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International Book Year

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International Book Year

1972 was proclaimed International Book Year[2] by the United Nations and made effective by UNESCO. History The announcement was officially established in 1970, during the General Assembly of UNESCO. The cause of the proclamation is to increase access to books. The logo of the event was celebrated by the issuance of postage stamps by several countries[3][4] Postage stamps, Germany References The UNESCO Courier. Jan 1972, Canada. UNESCO. ORG (in Portuguese)CAVALCANTI, Cordélia Robalinho. de Oliveira; CUNHA, Murilo Bastos da. Dicionário de Biblioteconomia e Arquivologia. Brasília, Briquet de Lemos Livros, 2008, página 17. ISBN 978-85-85637-35-4 [1]

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Internet Day

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Internet Day

Internet Day is an event celebrated in Mexico, Peru, Chile, Paraguay, Argentina, Spain, Colombia, Uruguay, Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela, and other parts of the world on October 29, promoted by the Association of Internet Users. It was celebrated for the first time on October 29, 2005. Shortly afterwards, at the Summit of the Information Society celebrated in Tunisia in November 2005, it was decided to propose to the UN the designation of October 29 as the World-wide Day of the Information Society, which resulted in Internet Day being celebrated on that day.[1] General Objectives Internet Day aims to show the possibilities offered by new technologies to improve standards of living by giving people more understanding of technology and its functions. The idea The Internet Day initiative initially arose due to the Association of Internet Users, with other Spanish associations joining due to the opportunity to share what each one does to extend the Information Society to all citizens. In Latin America the Worl

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World Fiddle Day

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World Fiddle Day

World Fiddle Day is an annual celebration of fiddle music, held on the third Saturday May. [1] World Fiddle Day events are held around the world, in areas where fiddle music is popular.[2] History World Fiddle Day was founded by Donegal fiddler Caoimhin Mac Aoidh in 2012.[3][4] The May date was chosen to coincide with the 1737 death of Italian violin craftsman Antonio Stradivari.[5] The first Toronto celebration was held in 2013 and that year there was a celebration in Winnipeg as well. In 2015, Canada declared World Fiddle Day to be National Fiddle Day as well.[6][7] There were celebrations in Owen Sound,Ontario,[8] St. John's, Newfoundland and Toronto.[9] The Ottawa Fiddle and Stepdancing Competition was held in Richmond, Ontario.[10] In 2016 a World Fiddle Day celebration was held at Fort York in Toronto on May 21. Yosvani Castañeda Valdés demonstrated Cuban fiddling, while Dan MacDonald performed and presented a workshop about Cape Breton fiddling style.[11][12] Other events were held in Owen Sound, O

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International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

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International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) is an annual celebration of the power of sport to drive social change, community development and to foster peace and understanding. Created by the United Nations General Assembly in 23 August 2013, supported by the International Olympic Committee since 6 April 2014. This date commemorates the inauguration, in 1896, of the first Olympic games of the modern era, in Athens, (Greece)[1]. Celebration On 23 August 2013, the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution 67/296 decides to proclaim on 6 April as the "International Day of the Sport for the Development and the Peace". The UN, with this commemoration, "invites States, the United Nations system and in particular the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace, relevant international organizations, and international, regional and national sports organizations, civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, and all other relevant stakeholders t

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Good Deeds Day

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Good Deeds Day

Good Deeds Day is an international day of volunteering. Beginning in 2007, its mission is to unite people from around the world in doing good deeds for others and the planet. Background This day of community service was launched in 2007 in Israel by businesswoman and philanthropist, Shari Arison, through Ruach Tova, a Nonprofit organization that connects between people who want to volunteer and organizations in need of assistance. Speaking about the day, initiator Shari Arison said: I believe that if people will think good, speak good and do good, the circles of goodness will grow in the world. Good Deeds Day has become the leading day of giving and this year individuals, school children, students, soldiers and employees from many businesses are joining in for the annual Good Deeds Day with the aim of doing a good deed for others.[1] History Approximately 7,000 people participated in Israel in 2007. The day became global in 2011, with participants from around the world, including in the USA, Ukraine an

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Random Acts of Kindness Day

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Random Acts of Kindness Day

Random Acts of Kindness Day is a day to celebrate and encourage random acts of kindness. "It's just a day to celebrate kindness and the whole pay it forward mentality", said Tracy Van Kalsbeek, executive director of the Stratford Perth Community Foundation, in 2016, where the day is celebrated on November 4.[1] It is celebrated on September 1 in New Zealand and on February 17 in the US.[2][3][4] Background The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK) was founded in 1995 in the US. It is a nonprofit headquartered in Denver, Colorado.[5] Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) day began in 2004 in New Zealand.[6][7][8][9] Suggested activities Ideas include: Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru Let someone go ahead of you in line Buy extra at the grocery store and donate it to a food pantry Buy flowers for someone (postal worker, grocery store clerk, bus driver, etc.) Help someone change a flat tire Post anonymous sticky notes with validating or uplifting messages around for people to find Complime

