Showing posts with label international days. Show all posts
Showing posts with label international days. Show all posts

World Refugee Day- June 20

International Refugee Day is celebrated every year on June 20 by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the plight of millions of refugees around the world, who have been forced to flee their homes to safer countries.

The Refugee Convention states that a refugee is someone who has a well-founded fear of persecution on the basis of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or belonging to a particular social group (a certain social group is a somewhat vague category but in most countries of the world women are included).

Some facts about the situation of the right refugees today (from the Amnesty International website)

There are 25.9 million refugees in the world - the highest number ever recorded.
Half of the refugees in the world are children.

A third of the refugees - 6.7 million people - have found refuge in the world's poorest countries.
About 1.4 million refugees are at particular risk of violence and are particularly vulnerable and urgently need resettlement on a regular basis. But of those, only 92,400 refugees were resettled in 2018, less than 7% in need.

In 2018 there were 1.1 million new refugees, most of whom fled the conflict in Syria, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Violence, insecurity, persecution and shortages of food, medicine and other necessities, have motivated millions of Venezuelans to leave their country. In the first five months of 2019, some 4 million Venezuelans left their homes in one of the biggest crises in the world. More than 460,000 Venezuelans have sought refuge but so far only a small proportion - some 21,000 - have been recognized as refugees.

Many rich countries continue to establish policies that will deter people seeking asylum in them. At the same time, they transfer the responsibility to neighboring countries that will protect the people fleeing for their lives. This limited and short-sighted policy forces women, men and children to embark on dangerous journeys on foot and by sea and endanger their lives and be exposed to human rights violations.
Refugee boat

The 10 countries that received the most refugees are: Turkey (3.7 million), Iran (979,000 refugees), Pakistan (1.4 million refugees), Bangladesh (906,000 refugees), Ethiopia (921,000 refugees), Uganda (1.1 million refugees), Jordan (2.9 million) Refugees), Sudan (908,700 refugees), Lebanon (1.4 million refugees) and Germany (1 million refugees).

The richest countries in the world are not doing nearly enough to fund the cost of protecting the people who have left everything behind. Referrals for humanitarian aid to refugees are consistently - and often - unfunded.

In conclusion, the world urgently needs a new global program based on genuine international cooperation and meaningful and fair sharing of responsibility.

June 20 is also Vanilla Milkshake Day

International Mother Language Day- February 21

International Mother Language Day, February 21, was proclaimed by UNESCO in 1999 as an international observance of the Multilinguality and cultural diversity in our society. 
The day commemorates the event that occurred in Dhaka (capital of present-day Bangaladesh) on that date in 1952, when several university students were shot to death by police while protesting for the recognition of their native language, Bengali, as one of the two national languages of East Pakistan. 
Beside the commemoration of the event, the day is observed in order to promote the respect for other peoples' cultures and languages, the importance of tolerance toward people with different customs and lack of mastery in the local language, and the preservation of languages in danger of extinction.

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.- Nelson Mandela

Antarctica Day - December 1

Antarctica is the coldest, driest, most glacial, most turbulent, southernmost and least diverse range of animals on earth.
The site Our Spaces from the Foundation for the Good Governance of International Spaces created Antarctica Day, the special day for the neutral continent that no one lives in but many countries are constantly exploring, on December 1, in honor of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty before 60 years on this date.
Where is Antarctica? View map:
The Antarctic Treaty (or Alliance) opened with the accession of states on December 1, 1959 and officially entered into force on June 23, 1961. The 12 countries that were active in Antarctica in the previous year first joined the Alliance: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile, France, Japan, India, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States. These countries have established more than 50 research stations in Antarctica during the year. The Convention gave diplomatic expression to the scientific and operational cooperation established between the countries active on the continent. After that, many more countries joined, but Israel was not among them. The Convention is intended to preserve the environment of Antarctica and to establish the legal laws that will apply to the place in accordance with the citizens of the countries that are in it at that given time.

Here are some fascinating details about the southernmost continent on Earth:
Antarctica is the coldest place on earth. The lowest temperature measured was 128 degrees Fahrenheit (89 degrees Celsius).

Antarctica is the driest place in the world - the amount of precipitation on the continent is the lowest in the world - less than 100 mm per year, so it is also the largest desert on the planet. The little precipitation that falls in it is in the form of snow. The place is dry and has almost no moisture.
Antarctica is the stormiest place - the winds reach a speed of 320 km / h.

The Antarctic continent is the place with the largest mass of ice in the world. 99% of the continent is covered in ice.

The average thickness of the glacier in Antarctica is about a kilometer! Most of the fresh water ice (90%) and most of the fresh water (70%) are here.

