World Music Day is celebrated every year on 21 June. Popularly called ‘Make Music Day’, and ‘Fête de la Musique’ in French, this day marks the importance of music in everyone’s life. According to a survey, 92% of Indians take solace in music during their hard times.
Music is not just a healing therapy, it also ensures a good mood and healthy mental well-being.
On this day, people step out on the streets to play and enjoy music. It is an open event where anyone can join and play music. However, with the Covid19 pandemic this year, the World Music Day celebrations are restricted to everyone’s homes.
World Music Day is celebrated alongside International Yoga Day. Both music and Yoga play an important role in maintaining sanity for everyone. Not just musicians, but everyone celebrates this day with full enthusiasm.
World Music Day: History and Significance
In France, the country’s Culture Ministry decided to provide people with a music holiday in the 1980s. The aim was to celebrate a day with free and live music everywhere from streets to gardens. The first World Music Day was celebrated in 1982 in France after the government announced June 21 as a National holiday on account of Fête De La Musique (festival of music).
French Minister of Art and Culture, Jack Lange and Maurice Fleuret, started Fete de la Musique in Paris. Fleuret was a French composer, music journalist, festival organiser and radio producer.
World Music Day: Quotes
- “If music is the food of love, play on.” – William Shakespeare
- “Without music, life would be a mistake.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
- “Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.” -John Lennon
- “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” -Bob Marley
- “I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.” – William James
- “Music is a world within itself. It’s a language we all understand.” -Stevie Wonder
- “Music is powerful. As people listen to it, they can be affected. They respond.” Ray Charles