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Sewa Day

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Sewa Day

Sewa Day is an international day of volunteering, held numerous times per years. It is inspired by the concept of selfless service. Background Sewa, also Seva, is short for the word Kar Seva, which is derived from the Sanskrit words kar, meaning hands or work, and seva, meaning service.[1][2] Sewa Day was launched in 2010 by a nonprofit of the same name, a charity registered in England & Wales (No. 4446848).[3][4] Activities The first six Sewa Days were held on the first Sunday of October. This will change in 2016: 3 October 2010[5] 2 October 2011 7 October 2012[6][7][8] 6 October 2013[9] 5 October 2014[10] 4 October 2015[11] 16 October 2016[12] Participating groups have organised Sewa Day volunteering projects in; old peoples’ homes, homeless shelters, schools in disadvantaged areas, hospitalls and hospices, parks, conservation areas and farms.[13] In 2013, over 75,000 volunteers took part in over 25 countries resulting in more than 561,000 volunteering hours. Sewa Day has taken pl

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Asteroid Day

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Asteroid Day

Asteroid Day (also known as International Asteroid Day) is an annual global event which is held on the anniversary of the Siberian Tunguska event that took place on June 30, 1908, the most harmful known asteroid-related event on Earth in recent history.[1][2] The United Nations has proclaimed it be observed globally on June 30 every year in its resolution. Asteroid Day aims to raise awareness about asteroids and what can be done to protect the Earth, its families, communities, and future generations from a catastrophic event. For example, 2014 HQ, discovered April 23, 2014, went past 1,250,000 km from Earth the same year, June 8th, only 46 days after discovery, and 2015 TB, went past at 490,000 km only 21 days after its discovery. History Asteroid Day was co-founded by Stephen Hawking, filmmaker Grigorij Richters, B612 Foundation President, Danica Remy, Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart and Brian May, Queen guitarist and astrophysicist.[2] [3] Over 200 astronauts, scientists, technologists and artists, i

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World Porridge Day

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World Porridge Day

World Porridge Day, on 10 October, is an international event related to porridge.[1] The first of the days was held in 2009.[2][3] The event is organized to raise funds for the charity Mary's Meals, based in Argyll, Scotland, to aid starving children in developing countries. The organization "feeds the nutrient-rich maize-based porridge Likuni Phala to about 320,000 children in Malawi each year."[2] The 2009 day included gatherings in the United States, France, Malawi, Bosnia and Sweden.[2] Stoats Porridge Bars was the official World Porridge Day partner in 2016.[1] The World Porridge Making Championship has taken place alongside the day since 2009.[2] References "World Porridge Day". Mary's Meals. Retrieved 30 September 2016. "Best porridge title scooped by US". BBC News. BBC. 11 October 2009. "American wins world porridge title". Daily Telegraph. 11 October 2009.

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Education Freedom Day

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Education Freedom Day

Education Freedom Day logo Education Freedom Day (EFD) is an international event launched by the Digital Freedom Foundation in 2013. It's annually observed on March 21. It is similar to other Freedom Days, namely Software, Hardware and Culture Freedom Day. The goal of EDF is spread knowledge and awareness regarding the benefits of using free software and free educational resources for education.[1] History The first Education Freedom Day was observed on January 17, 2013. The date, however, had to later be changed due to incompatibilities with local holidays such as Chinese New Year and summer holidays when schools are closed. Presently it is observed in March. In 2016, EFD was observed on March 21. Event organization is handled by DFF and volunteers around the world. Volunteers are encouraged to organize events that benefit local educational communities. References "Education Freedom Day". AnydayGuide. Retrieved 20 October 2016. External links Official website

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Spirit Day

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Spirit Day

Spirit Day is an annual LGBTQ awareness day observed on the third Thursday in October.[1] Started in 2010 by Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan, it was initially created in response to a rash of widely publicized bullying-related suicides of gay school students in 2010, including that of Tyler Clementi.[2] Promoted by GLAAD, observers wear the color purple as a visible sign of support for LGBTQ youth and against bullying during National Bullying Prevention Month,[1][3] as well as to honor LGBTQ victims of suicide. History The first observance took place on Wednesday, October 20, 2010. Later observances were held on Thursday, October 20, 2011[4] and Friday, October 19, 2012[5] before the tradition of the third Thursday of October was established in 2013.[6][7] After the inaugural observance received promotion by GLAAD, many Hollywood celebrities wore purple on this day to show their support of the cause,[8][9][10] and many websites added a prominent purple shade to their design. On Facebook, event pages cr

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Data Privacy Day

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Data Privacy Day

Data Privacy Day (known in Europe as Data Protection Day)[1] is an international event that occurs every year on 28th January.[2] The purpose of Data Privacy Day is to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices. It is currently observed in the United States, Canada, Israel[3] and 47 European countries. Data Privacy Day's educational initiative originally focused on raising awareness among businesses as well as users about the importance of protecting the privacy of their personal information online, particularly in the context of social networking. The educational focus has expanded over the past four years to include families, consumers and businesses. In addition to its educational initiative, Data Privacy Day promotes events and activities that stimulate the development of technology tools that promote individual control over personally identifiable information; encourage compliance with privacy laws and regulations; and create dialogues among stakeholders interested in advanci