In Antarctica, humans have never lived permanently, but people have traveled there for various reasons over the years: scientists, whalers and even tourists. People nowadays need to get a research base job to travel to Antarctica. To get around the continent, people use huge snow carriages.
Want to visit Antarctica? You can travel to Isla Rey Jorge, which is about 120 km off the coast of Antarctica. In the summer season it has very limited tourism. On the island you can see the southernmost lighthouse in the world and meet some more animals like elephants, seals , Leopard Seal, Adele penguin, chin-striped penguin and white-eared penguin. Several species of seabirds nest on the island during the summer, including hummingbirds, and giant stormtroopers (Photo source: Instagram)

Most of the creatures that live in Antarctica are in the water that surrounds the continent, and spend little time on the beaches. There are among them 8 species of penguins, 7 species of seals and other marine predators and some invertebrates. Flying birds nest on the lighter shores of the Antarctic Peninsula and the southern Shetland Islands, where some more unique plants grow and live more small invertebrates.

The tiny creatures that live in Antarctica are: terrestrial mollusks, wingless flies, water bears, earthworms, micro-invertebrates such as nematodes and rollerblades, snow algae, resurrected bacteria after long periods (centuries) of freezing, about 1,150 microscopic species of Mushrooms, plankton, mosses and lichens.

There is a law for the protection of Antarctica that restricts American activity on the continent to preserve its unique fauna (animal population) and surrounding areas. Non-native animal or plant species may not be introduced to Antarctica, which may upset the ecological balance and exclude native species from it.

In 1980, the Antarctic Convention on the Conservation of Marine Resources came into force, aimed at maintaining a normal level of fishing in the region and preventing species extinction. Despite this, humans are still harming the Antarctic ecosystem by uncontrolled and illegal fishing.
The Imperial Penguin is one of the species of penguins that live in Antarctica  

The only two civilian settlements on the continent are small towns belonging to Chile and Argentina: Chile has Villa Las Astrales where families of Chilean Air Force and continental explorers live, and Argentina has the Esperanza base, the base of hope where the explorers' families live and there It even has a school and radio broadcasts.
Some countries have Antarctic airports that use ice and snow for their runways.

An American plane lands in Antarctica and is greeted by penguins.  
In honor of the new year, there is an annual concert called Icestock, and it is hosted at McMardo Station. In 2013, the band Metallica performed at a concert, making it the only band in the world to perform on all 7 continents.
Metallica performs in Antarctica (Source: YouTube

Every year in November the Antarctic Ice Marathon is held where a marathon in snow and ice runs a 42 km track. Another race that takes place in Antarctica is the Ultra 100K Race.

The north of the earth has the northern lights, Antarctica in the south has the aurora (Aurora Australis).

In 2014 two anonymous researchers found Tinder's first match in Antarctica, but scheduling issues prevented them from dating.

Antarctica is considered one of the best places to find meteorites as the dry and cold climate helps preserve them.

So what do you say? Would you like to travel to Antarctica?

December 1st is also World AIDS Day

International Dog Day – August 26

International Dog Day is dedicated to all dogs throughout the globe, be they thoroughbred or mixed, miniature, medium sized or gigantic, hairy or bald, you name it. The goal of this day is to remind us how important it is to take good care of our four-legged barking fellow creatures, the best friends we have. Specifically, the day is aimed to raise awareness to the need to adopt dogs, to treat them with kindness and respect and to take the opportunity from time to time as on this special day to spoil them with a warmhearted treat such as a juicy bone.

On the occasion of International Dog Day here are some facts that you may or may not already know: Humans and dogs became best friends forever (BFF) no less than 30,000 years ago. 

According to the Guinness Book of World records, the oldest dog on Earth passed away in 1939 at the age of 29. 

The chances for a guy to talk a gal into disclosing her phone number increase threefold if he has a dog at his side. 

A dog can have any of 13 types of blood whereas a horse, a cow and a human being can have any of 8, 9 and 4 blood types respectively (human blood types are A, B, AB and O). 

99.9% of a dog's mitochondrial DNA is identical to that of the gray wolf. 

In English speaking countries, the most common names given to baby dogs in 2015 were Max for males and Bella for females . 

Dogs have a sense of smell that is 10,000 times more sensitive than that of humans. 

Dogs and cats perspire only through their paw pads and the skin of their noses. 

The song "A Day in Life" that was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney features a section for whistle that only dogs can hear. 

In South Carolina the maximal penalty for beating your dog exceeds the maximal penalty for beating your wife. 

Humans and dogs are the only species that are known to seek visual gestures as expressed by the eyes that meet their gaze. 
Dogs can do it only in the face of humans. 

The first cloned dogs, six Canadian Labradors, were recruited into the South Korean customs services as sniffer dogs in 2009. 

The Nazis tried to teach dogs to read and talk. 

Fido, Abe Lincoln's pet dog, was also assassinated.

The plot of John Wick, a Hollywood blockbusting thriller, is centered about the revenge of the hero, played by Keanu Reeves, against a criminal gang that were involved in the murder of his pet Beagle puppy, Daisy. 

