Important Dates and Days Current Affairs in December 2020
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Important Dates & Days Current Affairs December 2020
|27th December, 2020|
International Day of Epidemic Preparedness
The first ever International Day of Epidemic Preparedness was observed on December 27 by the United Nations to advocate the importance of Global Partnership against epidemics. The United Nations General Assembly called all nations to observe this day in accordance with national contexts and priorities through awareness raising activities. According to the UN, The International Day of Epidemic Preparedness promotes international awareness and action on the prevention of, preparedness for and partnership against epidemics.
|25th December, 2020|
Christmas ( The Feast of the Nativity)
December 25 is celebrated as Christmas Day every year among billions of people to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas Day is public holiday in many countries and is celebrated as religious as well as cultural festival. Although, the birthdate of Jesus Christ is not known, the church in the early fourth century declared the date as December 25.
National Good Governance Day
Every year on December 25, National Good Governance Day or Sushasan Divas is celebrated in India to highlight the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee. This day was established in 2014 to honor late Prime Minister Vajpayee by creating awareness of accountability in Government among the Indian people.
|24th December, 2020|
National Consumer Rights Day
Every year on December 24, the National Consumer Rights Day is celebrated throughout the country. In India, Consumer Protection Act was enacted on December 24, 1986. However, this day is celebrated globally on March 15. The reason behind celebrating this day is to spread awareness about consumer's rights and protect their interest.
|23rd December, 2020|
National Farmers' Day
December 23 on every year, is observed as National Farmers' Day or Kisan Diwas in India. This day is celebrated to highlight the contribution made by Choudhary Charan Singh to the agriculture sector and for the welfare of farmers. Choudhary Charan Singh, who served as Prime Minister of India between 1979 and 1980, is widely regarded as one of the country's most peasent leaders.
|22nd December, 2020|
National Mathematics Day
December 22 is celebrated every year in India as National Mathematics Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of India's mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan. This was announced by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 26th February, 2012 at Madras University to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Srinivasa Ramanujan. He also announced that 2012 would be celebrated as National Mathematics Year.
|20th December, 2020|
International Human Solidarity Day
United Nation’s International Human Solidarity Day is annually observed on December 20, around the world to celebrate the unity in diversity across the globe. The day creates public awareness about the importance of solidarity and reminds the government to honour their commitment to international agreements. This day is being observed since 2006. On 22nd December, 2005 The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the 20th December of every year as International Human Solidarity Day.
|19th December, 2020|
Goa Liberation Day
Goa Liberation Day is celebrated in India on 19th December, every year. This day is celebrated in commemoration of the Indian Armed Forces freeing Goa from Portuguese rule, after they invaded with Operation Vijay. Goa was liberated on 19th December,1961 from 450 years of Portuguese rule as the Portuguese Governor General Vassalo Da Silva surrendered along with the annexation of Goa.
|18th December, 2020|
International Migrants Day
Each year on December 18, the United Nations and many other international organisations celebrated International Migrants Day. The reason behind this is to highlight the contributions made by approximately 272 million migrants to the economies of their hosts and home countries and challenges they faced. In 1997, many migrant organisations, including Filipino, started celebrating December 18, as the International Day of Solidarity with Migrants. This day promotes respect for their basic human rights.
Minorities Rights Day
Minorities Rights Day is observed every year on December 18 across India by the National Commission For Minorities. This day aims to create awareness about rights and problems of minorities and eliminate all forms of discrimination against them. Another reason to celebrate this day is to safeguard the constitutional guaranteed freedom of minorities. Minorities Rights day was first observed in 2013.