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Doppelganger Week

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Doppelganger Week

Doppelgänger Week occurs during the first week of February, starting on a Sunday and ending on a Saturday. It is an internet meme in which users of social networking websites change their profile picture to that of celebrities, athletes, historical figures, or friends with whom they share a physical resemblance. The meme started in 2010.[1] Although it was reportedly started by Bob Patel,[2] who was constantly told by workmates that he looks like Tom Selleck, the earliest record of Doppelgänger Week can be found on Facebook's Doppelgänger Week Page.[3] Past and Future Dates 2010: January 31 - February 6 2011: January 30 - February 5 2012: January 29 - February 4 2013: February 3 - February 9 2014: February 2 - February 8 2015: February 1 - February 7 2016: January 31 - February 6 2017: January 29 - February 4 2018: February 4 - February 10 2019: February 3 - February 92020: February 2 - February 8 2021: January 31 - February 6 2022: January 30 - February 5 2023: January 29 - February 4 2024: February 4 - F

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Day of the Imprisoned Writer

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Day of the Imprisoned Writer

PEN International Day of the Imprisoned Writer The Day of the Imprisoned Writer is an annual, international day intended to recognize and support writers who resist repression of the basic human right to freedom of expression and who stand up to attacks made against their right to impart information. This day is observed each year on November 15. It was started in 1981 by PEN International's Writers in Prison Committee.[1] In addition to increasing the public's awareness of persecuted writers in general, PEN uses the Day of the Imprisoned Writer to direct attention to several specific persecuted or imprisoned writers and their individual circumstances. Each of the selected writers is from a different part of the world, and each case represents circumstances of repression that occur when governments or other entities in power feel threatened by what writers have written.[2] On this day, the general public is encouraged to take action—in the form of donations and letters of appeal—on behalf of the selected wr

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International Day of Radiology

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International Day of Radiology

The International Day of Radiology (IDoR) is an annual event promoting the role of medical imaging in modern healthcare. It is celebrated on November 8 each year and coincides with the anniversary of the discovery of x-rays. It was first introduced in 2012, as a joint initiative of the European Society of Radiology (ESR), the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), and the American College of Radiology (ACR).[1] The International Day of Radiology is acknowledged and celebrated by nearly 200 national, sub-speciality, and related societies around the world. Background The International Day of Radiology is a successor to the European Day of Radiology which was launched in 2011. The first and only European Day of Radiology (EDoR) was held on February 10, 2011 to commemorate the anniversary of Röntgen's death and was organised by the European Society of Radiology(ESR). Due to the success of the EDoR, the ESR entered into cooperation with the RSNA and the ACR to establish the International Day of Radiology.

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International Francophonie Day

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International Francophonie Day

International Francophonie Day (French: Journée internationale de la Francophonie) is observed within the International Organization of La Francophonie's 77 member states every March 20 to celebrate the French language and Francophone culture. There are over 369 million French speakers on Earth. Created in 1988, the date celebrates the signing of the Niamey Convention in Niger on 20 March 1970. The convention established the Agence de Coopération Culturelle et Technique, the precursor to the International Organization of La Francophonie. See also Organisation internationale de la Francophonie UN French Language Day References http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy-1/promoting-francophony/events-2133/article/international-day-of-la http://www.international.gc.ca/media/franco/news-communiques/2013/03/20a.aspx?lang=eng External links Official website

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International Volunteer Day

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International Volunteer Day

A schoolgirl in Congo presents a sculpture commemorating International Volunteer Day to one of the United Nations volunteers. The International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development (5 December), more commonly referred to as International Volunteer Day (IVD), is an international observance mandated by the UN General Assembly in 1985. It offers an opportunity for volunteer-involving organizations and individual volunteers to promote volunteerism, encourage governments to support volunteer efforts and recognize volunteer contributions to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local, national and international levels. International Volunteer Day is celebrated by many non-governmental organizations, civil society, and the private sector, among others. It is also marked and supported by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme. UNV coordinates a campaign to promote IVD every year, building on the impact volunteers have in communities, nationally and globally for peace an

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International Year of Human Rights

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International Year of Human Rights

1968 was declared the International Year of Human Rights by UNESCO, with the principal goal of bringing attention to the state of human rights throughout the world.[1] On its XX session on March 17-18, 1964 United Nations Commission on Human Rights considered United Nations General Assembly Eighteenth session decision to proclaim International Year of Human Rights and recommended the establishment of the committee for preparation of celebration of 20th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and organisation of an international conference on human rights.[2] See also Human rights History of human rights Timeline of young people's rights in the United Kingdom in the United States Slavery in the United States in Russia Slavery in international law Slave Trade Acts Human rights in China (PRC) Command responsibility Moral universalism Declaration on Great Apes, an as-yet unsuccessful effort to extend some human rights to other great apes. "Consent of the governed" Racial equ

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Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day

