Days & Dates

Indian Army Day 2023: 15th January

Army Day is celebrated on 15 January every year in India, in recognition of Lieutenant General Kodandera M. Cariappa’s (later who became Field Marshal ) taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Francis Roy Bucher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, on 15 January 1949. The day is celebrated in the form of parades and other military shows in the national capital New Delhi as well as in all headquarters. On 15 January 2023, India celebrated its 75th Indian Army Day in Bengaluru. Army Day marks a day to salute the valiant soldiers who sacrificed their lives to protect the country and its citizens.

While celebrations take place across the country, the main Army Day parade is conducted in Cariappa Parade ground in Delhi cantonment. Gallantry awards and Sena medals are also awarded on this day. In 2020, 15 soldiers were presented with bravery awards. Param Vir Chakra and Ashok Chakra awardees participate in the Army Day parade every year. Military hardware, numerous contingents and a combat display are part of the parade. In 2020, Captain Tania Shergill became the first female officer to command an Army Day parade.

PM Modi inaugurates 26th National Youth Festival in Hubballi, Karnataka

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the 26th National Youth Festival, organized in Hubballi, Karnataka from 12th -16th January 2023.
  • This festival is held every year to provide exposure to our talented youth at the national level.
  • It is being held on National Youth Day (12th January), which is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
  • Theme of the event: “Viksit Yuva – Viksit Bharat”

Road Safety Week

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will observe the Road Safety Week from Wednesday to 17th of January across the country to propagate the cause of safer roads for all under the Swachhata Pakhwada.

The Ministry said, during the Week, various activities will be organised throughout the Country to create awareness among the general public and to give an opportunity to all stakeholders to contribute to the cause of road safety. This includes various awareness campaigns related to causes of road accidents and measures to prevent them.

The Ministry said, several activities including Nukkad Nataks and Sensitization Campaigns will be conducted at various locations in the National Capital. It said, an Essay Writing and Poster Making competition also will be organised for the general public including school students, corporates and Non-Government Organisations at Indian Agricultural Research Institute Pusa in New Delhi.

The Ministry urged all Members of Parliament, State Governments and related stakeholders to participate in the event conducted for road safety awareness.

Union Minister Jitendra Singh releases theme of National Science Day 2023

  • Science and Technology Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh released the Theme of National Science Day 2023 at a function in New Delhi.
  • This year the theme of National Science Day is Global Science for Global Wellbeing.
  • The theme has been chosen for the purpose of raising public appreciation of scientific issues in a global context which is having a bearing on global Well-being. National Science Day is celebrated every year on the 28th of February to commemorate the discovery of the Raman Effect by Indian Physicist Sir C V Raman.
  • National Science Day is celebrated every year on the 28th February to celebrate the discovery of the Raman Effect by Indian Physicist Sir C V Raman.

World Hindi Day 2023

World Hindi Day is celebrated on January 10 every year to promote awareness about the language across the world. It is also the day when Hindi, India’s national language, was spoken for the first time in the United Nations General Assembly.

It was on this day in 1975 that the first World Hindi Conference was held in Nagpur. Since then, such conferences are organised in different parts of the world every year.

This year, the 12th World Hindi Conference will be organised in Fiji by the Foreign Ministry in collaboration with the Fiji government from February 15 to 17. The location for the 2023 event was decided during the 11th World Hindi Conference held in Mauritius last year.

Theme of World Hindi Conference 2023:

The theme this year is “Hindi – Traditional Knowledge to Artificial Intelligence”.

Ladakh celebrates Losar Festival to mark Ladakhi New Year

Ladakh is celebrating Losar Festival on December 24 to mark the Ladakhi New Year. Ladakhi New Year is the major socio-religious festival of Ladakh celebrated in winter.

The Losar festivities continue for nine more days from the new year with the offering of prayers in the name of God and Goddess, dances and songs in honour of Ibex and the pilgrimage of Mount Kailash.

The new year is welcomed with dough Models of Ibex Sun and Moon and flour-painted lucky signs on the walls of the kitchen. The third day of the new year is celebrated with the sighting of first moon of the year with a prayer for bumper crops in the coming year.

Losar Festival is also one of the major attractions for tourists in the winter season, as the festival is largely celebrated with several ritual performances and traditional events of songs and dances.

India observes Veer Baal Diwas of 26th December

  • India has observed first ‘Veer Bal Diwas‘ on December 26, to honor the ‘Sahibzadas’, the four sons of Guru Gobind Singh.
  • This day is observed to pay honor and tribute to the sacrifices made by Sahibzada Zorawar Singh (6) and Sahibzada Fateh Singh (9), who were laid down their lives while defending their faith in Sirhind, Punjab.

Universal Health Coverage Day 2022

Universal Health Coverage Day 2022 is observed on 12 December. Universal Health Coverage Day is marked to promote the importance of building robust, resilient, world-class healthcare systems globally. Having access to high-quality, reasonably priced healthcare is important for global growth. On this day, the disparities within the healthcare system’s various divisions are emphasized, endangering global social and economic development.

This year’s theme, “Build the world we want: A healthy future for all,” emphasizes that in order to build strong health systems we need equity, trust, healthy environments, investments and accountability.

 

International Mountain Day 2022

International Mountain Day is celebrated annually on December 11 to increase public awareness of the value of mountains to both life and climate. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) established International Mountain Day to recognise the importance of mountains. Nearly 15 per cent of the world’s population lives in mountains, which also house roughly half of the planet’s biodiversity hotspots. The theme this year is ‘Women Move Mountains.’

History

The day came into existence in 2003. The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development accepted Chapter 13 of Agenda 21: Managing Fragile Ecosystems: Sustainable Mountain Development in 1992. With such widespread support, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2002 to be the “United Nations International Year of Mountains.” The group determined that beginning in 2003, December 11 would be designated as World Mountain Day annually.

Nobel Prize Day 2022

Every year people across the globe observe Nobel Prize Day on December 10 to honour the work of Alfred Nobel. The day also marks the death anniversary of Alfred Nobel, who created a series of award categories for achievements made for the benefit of humanity.

The Nobel Prize is considered one of the most prestigious international awards given to people who gave their best contribution in the fields of physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and peace.

Alfred Nobel was also known as ‘Merchant of Death’. The reason behind his nickname was because of his inventions and the most prestigious award is given after his name.