World Arabic Language Day
Arabic Language is one the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is used by more than 290 million people worldwide. And hence, December 18, every year is celebrated as World Arabic Language Day. It is because, on the same day in 1973, The General Assembly of United Nations adopted Arabic Language as the sixth official language of the Organization.
|16th December, 2020|
Vijay Diwas also known as Victory Day is celebrated on 16th December every year in India. It is also celebrated in Bangladesh on the same day as ‘Bijoy Dibos’. The reason why this day is celebrated, is India’s victory over Pakistan in 1971, which led to liberalisation of East Pakistan and the creation of new nation ‘Bangladesh’. It is also observed to pay tributes to the martyrs who lost their life in the war.
|15th December, 2020|
International Tea Day
International Tea Day is being observed on December 15 in many countries including India, Bangladesh, Kenya, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Uganda etc. The celebration of this day started in New Delhi in 2005. In 2015, the Indian Government proposed to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization to expand this day globally. And then, in 2019, it was decided that this day will be observed on May 21 globally. Though according to the UN it is observed on May 21, many countries celebrate this day on December 15.
|14th December, 2020|
National Energy Conservation Day
The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) which comes under the Union Ministry of Power celebrates December 14 as National Energy Conservation day every year. This day is celebrated to showcase India’s contribution towards energy conservation and India’s steps taken towards the journey of becoming and energy-efficient nation. This day is also celebrated to spread awareness regarding energy efficiency and our need to go green. This initiative to celebrate this day was taken in 1991.
|12th December, 2020|
International Day of Neutrality
International Day of Neutrality is observed globally on 12th December every year to highlight the significance of neutrality in international relations. The day of observance was declared by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in February, 2017. International Day of Neutrality was observed for the first time on 12th December, 2017. The legal status of Neutrality is achieved when the states abstain themselves from participating in a war between other states and maintaining an impartial attitude towards the belligerents.
International Universal Health Coverage Day
International Universal Health Coverage Day is observed globally on 12th December every year to highlight the need for resilient and strong health systems and universal health coverage with multiple stake holders. The theme of International Universal Health Coverage Day 2020 is ‘Health For All: Protect Everyone’. This year’s theme focuses on building safer and healthier future and promotes investment in health systems, keeping in view the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The day of observance was adopted in United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 12th December, 2012. It was observed for the first time on 12th December, 2017.
|11th December, 2020|
United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) day is observed globally on 11th December every year to mark the foundation of UNICEF by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). UNICEF was formed on 11th December, 1946 which makes 2020 as its 74th foundation anniversary. UNICEF was established to fulfill the emergency needs of the children in post-war China and Europe. The theme of UNICEF Day 2020 is ‘Reimagining a better future for every child’. Henerietta Holsman Fore is the Executive Director of UNICEF, which headquartered at New York, USA.
International Mountain Day
International Mountain Day is observed globally on 11th December every year to highlight the significance of sustainable development of mountains. The global day of observance was declared by United Nations General Assembly in 2003. The theme of International Mountain Day 2020 is ‘Mountain Biodiversity’. International Mountain Day is also observed with an aim to educate people about the importance of mountains in providing fresh water, clean energy, food and recreation.
|10th December, 2020|
Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day is observed globally on 10th December every year to make people aware of their fundamental rights. The day of global observance came into effect in 1948 following the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The theme of Human Rights Day 2020 is ‘Recover Better- Stand Up for Human Rights’. This year’s Human Rights Day focuses on the ongoing global pandemic and its battering effect on the underprivileged people, children and women.
|9th December, 2020|
International Anti-Corruption Day
International Anti-Corruption Day is observed globally on 9th December every year to promote anti-corruption measures and practices among the people across the world. The day of observance was declared by United Nations Convention Against Corruption on 31st October, 2003. As per the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report, around $ 1 trillion is paid annually as bribe globally and $ 2.6 trillion is stolen annually from the government funds annually across the world. The amount equals to 5 % of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP). UNDP and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime jointly launched a campaign named ‘Your NO Counts’ to fight global corruption in 2009 to mark the occasion.
|7th December, 2020|
International Civil Aviation Day
International Civil Aviation Day is observed on 7th December every year to highlight the role played by the Civil Aviation sector in a nation’s economic development. The day of observance was declared by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 1994 on the occasion of its 50th foundation day. The day was granted official recognition by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 1996. The theme for International Civil Aviation Day 2020 is ‘Advancing Innovation for Global Aviation Development’.