Saint Valentine Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine,[1] is celebrated annually on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine and is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and love in many regions of the world. There are a number of martyrdom stories associated with various Valentines connected to February 14,[2] including an account of the imprisonment of Saint Valentine of Rome for ministering to Christians persecuted under the Roman Empire in the third century.[3][4] According to an early tradition, Saint Valentine restored sight to the blind daughter of his jailer.[5] Numerous later additions to the legend have better related it to the theme of love: an 18th-century embellishment to the legend claims he wrote the jailer's daughter a letter signed "Your Valentine" as a farewell before his execution;[6] another addition posits that

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International Year of the Monument

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International Year of the Monument

The International Year of the Monument is a commemorative date created by UNESCO in 1964. The implementation of the date was to give a better global coverage in the perception of the monument as a building or historical site of exemplary character, for its significance in the life trajectory of a society / community and its There are monuments built especially to celebrate or reminisce about an episode, moment or character of our history, created by architects, sculptors, artists, etc. Others are remnants of the past that survived the time and are consecrated By society as collective symbols, and as references of the memory of a people.[1] Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage The Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage defines monument as: monuments: architectural works, works of monumental sculpture and painting, elements or structures of an archaeological nature, inscriptions, cave dwellings and combinations of features, wh

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World Urbanism Day

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World Urbanism Day

Flag of Urbanism. The international organisation for World Urbanism Day, also known as "World Town Planning Day", was founded in 1949 by the late Professor Carlos Maria della Paolera of the University of Buenos Aires, a graduate at the Institut d'urbanisme in Paris, to advance public and professional interest in planning. It is celebrated in more than 30 countries on four continents each November 8th. It is a special day to recognise and promote the role of planning in creating livable communities. World Urbanism Day presents an excellent opportunity to look at planning from a global perspective, an event which appeals to the conscience of citizens and public authorities in order to draw attention to the environmental impact resulting from the development of cities and territories. See also Urbanism New Urbanism Institut d'Urbanisme de Paris (French Wikipedia) External links American Planning Association: World Town Planning Day World Urbanism Day from WN Network

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World Animal Day

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World Animal Day

World Animal Day is an international day of action for animal rights and welfare celebrated annually on October 4, the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Aims The mission of World Animal Day, is to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe. Building the celebration of World Animal Day unites the animal welfare movement, mobilising it into a global force to make the world a better place for all animals. It's celebrated in different ways in every country, irrespective of nationality, religion, faith or political ideology. Through increased awareness and education we can create a world where animals are always recognised as sentient beings and full regard is always paid to their welfare."[1] History Blessings of the Animals on St. Francis Day in Lincoln, Nebraska (2017) World Animal Day was originated by cynologist Heinrich Zimmermann. He organized the first World Animal Day on 24 March 1925 at the Sport Palace in Berlin, Germany. Over 5

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International Tea Day

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International Tea Day

International Tea Day is observed annually on December 15. It has been celebrated since 2005 in tea producing countries like India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia,Bangladesh, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Uganda and Tanzania.[1] International Tea Day aims to draw global attention of governments and citizens to the impact of the global tea trade on workers and growers, and has been linked to requests for price supports and fair trade.[2][3] The main architects were M. Subbu (New Trade Union Initiative), Shatadru Chattopadhayay (CEC), Samir Roy (HMS), Ashok Ghosh (UTUC) and Paramasivam (INTUC) at the World Social Forum in 2004, the first International Tea Day was celebrated in New Delhi in 2005,[4] with later celebrations organized in Sri Lanka in 2006 and 2008.[2] International Tea Day celebrations and the related Global Tea Conferences have been jointly organized by trade union movements.[2] In 2015, the Indian government proposed expanding the observance of International Tea Day through the UN Food and Ag

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World Day Without Wifi

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World Day Without Wifi

World Day Without Wifi is an international day celebrated around the world on 8 November.[1][2][3][4] Meaning The Federación Ambientalista Internacional (FAI) declared 8 November "World Day Without Wifi". With the purpose of making visible to the people the risks of the wireless connection.[5][6][7][8][9] References "» The truth and the nonsense about the dangers of WiFi". cameracomparsions.xyz. Retrieved 2017-01-04. "Declaran el 8 de noviembre 'Día Mundial sin WiFi'". EL INFORMADOR. Retrieved 2017-01-04. "Hoy es el Día Mundial sin Wifi". www.tiemposur.com.ar. Retrieved 2017-01-04. Press, Europa (2016-11-08). "La Federación Ambientalista Internacional alerta de los riesgos para la salud del WiFi". europapress.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-01-04. "Wi-Fi: contaminación silenciosa y un tóxico ambiental". www.extra.ec. Retrieved 2017-01-04. Luna, Laline. "¡Por su alta radiación! Declaran el 8-N como Día Mundial sin Wi-Fi | Reporte1.com". www.reporte1.com. Retrieved 2017-01-04. "El 8 de

