November is the second last month of the year. It is the eleventh month and consists of very important days. These days are celebrated both nationally and internationally. It is the month of Kartik according to the Hindu calendar and is considered auspicious. India is rich in cultures and values. It is also a country of a distinct geographical entity. Here is a glimpse into the various important days and dates in the month of November.
World Vegan Day and Kannada Day
People celebrate 1st November as World Vegan Day. This day is to raise awareness about the benefits of a vegan diet and veganism in general. It was first celebrated in 1994 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the UK Vegan Society. This day is also celebrated as All Saint’s Day in order to praise all the saints. This is also Rajyotsava Day or Karnataka Formation Day. This day is also known as Kannada Day or Karnataka Day.
We must keep in mind that the entire month of November is observed as No-Shave November. It is to raise cancer awareness by not cutting or shaving men’s facial hair for the entire month of November.
All Souls’ Day and Melbourne Cup day
2nd November is All Souls’ Day. It is hosted in order to honor the dead souls. In Rome, this day is celebrated in memory of those souls who have departed and are believed to be in purgatory. This is because they died with the guilt of lesser sins on their souls. It is also Melbourne Cup Day which is known for one of the most famous horse races in the world. This day also celebrates Parumala Perunnal in Kerela, the evergreen state of India.
This year in 2021, Diwali falls on 4th November. It is a five-day festival that begins on Dhanteras and ends on Bhai Dooj. The new moon day or Amavasya is the most important day of the five days of Diwali.
World Tsunami Day
5th November is World Tsunami Awareness Day. People observe this day to highlight the dangers of tsunami and to focus on the importance of early warning systems. This helps minimize the damage caused due to natural hazards. It also provides people with traditional knowledge about tsunamis. It is also the death day of Bhupen Hazarika who was a poet, music composer, journalist, actor, and filmmaker. He died on 5th November in Mumbai in 2011. On this day, the Indian captain Virat Kohli was also born in Delhi in the year 1988.
International Day for Preventing the exploitation of the Environment
The UNGA declared 6th November as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.
Infant Protection Day
7th November is Infant Protection Day. People observe this day to protect, promote and develop infants as they are the future of the world. This day is also National Cancer Awareness Day to spread awareness about cancer and make it a global health priority. It was started in 2014 by former Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan. It is also the birthday of Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman who was the first Indian to receive a Noble Prize in Physics in 1930. 8th November is L.K. Advani’s birthday. He was the founding member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and deputy PM of India from 2002-2004.
Iqbal Day and Uttarakhand Foundation Day
9th November is celebrated by the Pakistanis as Iqbal Day because the great man was born on that day. He played a great role in the Pakistan movement. People also observe this day as Legal Services Day to raise awareness among the people where Legal Literacy is lacking. On this day, Uttarakhand was also established. This year is the 19th Uttarakhand Foundation Day was celebrated. It is famous as the “Land of Gods” or “Dev-Bhumi”.
World Science for Peace and Development
10th November observes World Science for Peace and Development to highlight the important role of science in society. It also focuses on the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues.
Armistice Day and National Education Day
Armistice Day is observed on 11th November. It is also known as Laemistice de la Premiere Guerre Mondiale in France. This day is observed in the commemoration of the end of World War I. Some countries also call it Remembrance Day. This day is also National Education Day. People observe this day on 11th November annually to celebrate the birth anniversary of India’s first Education Minister who was Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
World Pneumonia Day
World Pneumonia Day is observed on 12th November to raise awareness about Pneumonia and its prevention. It is the world’s leading infectious disease. Due to this disease, children below 5 years are more affected. People celebrate World Kindness Day on 13th November. This day gives us an opportunity to reflect and follow the most important and unique human principles.
World Diabetes Day and Children’s Day
World Diabetes Day is observed on 14th November to raise awareness about the impact of diabetes disease, and its prevention. India celebrates Children’s Day on 14th November. This day is also known as Bal Divas. It increases awareness in people about the rights, and education of children. This day commemorates the birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru.
Jharkhand Foundation Day
15th November is Jharkhand Foundation Day. This was recognized as the 28th state of India in 2000 on this date.
International Day for Tolerance
International Day for Tolerance is observed on 16th November. This is done to raise awareness about strengthening tolerance by encouraging mutual understanding among people and cultures.
National Epilepsy Day and World COPD Day
People observe National Epilepsy Day on 17th November to focus on the epilepsy disease, its symptoms, and prevention. This disease can affect people of any age and has unique symptoms. World COPD Day is observed on 17th November too.
International Men’s Day and World Toilet Day
The men of the world celebrate International Men’s Day on 19th November. This day highlights all the issues faced by men globally. This day is also celebrated as World Toilet Day. It is done annually to inspire people about tackling the issue of the global sanitation crisis. It is also done to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6. This promises sanitation for all by 2030.
Universal Children’s Day and Africa Industrialisation Day
Just like in India, Universal Children’s Day is observed on 20th November every year to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide. It is also celebrated to improve children’s welfare. It was established in 1954. On this day, Africa Industrialisation Day is celebrated too. It is done to raise worldwide awareness about the problems and challenges of industrialization in Africa. This day too draws attention to the governments and other organizations in several African countries. This is done in order to examine ways to stimulate the industrialization process of Africa.
World Television Day
People all around the world celebrate World Television Day on 21st November every year. According to the UN, this day highlights the major role that television plays in daily life. It actually does so by presenting different issues that affect people. UN General Assembly on 17 December 1996 decided that people all around the world will celebrate 21st November as World Television Day. World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is observed on this day too. It highlights the number of annual road traffic deaths. They have increased from what they were beforehand. Road traffic incidents are the main killers of people aged 5-29 years.
International Day for the elimination of violence against women
International Day for the elimination of violence against women is a day that was established by the UN General Assembly in 1993. It is celebrated on 25th November. It defines violence against women as an act of gender-based violence. It may result in physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats, etc.
Indian Constitution Day
26th November is Constitution Day for India. It is also known as Samvidhan Divas. On this day, the Constituent Assembly of India adopted the Constitution of India.
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
The General Assembly in 1977 adopted the resolution 32/40 B and declared 29 November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. On this day, the Assembly adopted resolution 181 (II) on the partition of Palestine in 1947.
ST. Andrew’s Day
And lastly, 30th November celebrates St. Andrew’s Day in Scotland every year.