in: 2000
27. World Down Syndrome Day: 21 March 2017
Designated by: UN General Assembly
Theme: MyVoiceMyCommunity – Enabling people with Down syndrome to speak up, be heard and influence government policy and action, to be fully included in the community
First Observed in: 2012
28. World Water Day: 22 March 2017
Designated by: UN General Assembly
Theme: Why Waste Water
First Observed in: 1993
29. World Tuberculosis Day: 24 March 2017
Designated by: WHO
Theme: Unite to end TB: Leave no one behind
First Observed in: 1982
30. International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims: 24 March 2017
Designated by: UN General Assembly
First Observed in: 2011
31. International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade: 25 March 2017
Designated by: UN General Assembly
Theme: Remember Slavery: Recognising the Legacy and Contributions of People of African Descent
First Observed in: 2008
32. World Autism Awareness Day: 02 April 2017
Designated by: UN General Assembly
First Observed in: 2008
33. International Mine Awareness Day: 04 April 2017
Designated by: United Nations General Assembly
Theme: Needs Driven. People Centred
First Observed in: 2006
34. International Day of Sport for Development and Peace: 06 April 2017
Designated by: United Nations General Assembly
First Observed in: 2014
35. World Health Day: 07 April 2017
Designated by: World Health Organisation
Theme: Depression: Let's Talk
First Observed in: 1950
36. International Day of Human Space Flight: 12 April 2017
Designated by: UN General Assembly
First Observed in: 2011
37. World Haemophilia Day: 17 April 2017
Designated by: World Federation of Haemophilia
Theme: Hear their voices
First Observed in: 1989
38. International Day for Monuments and Sites (World Heritage Day): 18 April 2017
Designated by: UNESCO
Theme: Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism
First Observed in: 1983
39. International Mother Earth Day: 22 April 2017
Designated by: UN General Assembly
Theme: Environmental & Climate Literacy
First Observed in: 2010
Note: Earth Day was first observed in 1970 in the United States and it went global in 1990. The same day was adopted by the UN in 2009 as the International Mother Earth Day.
40. UN English Language Day: 23 April 2017
Designated by: UN Dept of Public Information
First Observed in: 2010
Significance: Birthday of William Shakespeare
41. World Malaria Day: 25 April 2017
Designated by: World Health Organisation
First Observed in: 2007
Theme: Malaria Prevention: Let's close the gap
42. World Day for Safety and Health: 28 April 2017
Designated by: International Labour Organisation
First Observed in: 2003
Theme: Optimize the collection and use of OSH (Occupational Safety and Health) data
43. World Asthma Day: 02 May 2017
Designated by: Global Initiative for Asthma
Theme: Asthma: Better Air, Better Breathing
44. World Press Freedom Day: 03 May 2017
Designated by: UN General Assembly
First Observed in: 1994
Theme: Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies
45. World Red Cross and Crescent Day: 08 May 2017
Designated by: International Committee of the Red Cross
First Observed in: 1948
Theme: Everywhere for Everyone