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World NGO Day

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World NGO Day

Wikiquote has quotations related to: World NGO Day World NGO Day is an international calendar day annually observed on 27 February. Officially recognized and declared by the 12 member countries of the IX Baltic Sea NGO Forum of the Council of the Baltic Sea States in 2010 and first time marked by the UN,[3] EU leaders and international organizations in 2014.[4][5] History World NGO Day, February 27, was established by the philanthropist Mārcis Liors Skadmanis.[6][7] World NGO Day was officially recognized by the Baltic Sea NGO Forum of the Council of the Baltic Sea States on 17 April 2010. The member countries of the Baltic Sea NGO Forum were Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Norway and Sweden.[5][8] World NGO Day was officially adopted into the X Baltic Sea NGO Forum’s Final Statement Resolution on 23-25 April 2012, part of the German CBSS Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States. The Forum was taking place at Humboldt University in Berlin,

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World Cocktail Day

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World Cocktail Day

World Cocktail Day is a global celebration of cocktails; it marks the publication date of the first definition of a cocktail on May 13 in 1806.[1] The New York tabloid The Balance and Columbian Repository defined a cocktail as "a stimulating liquor, composed of [[spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters". It was written by editor Harry Croswell in response to a reader’s inquiry.[2] References "World Cocktail Day". World Cocktail Day. Retrieved 2017-05-03. "A Toast to World Cocktail Day". Bevvy. 2016-05-11. Retrieved 2017-05-03. https://www.diffordsguide.com/cocktails/on-this-day/may/13 https://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/cocktails/world-cocktail-day-amazing-cocktail-recipes-from-across-the-glob/ https://jandbenterprises.co.za/78-cocktail-recipes/

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World Ballet Day

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World Ballet Day

World Ballet Day is an annual celebration of ballet held since 2014 in the first week of October. It is a collaboration between major ballet companies around the world, which stream live video of their behind-the-scenes preparations in their respective timezones. Other companies and schools hold local celebrations. Lead co-producer is the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. The companies which contribute to the live stream are: The Australian Ballet Bolshoi Ballet The Royal Ballet The National Ballet of Canada San Francisco Ballet The Royal Swedish Ballet The date of World Ballet Day since its inception in 2014 has been: 1 October 2014 [1] 1 October 2015 [2] 4 October 2016 [3] 5 October 2017 [4] 2 October 2018 [5] 23 October 2019 [6] References "World Ballet Day to show live action from inside five of the world's leading ballet companies — News — Royal Opera House". Roh.org.uk. Retrieved 5 October 2017. "World Ballet Day 2015 to take place on 1 October — News — Royal Oper

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Atatürk Centennial

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Atatürk Centennial

Atatürk Centennial was declared in 1981 by United Nations and UNESCO. Atatürk is the only person to receive such recognition by UNESCO. The centennial of his birth was honored by the United Nations and UNESCO by declaring it The Atatürk Year in the World and adopting the Resolution on the Atatürk Centennial as follows:[1] “ The General Conference, Convinced that eminent personalities who worked for international understanding, co-operation, and peace, should serve as an example for future generations, Recalling that the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Mustafa Kemal Atatûrk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, will be celebrated in 1981, Bearing in mind that he was an exceptional reformer in all the fields coming within Unesco’s competence, Recognizing in particular that he was the leader of one of the earliest struggles against colonialism and imperialism, Recalling that he set an outstanding example in promoting the spirit of mutual understanding between peoples and lasting peace between the

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Disability History Month

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Disability History Month

Disability History Month is an annual, month-long observance of the history of the disability rights movement, and commemoration of the achievements of disabled people, that occurs in some places. United Kingdom In the United Kingdom, an unofficial Disability History Month is observed by participating individuals and organizations.[1] It was first marked in 2010 and annually scheduled to run from November 22 to December 22.[1] United States Idaho In 2007, legislation enacted in Idaho designated every October as Disability History Month.[2] Massachusetts Chapter 6 of the Massachusetts General Laws directs that the Governor of Massachusetts "shall annually issue a proclamation setting apart the month of October as Disability History Month to increase awareness and understanding of the contributions made by persons with disabilities".[3] Washington In the state of Washington, October is a statutorily designated civic holiday called Disability History Month. The bill establishing the holiday passed the st

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European 112 Day

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European 112 Day

Stuttgart Airport (Germany): Pupils of the music schools Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Schönbuch and Stuttgart are playing the European anthem at the occasion of European 112 Day on February 11, 2014. Edelgard Huber von Gersdorff, 112 years old, was honorary patroness of the campaign "One Europe – one number!", which aims at raising awareness for the European Emergency Number 112. European 112 Day is an international day that is annually held on February 11. It was introduced by the European Union and aims to promote the existence and appropriate use of the Europe-wide emergency number 112. The Europe-wide emergency call In addition to the national emergency telephone numbers, the Europe-wide emergency telephone number 112 was introduced in 1991 in order to make a common emergency call available in every member state of the European Union. Since December 2008, the emergency call services can be reached from all fixed and mobile networks and free of charges with the common telephone number 112. Due to the ris

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List of Quds Day demonstrations

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List of Quds Day demonstrations

