India is a diverse land. It has a mixed culture of eastern values and western freedom. The people of India celebrate various events and festivals. So do the people all around the world. The month of September is full of them.
The month of September is itself a diverse one. One finds it marked with various events from the very first to the last. This month is associated with Vulcan, the Roman god of Fire. The name September comes from the Latin word septem which means ‘seven’. It is the seventh month of the ancient Roman calendar.
This is the ninth month of the year and has nine letters. People celebrate various events throughout this month. The important dates and days which can be used for general knowledge are given below.
National Nutrition Week is celebrated from the 1st of September to the 7th of September. It provides knowledge to people about the importance of nutrition and its importance for the better health of the human body.
2nd September is World Coconut Day:
It helps people realize the importance of this crop in the reduction of poverty. It also celebrates the formation of the Asian Pacific Coconut Community (APCC) on this day.
3rd September is Skyscraper Day:
People all over the world observe it to celebrate the construction of the very tall buildings that define a city’s skyline. It marks the ability of a man to create such an industrial masterpiece.
The International Day of Charity is on 5th September:
The general public celebrates this day to remove poverty in all its forms and dimensions. This would help a country to achieve certain goals.
5th September is Teacher’s Day:
Only the people of India celebrate it. It marks the birth anniversary of India’s second president Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan. On this day, there are many cultural programs in all the schools to appreciate the efforts of the teachers in shaping a child’s individualism.
7th September is Brazilian Independence Day:
It celebrates the birth of the nation. On this very day in 1822, Brazil got its independence from the Portuguese. Although in 1889, the country ended up with a monarchical system and became a republic, it still kept 7th September as its Independence Day.
World Physical Therapy Day is on 8th September every year:
On this day, physical therapists from all around the world raise awareness about the importance of this profession. They bring out the points that this profession has in improving the health and well-being of the people.
10th September is celebrated as World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD):
The World Health Organization co-sponsors this day. The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) organizes this. People celebrate it to raise awareness about suicide and help in its prevention all around the world.
11th September has some historical significance:
On this day in 1730, over 360 people of the Bishnoi tribe led by Amrita Devi objected to the cutting of trees. As a result of their protests for saving trees, the king ordered them to die in Khejarli, Rajasthan. Because of this, people chose this day as National Forest Martyrs Day.
14th September is World First Aid Day.
People celebrate it so that others can be made aware of the fact the first aid can help save lives during times of crisis. According to the International Federation, first aid should be available to all people and be an important constituent of developmental societies. However, in India, it has another significance as well. People celebrate it as Hindi Diwas. On this day, the Constituent Assembly of India had adopted Hindi written in Devanagri script in 1949 as the official language of India.
Internationally, the International Day of Democracy is on 15th September:
It helps to remind people that democracy is about people. This day helps people realize the effectiveness of Human Rights. Nationally, it is Engineer’s Day. People celebrate it every year to mark the tribute to the Indian Engineer Bharat Ratna Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya.
On 16th September, Malaysia celebrates Malaysia Day:
People also call it ‘Hari Malaysia’. On this day in 1963, the former British colony of Singapore and the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak joined the Federation of Malaya to form the Malaysian Federation. However, internationally, World Ozone Day falls on this date. The Montreal Protocol was signed on this day in 1987. The United Nations General Assembly was established this day. It reminds people about the depletion of the Ozone Layer and encourages them to find a solution to it.
World Patient Safety Day is celebrated on 17th September:
The 72nd World Health Assembly established it in May 2019. It followed the adoption of resolution WHA72.6 on ‘Global action on patient safety.
18th September is celebrated as World Bamboo Day:
To increase awareness about bamboo globally. In 2021, this day is celebrated as International Red Panda Day. People usually observe it on the third Saturday of September month. This year, it falls on 18th September. People celebrate this day to raise awareness about the urgent need to conserve red pandas.
International Talk Like a Pirate Day on 19th September:
Pirate Day is celebrated every year on 19th September. It encourages people to dress and talk like the sea pirates of yesteryears.
21st September is the International Day of Peace (UN):
People observed it for the first time in 1982. In 2001, the General Assembly adopted a resolution 55/282 saying that 21st September is International Day of Peace of non-violence and cease-fire. This day is also World Alzheimer’s Day. It helps in raising awareness about the challenges a patient faces due to dementia.
22nd September is observed as World Rose Day
It marks the hope for cancer patients that this dreaded disease is curable. It is celebrated in memory of 12-year-old Melinda Rose of Canada. She had a rare type of blood cancer, but did not give up hope. This day is also a World Rhino Day. It is observed every year to raise awareness and build a safe, natural habitat for this ingenious species.
23rd September as the International Day of Sign Languages:
The UN General Assembly announced 23rd September as the International Day of Sign Languages. This day is celebrated to support and protect the linguistic identity and cultural diversity of all deaf people and others who use sign language.
Antyodaya Diwas is celebrated on 25th September nationally
It was declared in 2014 to honor the 98th Birth Anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya. In 2009, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Congress of Istanbul and Turkey declared this day as the annual World Pharmacists Day (WPD). It has been celebrated since then.
26th September is celebrated both as European Day of Languages and World Contraception Day:
The first is celebrated to promote awareness among the people about the importance of language learning and protecting the heritage of the language. The second is observed as a global campaign to let people know about contraceptive methods available. It enables young people to make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. This day has been declared by the International Federation of Environmental Health as World Environmental Health Day. Surprisingly, World Rivers Day, which is celebrated on the last Sunday of September falls on 26th September in 2021. It highlights the importance of rivers and declares that it is necessary to care for our water resources.
27th September World Tourism Day:
World Tourism Day is celebrated annually on 27th September to mark the importance of tourism. It says that tourism helps build a future for millions of people around the world.
28th September is observed as World Rabies Day:
It helps people prevent this disease and highlights the progress made worldwide for defeating this horrific disease. This day is also International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUIA) and focuses on the right to receive, seek as well as impart information.
World Heart Day on 29th September:
World Heart Day is observed every year on 29th September. It informs people about the most common and leading causes of death- heart diseases and stroke.
30th September is International Translation Day:
It provides people an opportunity to pay tribute to the work of language professionals. It brings the nations together and strengthens world security and peace.