Significant days of December


"DECEMBER" IN KERALA HISTORY



 
     

DECEMBER 01 - WORLD AIDS DAY

World AIDS Day 2019: December 1 is celebrated as World AIDS Day every year all over the world. The main motto behind celebrating the day is to raise public awareness about AIDS. Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome, is a pandemic disease caused due to the infection of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which causes damage to the immune system.

World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988. And each year, different organisations across the world bring attention to the HIV epidemic; endeavour to increase HIV awareness and knowledge. According to World Health Organisation, "37.9 million people living with HIV at the end of 2018, 79 percent received testing, 62 percent received treatment, and 53 percent had achieved suppression of the HIV virus with reduced risk of infecting others." The theme for the World Aids Day 2019 is "Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Community by Community".
 

DECEMBER 03 - INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DISABLED PERSONS

The observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. It was originally called "International Day of Disabled Persons". The theme for this year’s day of disabled persons is ‘Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda’. The theme focuses on the empowerment of persons with disabilities for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which pledges to ‘leave no one behind’ and recognizes disability as a cross-cutting issues.

 

 

     
 
     

DECEMBER  05 –  WORLD SOIL DAY

World Soil Day 2017 activities aim to communicate messages on the importance of soil quality for food security, healthy ecosystems and human well-being. Since 2012, the soil community has celebrated World Soil Day (WSD) on the 5th of December to raise awareness on the importance of soils for Zero Hunger, essential eco-system services – including climate change adaptation and mitigation – and sustainable development. This year's World Soil Day campaign "Stop soil erosion, Save our future" is envisaged to raise awareness on the importance of sustaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being by addressing the increasing challenges in soil management and, raise the profile of healthy soil by encouraging governments, organizations, communities and individuals around the world to engage in proactively improving soil health.

 

 

DECEMBER 05 - INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERS DAY

International Volunteers Day (originally known as International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development) is an international observance designated by the United Nations since 1985. It offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make their contributions    visible – at local, national and international levels. This year’s theme "Volunteer for an inclusive future", highlighting the pursuit of equality – including inclusion – through volunteerism. Volunteering provides opportunities for people, particularly those often excluded, to concretely impact their own lives and play a constructive role in their communities by volunteering their time and skills. Through volunteerism, communities around the world often experience strengthened solidarity and inclusion.

 Image: Malhar Kalambe receiving award for 2018 for his initiative to keep beaches plastic free.  Malhar started the Beach Plastic initiative along with his classmates in 2017 and now runs weekly clean-up drives at various beaches of Mumbai. Since its inception, the initiative has reached and engaged more than 10,000 volunteers and has collected and safely disposed more than 500 tonnes of garbage in 58 weeks.
     

 

 

 

   

DECEMBER 09 – INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY

International Anti-Corruption Day has been observed annually, on 9 December, since the passage of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on 31 October 2003. No country, region or community is immune. This year’s campaign focuses on how corruption affects education, health, justice, democracy, prosperity and development. Every year $1 trillion is paid in bribes while an estimated $2.6 trillion are stolen annually through corruption – a sum equivalent to more than 5 per cent of the global GDP. In developing countries, according to the United Nations Development Programme, funds lost to corruption are estimated at 10 times the amount of official development assistance. Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies.

(Image credit: corruptioncartoons.blogspot.com)
 

DECEMBER 10 – HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is observed to promote the awareness about human rights among the people all around the world, to emphasize the endeavors of the United Nations General Assembly in order to progress the overall human rights condition, to get together and celebrate in cooperation to discuss and highlight the specific issues of the human rights, and to encourage the vulnerable group of people like women, minorities, youth, poor, disabled person, indigenous people etc.  This year, Human Rights Day starts a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

     

DECEMBER 11 – UNICEF DAY

UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund) was created by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by II World War. 

 

 

 

DECEMBER 11 – INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY

International Mountain Day is observed to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world. Almost one billion people live in mountain areas, and over half the human population depends on mountains for water, food and clean energy. Yet mountains are under threat from climate change, land degradation, over exploitation and natural disasters, with potentially far-reaching and devastating consequences, both for mountain communities and the rest of the world. “Mountains matter for Youth” is the theme of this year’s International Mountain Day.

     

 

 

     

DECEMBER 14 – NATIONAL ENERGY CONSERVATION DAY

National Energy Conservation day is observed to aware people about the importance of energy as well as conserving by using less energy. The exact means of energy conservation is using less energy by avoiding the unnecessary uses of energy and using it efficiently for the future

 

DECEMBER 17 – PENSIONERS DAY

It was on the 17th December 1982, that the Supreme Court of India made a landmark judgment, in the case of D.S. Nakara and others vs. Union of India, that pension is neither a bounty nor a matter of grace depending upon the sweet will of the employer. It is not an ex-gratia payment, but a payment for past services rendered. Pensioners, therefore, observe this day as ‘Pensioners Day’ to commemorate late D.S. Nakara who fought for years to bring dignity and grace to the pensioners.

 

 

 

 

     
 

 

     

DECEMBER 18 – INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY

International Migrants Day is observed to identify the role of migrant and their contribution to development. The day is observed through the dissemination of information on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, and the design of actions to ensure their protection.

 

 

DECEMBER 22 – MATHEMATICS DAY

The Indian mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan was born on 22 December 1887. It was in recognition of his contribution to mathematics the Government of India decided to celebrate Ramanujan's birthday as the National Mathematics Day

(Image: Bust of Srinivasa Ramanujan at Birla Industrial & Technical Museum)
   
 

 

 

 

DECEMBER 23 – KISSAN DAY

Kissan Day (Farmer’s Day) is observed to celebrate the birth anniversary of Chowdhari Charan Singh, former 5th Prime Minister of India
 

DECEMBER 24 – NATIONAL CONSUMER RIGHTS DAY

National Consumer Rights Day is observed every year in India, since the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 was came into force on December 24 in 1986. The Consumer Protection Act with the objective of providing better protection of consumer's interest and to provide effective safeguards against various types of exploitations and unfair dealings.

 

     
   

 

   

DECEMBER 25 – CHRISTMAS

Christmas, a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world,  is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ

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