This article contains a list of Quds Day demonstrations around world. 1980s On Quds Day 1985, amid the "war of the cities" of the Iran–Iraq War, Iraqi bombers and long-range missiles struck 14 cities, reportedly killing at least 78 people and wounding 326. According to the Islamic Republic News Agency, the sound of the exploding bombs and missiles in Tehran was drowned out by the crowds chanting "War, war until victory 3/8."[1] On Quds Day 1987, held shortly after the outbreak of the First Intifada, effigies of U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Israeli leaders were burned in Iran "as a sign of Moslem nations' revolutionary wrath against Zionism, imperialism and apartheid." In Tehran, President Ali Khamenei said the Palestinians "should resist and fight Zionism. This is the message of the whole Iranian people who chant the 'Death to Israel' slogan."[2] On Quds Day 1989, Iranian parliament speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani said that Palestinians should kill Americans and other Westerners in retaliation for attacks

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International Day of Yoga

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International Day of Yoga

International Yoga day at a glance The International Day of Yoga has been celebrated annually on 21 June since 2015, following its inception in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014.[1] Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice which originated in India.[2] The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in his UN address suggested the date of 21 June, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares a special significance in many parts of the world.[3] The first International Day of Yoga created a record for the largest yoga class, and another for the largest number of participating nationalities. The Day has been criticised in India as a waste of money, and by religious groups as an attempt by India to promote Hinduism through yoga.[4] Origin The idea of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by the current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), on 27 September 2014.[5] He stated:[6] Yoga is an

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List of minor secular observances

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List of minor secular observances

Terminology A national or international awareness day or observance is a date usually set by a major organisation or government to commemorate a public health or ethical cause of importance on a national or international level. An international observance, also known as an international dedication or international anniversary, is a period of time to observe some issue of international interest or concern. This is used to commemorate, promote and mobilize for action. Many of these periods have been established by the United Nations General Assembly (UN), Economic and Social Council, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO),[1] World Health Organization (WHO) and other United Nations bodies including the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Civil Aviat

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World Suicide Prevention Day

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World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is an awareness day observed on 10 September every year, in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world since 2003.[1] The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) collaborates with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) to host World Suicide Prevention Day.[2] In 2011 an estimated 40 countries held awareness events to mark the occasion.[3] According to WHO's Mental health Atlas released in 2014, no low-income country reported having a national suicide prevention strategy, while less than 10% of lower-middle income countries, and almost a third of upper-middle and high-income countries had.[4] On its first event in 2003, the 1999 World Health Organization's global suicide prevention initiative is mentioned with regards to the main strategy for its implementation, requiring:[5] "The organisation of global, regional and national multi-sectoral ac

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Baloch-Pashtun Unity Day

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Baloch-Pashtun Unity Day

Baloch-Pashtun Unity Day (Pashto: بلوڅو او پښتنو د یووالي ورځ‎) is an international day celebrated by Balochis and Pashtuns to express unity and brotherhood to one-another. The day is celebrated yearly on August 31.[1] History The day has been observed since 1949. On August 31, 2015, it was celebrated mainly in Kabul, Afghanistan, where the Baloch leaders who want to liberate Balochistan from Pakistan were invited too.[2] References BALOCH-PAKHTUN UNITY DAY IN KABUL cementing pashtun baluch unity essential

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International Day of Diplomats

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International Day of Diplomats

International Day of Diplomats is celebrated on 24 October every year. The first International Day of Diplomats was celebrated in Brasília on 24th October, 2017 with the participation of diplomats from Bangladesh, France, Ghana, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey.[1] History Diplomats of different countries have their own days to celebrate their National Day of Diplomats. Russian diplomats celebrate February 10 as Russian Diplomats Day[2] while Indian diplomats celebrate October 9 as the Indian Foreign Service Day.[3] Brazil celebrates April 20 as Brazil's Diplomats Day.[4] The idea of celebrating an International Day of Diplomats was proposed by Indian diplomat Abhay K.[5] to remember the diplomats of every country who play a vital role in maintaining world peace. As a result the first International Day of Diplomats was celebrated in Brasilia on 24th October 2017. [1] The Second International Day of Diplomats was celebrated in Brasilia and other capitals with the participation of diploma

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World Computer Literacy Day

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World Computer Literacy Day

World Computer Literacy Day was launched by Indian computer company NIIT to mark its 20th anniversary in 2001, in response to research which suggested that the majority of computer users around the world were men.[1][2][3] It occurs annually on 2 December, and is intended to encourage the development of technological skills, particularly among children[4][5] and women in India.[1] In its own words, it aims to "create awareness and drive digital literacy in underserved communities worldwide".[6] It was originally founded by the NIIT The day is also directed at improving the teaching of Information Technology,[7] and more generally, the "celebration of computers".[8] References Eileen Moore Trauth (30 May 2006). Encyclopedia of gender and information technology. Idea Group Reference. ISBN 978-1-59140-815-4. Documentation on Women, Children, and Human Rights. Sandarbhini, Library and Documentation Centre, All India Association for Christian Higher Education. 2002. https://www.scidev.net/global/digital

