List of Important National & International Days (Month-Wise) with Theme 2018-19

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Important Dates and Days of August 2018

Name Date Theme / Other Details
World Breastfeeding Week 1-7 Aug An annual celebration, organized by WABA, WHO and UNICEF and held every year in more than 120 countries.
Hiroshima Day 6 Aug Hiroshima Day commemorates 6 August 1945, the day when atomic bomb (Little Boy) was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
76th Quit India Movement Day 9 Aug A movement launched at the Bombay session of the All-India Congress Committee by Mahatma Gandhi on 8 August 1942, during World War II, demanding an end to British Rule of India.
Nagasaki Day 9 Aug Nagasaki Day commemorates 9 August 1945, the day when atomic bomb (Fat Man) was dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki.
International Youth Day 12 Aug Safe Spaces for Youth
Designated by UN, the purpose of the day is to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth.
72nd Indian Independence Day 15 Aug To commemorate the nation’s independence from the United Kingdom on 15 August 1947.
World Humanitarian Day 19 Aug #NotATarget
A day dedicated recognizing humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes.
World Senior Citizen’s Day 21 Aug Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.
To increase awareness of the factors and issues that affect older adults, such as age deterioration and the study of problems that affect their lives, elder abuse.
National Sports Day 29 Aug The day marks the birthday of Major Dhyan Chand Singh, the hockey player who won gold medals in Olympics for India in the years 1928, 1932 and 1936. He scored over 400 goals in his career, from 1926 to 1948.

Important Dates and Days of September 2018

Name Date Theme / Other Details
Teachers’ Day 5 Sep Celebrated every year throughout India in memory of Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan (2nd POI) on his birthday.
International Literacy Day 8 Sep Literacy and skills development
Aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies.
Hindi Diwas 14 Sep An annual day to celebrate the popularity of Hindi as an official language of India.
International Day of Democracy 15 Sep Democracy under Strain: Solutions for a Changing World
Observed by UN to promote and uphold the principles of democracy and to raise public awareness.
Engineer’s Day 15 Sep Engineering Challenges for Knowledge Era
To tribute the greatest Indian Engineer Bharat Ratna Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya.
International Day of Peace 21 Sep The Right to Peace: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70
Dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access.
World Tourism Day 27 Sep Tourism and the Digital Transformation
The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.
World Maritime Day 27 Sep IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future
To address the current and future challenges for maritime transport to maintain a continued and strengthened contribution towards sustainable growth for all.
World Heart Day 29 Sep My heart, your heart.
A global campaign during which individuals, families, communities and governments around the world participate in activities to take charge of their heart health and that of others.

Important Dates and Days of October 2018

Name Date Theme / Other Details
Gandhi Jayanti / Int’l Day of Non-Violence 2 Oct A worldwide festival celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi born 2 October 1869.
World Animal Day 4 Oct An international day of action for animal rights and welfare celebrated annually on the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
86th Indian Air Force Day 8 Oct To commemorate the official foundation day of the force.
World Post Day 9 Oct To commemorate the anniversary of the Universal Postal Union, which started in 1874 in Switzerland.
World Sight Day 10 Oct Eye Care Everywhere
A global event meant to draw attention on blindness and vision impairment.
International Day of the Girl Child 11 Oct With Her: A Skilled Girl Force
To support more opportunity for girls and increases awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender.
World Students’ Day 15 Oct World Students’ Day is an Indian holiday marking the birthday of A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.
World Development Information Day, UN Day 24 Oct To draw the attention of world public-opinion each year to development problems and the necessity of strengthening international co-operation to solve them. / Devoted to making known to people of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations Organization.
National Unity Day 31 Oct The intent is to pay tribute to Vallabhbhai Patel, who was instrumental in keeping India united.

Important Dates and Days of November 2018

Name Date Theme / Other Details
World Tsunami Awareness Day 5 Nov The day is observed to raise tsunami awareness and share innovative approaches to risk reduction.
National Cancer Awareness Day 7 Nov Observed to stress upon the early detection and cure of cancer.
National Education Day 11 Nov An annual observance in India to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (1st education minister of independent India).
Children’s Day 14 Nov Celebrated across India on the birthday of Jawaharlal Nehru, to increase awareness of the rights, care and education of children.
World Diabetes Day 14 Nov The Family and Diabetes – diabetes concerns every family
Led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), it’s the primary global awareness campaign focusing on diabetes mellitus.