It is widely claimed in the Internet that dogs orient themselves along the earth's magnetic field when they poop. Such claims are said to be backed up by leading scientists. So, if you happen to see a dog defecating in the wrong direction, consider that as an inexcusable disrespect toward long years of strenuous research. WTS!

Kissing day- July 6

International Kissing Day began to take place on July 6 in the UK but since many countries have adopted it and it has become the day of international kisses.

The purpose of the day of kissing is to make us appreciate the kiss in its own right. On this day we do not have to do much, just kiss someone (with permission of course). 

The kiss exists in all familiar cultures and each kiss has a different meaning. There is a friendly kiss, a romantic kiss, a kiss fluttering on the cheek or a gentlemanly kiss on the back of the hand.

In different parts of the world there are competitions of the longest kiss.

In honor of World Kissing Day, get some facts that (perhaps) you didn't know about the kisses:

A kiss for a minute burns 2 calories.

When two people kiss French, they exchange between 10 million and one billion bacteria.

If you want to avoid catching the flu, a kiss is more sterile than a handshake.

Kisses can cause tooth decay.

The longest kiss ever recorded lasted 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds.

The science and study of kisses is called philatology.

The scientific name of a French kiss is Cataglotism.

The first time two men kissed on the screen was in 1927, in the movie "Wings."

The average person spends two weeks of his or her life (total cumulative) with kisses.

Two-thirds of people bend their heads to the right as they kiss.

Happy Kissing day greeting cards

Veterans Day in the United States - November 11th

Veterans Day is a holiday celebrated on November 11 each year in all states of the United States, as a day of honor for all war veterans who have served in the United States Army.

Veterans Day is not a day of remembrance, as it pays homage to all those who served in the U.S. Army, the living and the dead.

Veterans Day has become a federal national holiday since 1938. On this day all government non-essential agencies and many schools are closed during the day. Processions and ceremonies are held throughout the country and many businesses honor the veterans.

The national ceremony is held annually at Arlington National Cemetery, where the President speaks in honor of the veterans. Most major cities like New York, San Diego and Dallas have a Veterans Day parade. At many events, such as the church and football games, the veterans are asked to stand and then the audience honors them with applause. Many people wave the US flag on this day to show their patriotism and support for the military. At 11:00 am a minute of silence is observed to remember those who died during their military service. If you meet an army veteran or soldier on Veterans Day, be sure to thank them personally for their service.

The history of Veterans Day

At 11:00 a.m. on November 11, 1918, a temporary peace treaty, or armistice, was signed, and fighting during World War I came to an end. A year later, President Woodrow Wilson announced that November 11 would be called United States Armistice Day. In 1938 the Armistice Day became a national federal holiday. It was a day dedicated to world peace and held in honor of World War I veterans. In 1954 Congress decided to change the day to Veterans Day, because of the desire to honor veterans of all wars including World War II and the Korean War. In 1968 the day was moved to the fourth Monday of November. However, it was later changed to November 11, 1978 by President Gerald Ford.

Interesting facts about Veterans Day

The armistice in World War I was signed at 11 a.m. on the 11th of the 11th month.

In 2010, there were approximately 21.8 million discharged soldiers in the United States. There are about 9 million discharged soldiers over the age of 65. About 1.6 million discharged soldiers are women.

General George S. Patton, the famous World War II general, was born on November 11th.

November 11 is also Singles' Day and Origami Day

International Pillow Fight Day - First Saturday in April

The International Pillow Fight day takes place one day a year, on the first Saturday in April, in the United States and across Europe, in places that are announced on social media.
To know exactly when and where there are pillow war battlefields, here is a list of places where the war takes place: Facebook

Image source: Instagram
The World Pillow Fight day was created by the Urban Playground Movement with the aim of returning public space to the public enjoyment and overthrowing the paradigm that entertainment is dominated by branded companies that provide sponsorships. The movement also organizes parties at U.S. subway stations.
Dozens of cities around the world are taking part in the pillow fight: London (Trafalgar Square), Barcelona (Plaça Catalunya), Bilbao in Spain, Central Glyn in the Netherlands, Oulu in Finland, Vienna in Austria, New York (Washington Square) and more. So if you get there that day, do not forget to bring a pillow. And if not, you can also organize your spontaneous pillow fight in the town square where you live or in another public place.

Unfortunately in 2020 the pillow war did not take place because of the corona pandemic, but we hope that in April 2021 it will be able to take place again.
When will the pillow fights take place in the coming years?

2021- Saturday, April 3rd
2022- Saturday, April 2nd
2023- Saturday, April 1st
2024- Saturday, April 6th
2025- Saturday, April 5th
2026- Saturday, April 4th
2027- Saturday, April 3rd
2028- Saturday, April 1st
2029- Saturday, April 7th
Pillow Fight in London, 2018 (Source)
Pillow Fight in Stuttgart, Germany 2018 (Source)

The first Saturday in April is also Love Our Children Day

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