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Day for Darfur

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Day for Darfur

Day for Darfur is an international advocacy campaign that works to bring together activists in cities around the globe in calling for action on the crisis in Darfur, western Sudan. The Day for Darfur was originally conceived by a group of NGOs working on Darfur concerned about the slow response of the international community to the crisis. Key participating organisations include Aegis Trust, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Crisis Group, and Save Darfur Coalition. There have been four Days for Darfur called since the first took place on September 17, 2006, each focusing on a call to governments and international bodies.[1][2] First Day for Darfur On September 17, 2006 the Globe for Darfur coalition marked the first anniversary of the signing of the 2005 UN World Summit Outcome Document by holding the first Global Day for Darfur. More than 60 events in 42 cities were held, calling for UN peacekeepers to be deployed to the Darfur region of Sudan to support the chronically understaffed

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Document Freedom Day

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Document Freedom Day

The Document Freedom Day dove Document Freedom Day (DFD) is an annual event to "celebrate and raise awareness of Open Standards".[1] It is celebrated on the last Wednesday of March each year.[2] Document Freedom Day was first celebrated on 26 March 2008, and has continued to be celebrated every year since. Document Freedom Day is organised by a team of volunteers[3] of the Digital Freedom Foundation[4] since 2016. It was previously organised by the Free Software Foundation Europe.[5] DFD is funded by donors and partners which vary from year to year.[6][7] DFD 2013 was the largest ever with 60 events in 30 countries. A year later, in 2014, 51 groups in 22 countries held events celebrating Document Freedom Day.[8] In 2019 it took place on Wednesday 27 March. Relationship to free software Document Freedom Day is a campaign about open standards and document formats, aimed at a non-technical audience. Open standards ensure communication is independent of software vendor; this, in turn, ensures that people "ar

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Culture Freedom Day

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Culture Freedom Day

Logo of the Culture Freedom Day Culture Freedom Day is an observance of free culture. It takes place annually on the third Saturday of May. It aims at educating the worldwide public about the benefits of using and encouraging free culture as well as providing an international day to serve as a platform to promote free culture artists. Free culture The term "free culture" was originally the title of a 2004 book by Lawrence Lessig, considered a founding father of the free culture movement.[1] Free culture movement is dedicated to creating and making available their art, allowing others to freely use, study, distribute and improve on the work of others.[1] Redistribution of those improvements are of course allowed and encouraged.[1] The free culture movement opposes practices such as copyright extensions and attempts at suppressing the 'fair use rights' by the traditional media industry.[1] Celebrations The first observance of the Culture Freedom Day dates to 2012.[2][3][4] It takes place on the third Satur

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International Day Against DRM

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International Day Against DRM

Activists protesting Sony's DRM restrictions in Dhaka on the 2016 Day Against DRM Day Against DRM graffiti in 2006 in Florida. International Day Against DRM (IDAD), sometimes called just Day Against DRM or anti-DRM day, is a grassroots international observance of protests against digital rights management (DRM) technology.[1][2][3][4][5] The event is intended as "a counterpoint to the pro-DRM message broadcast by powerful media and software companies"[3] and aims to draw attention to DRM's anti-consumer aspects.[5] Background International Day Against DRM has been also described as a reaction against the lobbyist-dominated World Intellectual Property Day of the World Intellectual Property Organization, which promotes DRM.[6] World Intellectual Property Day has been criticized by the activists from civil society organizations such as IP Justice and the Electronic Information for Libraries who consider it one-sided propaganda as the marketing materials associated with the event, provided by WIPO, "come ac

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Hardware Freedom Day

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Hardware Freedom Day

Hardware Freedom Day logo Hardware Freedom Day is an annual celebration organized by the Digital Freedom Foundation. The goal of Hardware Freedom Day is to celebrate the spirit of open hardware and make more people aware of using and contributing to free and hardware projects.[1] The first Hardware Freedom Day was held on April 20, 2013.[2] The 2017 date is April 15.[3] Goals To spread awareness about free and open hardware To encourage user contribution To provide a common platform for people passionate about open hardware to share their ideas and interests Schedule Anybody can organize a Hardware Freedom Day event and there is no rigid schedule followed. Digital Freedom Foundation co-ordinates the event at a global level, providing support, giveaways and a centralized collaboration space. However, volunteer teams around the world organize the events by themselves. Some common activities of Hardware Freedom Day events are[4] Workshops on various kinds of open hardware Open hacking competitions

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International Pronouns Day

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International Pronouns Day

International Pronouns Day[1][2] is an annual event that seeks to make sharing and respecting personal pronouns commonplace.[3] It takes place each year on the third Wednesday of October.[4] The first observance was held in 2018, and in that year there were participants from 25 countries in every continent except Antarctica. [5] Twitter hashtags #InternationalPronounsDay and #PronounsDay were used for the 2018 celebrations.[6][7] [8] There are a number of different kinds of pronouns in English and in other languages. International Pronouns Day specifically focuses on referring to third person personal pronouns, which are used to describe a person when you are talking about them. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects trans and gender nonconforming people.[9] Transgender people, especially those whose gender is or is perceived to be outside of the man/woman gender binary, are sometimes harassed and treated with hostility. This is often demonstrated by intentional or repeated use of the