Important Dates and Days of December 2018

Name Date Theme / Other Details
World AIDS Day 1 Dec Know Your Status
Commemorated every year from 1988, to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.
Navy Day 4 Dec Indian Navy, Mission-deployed and Combat-ready
To commemorate the courageous attack on the Karachi harbor during the Indo-Pakistan war (on 4 December 1971) by the Indian Naval Missile boats as well as to reverence all the martyrs of that war.
Int’l Civil Aviation Day 7 Dec Working Together to Ensure No Country is left Behind
To recognize the importance of aviation, especially international air travel, to the social and economic development of the world.
Int’l Anti-Curruption Day 9 Dec Together, We Are United Against Corruption
Observed annually, on 9 Dec, since the passage of the UN Convention Against Corruption on 31 October 2003 to raise public awareness for anti-corruption.
Human Rights Day 10 Dec Stand up for the human rights
The date was chosen to honour the UN General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the first global enunciation of human rights and one of the first major achievements of the new UN.
World Energy Conservation Day 14 Dec To highlight the importance of energy consumption and its use in our day-to-day life, its scarcity and its impact on sustainability of global eco systems.
Vijay Diwas 16 Dec Commemorated every year to mark the military victory over Pakistan in 1971 during the war for the independence of Bangladesh from Pakistan.
Minorities Rights Day 18 Dec To promote and preserve the rights of people belonging to linguistic, religion, castes and color minority.
National Mathematics Day 22 Dec Commemorated since 2012 (125th birth anniversary of the Indian mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan (22 Dec 1887- 26 Apr 1920)). The year 2012 is also celebrated as National Mathematics Year.
National Farmers’ Day 23 Dec Observed on 23rd December every year in the honor of the former PM Chaudhary Charan Singh.
National Consumer Day 24 Dec Timely Disposal of Consumer Complaints
On this day the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 had received the assent of the president. The enactment of this Act is considered as a historic milestone in the consumer movement in the country.
Xmas/Good Governance Day 25 Dec Celebrated throughout the world, to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. / Established in 2014, to honor PM Vajpayee, by fostering awareness among the Indian people of accountability in government.

Important Dates and Days of January 2019

Name Date Theme / Other Details
World Braille Day 4 Jan To raise awareness of the importance of braille as a means of communication in the full realization of the human rights for blind and partially sighted people. The first official World Braille Day is celebrated on 4 January 2019.
NRI Day 9 Jan Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India
Observed by MEA to remember the favors and contributions made by NRIs to the welfare and development of the nation.
World Hindi Day 10 Jan Observed every year to promote the greatness of the Hindi language. Hindi is India’s official language and is spoken by more than 250 million people across the World.
National Youth Day 12 Jan Observed on the birthday of Swami Vivekananda.
Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti 13 Jan Birthday celebration of Guru Gobind Singh.
Army Day (India) 15 Jan The transfer of power of the army in the hands of an Indian citizen on 15 January is marked as Army day in the country.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti 23 Jan Birth anniversary of Subhash Chandra Bose
National Girl Child Day 24 Jan Empowering Girls for a Brighter Tomorrow
National Voters Day 25 Jan No Voter to be left behind
National Tourism Day 25 Jan Observed every year to raise awareness of the importance of tourism for the country’s economy.
International Customs Day 26 Jan SMART borders for seamless Trade, Travel and Transport.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day Last Sun (27 Jan) Holocaust Remembrance: Demand and Defend Your Human Rights.
Martyrs Day 30 Jan Martyr’s Day or Shaeed Diwas every year in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi and sacrifice of three revolutionaries of India. The date marks the assassination of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi Ji in 1948, by Nathuram Godse.
World Leprosy Day 30 Jan Ending discrimination, stigma and prejudice

Important Dates and Days of February 2019

Name Date Theme / Other Details
World Wetlands Day 2 Feb Wetlands and Climate Change
Established to raise awareness about the value of wetlands for humanity and the planet.
World Cancer Day 4 Feb I am and I will
To raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.
National Road Safety Week 4-10 Feb Sadak Suraksha-Jeevan Raksha
The aim is to raise public awareness about traffic rules and ultimately to reduce casualties due to road accidents.
International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation 6 Feb A United Nations-sponsored annual awareness day that takes place on February 6 as part of the UN’s efforts to eradicate female genital mutilation.
World Radio Day 13 Feb To celebrate radio as a medium.
National Women’s Day (India) 13 Feb Observed on 13 February 2014 in memory of India’s first women governor Sarojini Naidu.
World Day of Social Justice 20 Feb To recognise the need to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion and unemployment.
International Mother Language Day 21 Feb Indigenous languages as a factor in development, peace and reconciliation
To promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and promote multilingualism.
National Science Day 28 Feb Science for the People, and People for the Science
Celebrated in India on 28 February each year to mark the discovery of the Raman effect by Indian physicist Sir C. V. Raman on 28 February 1928.

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