December is here!
December is the last month of the year and has 31 days in it. The winter season brings in several national and international days for us to celebrate. According to the Roman Calendar, it was originally the tenth month. From the Latin word, Decem means ‘ten’ from where it got the name as of December, the tenth month in the Roman Calendar.
December 1: World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is observed on 1 December every year to raise awareness and knowledge about HIV and a call to move toward ending the HIV epidemic. It was first celebrated in 1988. The theme of 2019 is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Community by Community”. And according to UNAIDS, the theme of this year is “Communities make the difference”.
December 2: National Pollution Control Day, International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
National Pollution Control Day is observed on December 2 to raise awareness about pollution and its hazardous effects. December 2 commemorates the victims of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy. International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is celebrated to make people aware of the modern slavery that works against human rights.
December 3: World Day of the Handicapped
World Day of the Handicapped is also known as the International Day of People with Disability (IDPWD). It was started in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly.
December 4: Indian Navy Day (First Friday of December)
Indians celebrate one of its important days in December 2020, Indian Navy Day, on December 4. It is one of the special days in December 2020 that puts light on Operation Trident, which was carried out at Karachi Harbour in 1971’s Indo-Pakistan war. The day is now for the annual remembrance of the achievements, difficulties, and roles that brave Navy people faced during the war.
December 5: International Volunteer Day, World Soil Day
International Volunteer Day (IVD) is celebrated on 5 December every year. This day provides a chance for volunteers and organisations to celebrate their efforts, values and promote their work among their communities, etc. The theme of 2019 IVD is “Volunteer for an inclusive future”. World Soil Day is observed on 5 December to raise awareness about the importance of soil, healthy ecosystems, and human well-being.
December 7: Armed Forces Flag Day, International Civil Aviation Day
Armed Forces Flag Day is observed across the country on 7 December since 1949 to honour the martyrs. It is also a day to remember the men who fought with bravery on the borders to safeguard the country’s honour. International Civil Aviation Day is observed on 7 December worldwide. It came into existence in 1994 as part of ICAO’s 50th-anniversary activities. It is known to raise awareness about these important days for social and economic development.
December 9: International Anti-Corruption Day
Corruption these days has affected health, education, justice, democracy, prosperity, and also development. To solve many problems that societies across the world face, it is important to eradicate corruption. Hence, the International Anti-Corruption day is meant to remind the community about the loss that corruption causes.
December 10: Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day is celebrated on 10 December. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948 by the United Nations General Assembly. This day is observed to protect the fundamental human rights of all people and their basic human freedom.
December 11: International Mountain Day (Second Friday of December)
International Mountain Day is celebrated on 11 December every year. This day is dedicated to the role that mountains play in providing freshwater, clean energy, food, and recreation.
December 14: National Energy Conservation Day
The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), under the Ministry of Power, celebrates 14 December as National Energy Conservation Day. The purpose behind the celebration of these important days is to spread awareness about the necessity of energy and its conservation in our daily life.
December 15: International Tea Day
International Tea Day is celebrated annually on 15 December to highlight the effect of the trade of tea globally on the economy, workers, farmers, and society.
December 16: Vijay Diwas
Vijay Diwas is celebrated on 16 December in India to remember the martyrs, their sacrifices and to strengthen the role of armed forces for the cause of the nation.
December 18: Minorities Rights Day in India, International Migrants Day
Minorities Rights Day in India is observed on 18 December to preserve and promote the rights of minority communities in India. This day focuses on the issues like the safety of minorities in the state. On this day several campaigns, seminars, and events are conducted to inform and educate people about them.
International Migrants Day is celebrated on 18 December to raise awareness about the protection for migrants and refugees.
December 19: Goa’s Liberation Day
The Liberation Day of Goa is celebrated on 19 December annually. On this date in 1961, Goa was released from the Portuguese dominion after army operation and extended freedom movement. This day is celebrated in commemoration of the Indian armed forces that helped Goa to received freedom from Portuguese rule.
December 20: International Human Solidarity Day
International Human Solidarity Day is observed on 20 December annually to highlight the importance of unity in diversity. This day also reminds people to work together in fighting against poverty, hunger, and disease.
December 22: National Mathematics Day
National Mathematics Day is celebrated on 22 December annually to commemorate the birth anniversary of the famous mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. The day is important for mathematics teachers and students. It is celebrated to raise awareness about the importance of Mathematics across the country. Another important aim to remember this day is for the development production, and dissemination of teaching-learning materials (TLM) for Mathematics and research.
December 23: Kisan Diwas
Kisan Divas or Farmer’s Day in India or National Farmer’s Day is celebrated on 23 December across the country to commemorate the birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh.
December 24: National Consumer Rights Day
National Consumer Rights Day is observed on 24 December annually with a particular theme across the country. The Consumer Protection Act, 1986 had received the assent of the president on this day. No doubt it is considered a historic milestone in the consumer movement in the country. This day also provides awareness about consumer rights and responsibilities.
December 25: Christmas Day, Good Governance Day (India)
Christmas Day is celebrated on 25 December worldwide annually to commemorate the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
The National Good Governance day was first established in the year 2014. Of the many important dates in December, this one is to pay a tribute to Vajpayee who worked for the prosperity of the country. Vajpayee served India as the 10th Prime Minister. He was also known as a great leader, poet, humanist, and statesman.
December 31: New Year’s Eve
According to the Gregorian calendar, New Year’s Eve is celebrated on 31st December as the last day of the year. People gather together to celebrate the evening by dancing, eating, singing, etc. and welcome New Year.