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World Art Nouveau Day

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World Art Nouveau Day

World Art Nouveau Day (WAND) is an event dedicated to art nouveau that is celebrated annually on 10 June.[1] The first World Art Nouveau Day in 2013 was organized by The Museum of Applied Arts (Budapest) (IMM) in cooperation with Szecessziós Magazin (a Hungarian Magazine about Art Nouveau).[2][3][4] The selected date – 10 June – is the anniversary of the death of two famous architects of the movement, Antoni Gaudí and Ödön Lechner. Activities like those organised on World Art Nouveau Day aim to create more awareness of Art Nouveau heritage among the public. The two biggest organisations in Europe coordinating the World Art Nouveau Day activities are the Art Nouveau European Route[5] in Barcelona, and the Réseau Art Nouveau Network (RANN)[6] in Brussels[7]. In 2019 the event was supported by European Heritage Alliance[8]. Links World Art Nouveau Day on Facebook References "June 10th – World Art Nouveau Day". aubg.edu. "World Art Nouveau Day 2018 – Museum of Applied Arts". imm.hu. "World Art Nou

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World Refrigeration Day

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World Refrigeration Day

World Refrigeration Day is an international day established by the World Refrigeration Day Secretariat in Derbyshire, England. Held annually on 26 June, it was created to raise awareness about the importance of refrigeration technologies in everyday life and to raise the profile of the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat-pump sector.[1] The day was chosen to celebrate the birth date of Lord Kelvin on 26 June 1824.[2] History World Refrigeration Day was the idea of refrigeration consultant Stephen Gill, former president of the Institute of Refrigeration in the UK. In October 2018, ASHRAE (The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) pledged support for World Refrigeration Day.[3] In January 2019, ASHRAE awarded Gill it's John F James International Award in Atlanta.[4] In February 2019, the United Nations Environment Programme pledged support at the UNEP national ozone officers meeting in Paris.[5] The inaugural World Refrigeration Day was held on 26 June 2019. Annual t

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World Refugee Day

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World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day, international observance observed June 20 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world. History UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice attending World Refugee Day 2005 activities On 4 December 2000, the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution 55/76 decided that, from 2000, 20 June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day. In this resolution, the General Assembly noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.[1] It is commemorated to honor all refugees, raise awareness and solicit support.[2] African Refugee Day had been formally celebrated in several countries prior to 2000. The UN noted that the Organization of African Unity (OAU) had agreed to have International Refugee Day coincide with Africa Refugee Day on 20 June.[1] In the Roman Catholic Church, the World Day of Migrants and Refugees is celebrated in January each year, ha

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is the 11th day of February, by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on 22 December, 2015.[1] The day recognizes the critical role women and girls play in science and technology.[2][3] The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is implemented by UNESCO and UN Women, in collaboration with intergovernmental agencies and institutions, as well as civil society partners, that aim to promote women and girls in science.[4][5] The day's purpose is to promote full and equal access to participation in science for women and girls.[6][7][8] References "A/RES/70/212 - E - A/RES/70/212". undocs.org. Retrieved 2019-10-25. "International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 11 February". www.un.org. Retrieved 2019-10-25. "International Day of Women and Girls in Science – February 11". Retrieved 2019-10-25. "International Day of Women and Girls in Science". UN Women. Retrieved 2019-10-25. "International Day of Women and Girls in Science"

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European Years

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European Years

Every year, the European Union chooses to address a subject in order to encourage debate and dialogue within and between member states raising the awareness of European citizens to a specific problem.[1] History Beginning in 1983, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have chosen an annual theme of action each year, based on a European Commission proposal. European Years are an awareness campaign to educate European citizens and attract the attention of national governments of Member States to a particular issue, in order to change attitudes and behaviours at both the national and European level.[2] Years Year Name Ref. 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage [3] 2017 None 2016 None 2015 European Year for Development [4] 2014 European Year of Citizens [5] 2013 2012 European Year for Active Ageing [6] 2011 European Year of Volunteering [7] 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion [8] 2009 European Year of Crea

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Valentine's Day in Pakistan

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Valentine's Day in Pakistan

Though Valentine's Day in Pakistan is officially banned, and the Islamist orthodoxy[1] has taken steps to obstruct celebrations, many Pakistanis celebrate the day's festivities.[2][3] In recent years, youth and commercial establishments in Pakistan have supported Valentine's Day festivities and celebrating romantic friendship and love, as noted by journalists Asif Shahzad and Andrew Roche and Safia Bano, a philosophy lecturer. They note that youth in the country, where 60 percent of the population is below age 30 and half are under 18, are influenced more by global trends than traditions.[2][4] Valentine's Day serves annually as a flash point of the culture war in Pakistan.[5] Diaa Hadid says that it is a cause célèbre for religious hard-liners, affording conservatives a chance assert themselves as the caretakers of Islamic identity.[6] On the other hand, with or without the moral policing, couples are finding ways to defy the ban and celebrate the event,[7][8] supported by merchants who can increase their pr

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