Armed Forces Flag Day
Armed Forces Flag Day is observed across India on 7th December every year to pay tributes to the Indian soldiers who have lost their lives while serving the nation and to honour the services provided by the men and women of armed forces of India. The day observance was declared by Government of India on 28th August, 1949 and was observed for the first time on 7th December, 1949. Government of India has declared the month of December, 2020 as the ‘Gaurav Maah’ or ‘Pride Month’ to commemorate the martyrs of the nation.
|5th December, 2020|
International Volunteer Day
International Volunteer Day is observed globally on 5th December every year make people aware of the important contributions of volunteer services in the upliftment of society and promote people for becoming volunteers for a noble cause. It is also known as United Nations’ International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development. The theme for International Volunteer Day 2020 is ‘Together We Can Through Volunteering’. The day of observance is especially administered by United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV) and is celebrated by the NGOs across the world.
World Soil Day 2020
World Soil Day is celebrated on 5th December every year to make people aware of the growing challenges in soil management, fighting soil biodiversity and encouraging the governments of different countries to take measures for maintaining soil health. The day of global observance was declared by International Union of Soil Sciences on 5th December 2002 under the leadership of Thailand. World Soil Day was celebrated for the first time in 2014. The theme of World Soil Day 2020 was ‘Keep Soil Alive, Protect Soil Biodiversity’.
|4 December, 2020|
Dr. Rituparna Dubey
Indian Navy Day
Indian Navy Day is celebrated every year on December 4th to celebrate the achievements of the Indian Navy to the country.
- Indian Navy Day is celebrated to commemorate the attack on Karachi harbor during the India-Pakistan war in 1971.
- This attack contributed to the ultimate victory of the Indian Armed Forces over Pakistan.
- This year, a virtual tour has been organized for viewers.
- It is celebrated every year with a powerful theme for making bolstering its position.
- The Theme for 2020 is "Indian Navy Combat Ready, Credible & Cohesive".
- To celebrate the occasion. The Western Naval Command of the Indian Navy. headquartered in Mumbai, bring in their ships and sailors.
International Day of Banks
On 19 Dec 2019 UNGA designated 4 December as International Day of Banks to acknowledge the importance of the growing roles of banks in development.
- International Day of Banksis observed in recognition of the significant potential of multilateral development banks and other international development banks.
- Their role in financing sustainable development and providing know-how is acknowledged.
|3 December, 2020|
Dr. Rituparna Dubey
International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD)
International Day of Disabled Persons is observed on 3rd December
- International Day of Disabled Persons aims to promote the well-being of persons with disabilities in society.
- The Theme for 2020 is ‘ Building back better: towards an inclusive, accessible & sustainable post-COVID-19 world by, for & with persons with disabilities’.
- IDPD was introduced by the UN General Assembly in 1992.
|2 December, 2020|
Dr. Rituparna Dubey
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
December 2 is celebrated as International Day for the Abolition of Slavery every year.
- The day intends to end all forms of slavery in the world.
- According to the United Nation, 24.9 million people are in forced labor, 15.4 million people are in forced marriage.
- The UN also states that about 150 mn children are forced into child labor.
National Pollution Control Day 2020
To prevent industrial processes or human negligence pollution, every year National Pollution Control Day is observed.
- December 2, every year, is observed as National Pollution Control Day.
- National Pollution Control Day is observed in the memory of those who have lost their lives in the Bhopal Gas tragedy on the night of December 2nd and 3rd, 1984.
- The National Health Portal of India says that every year around 7 million people globally die due to air pollution, 4 million of whom die from indoor air pollution.
Asom Divas is a regional public holiday celebrated in Assam on December 2nd each year.
- Asom Divas is also known as Sukaphaa Divas
- Asom Diwas commemorates the advent of the first king of the Ahom kingdom in Assam
- The Ahom dynasty was established by Chaolung Sukaphaa, a prince from the Tai state of Mong Mao which is close to present-day Ruili in Yunnan in China.
- The era of Ahom rule in Assam is seen as a glorious chapter in the history of Assam.
- December 2nd has been a public holiday in Assam since 1996.
|1 December, 2020|
Dr. Rituparna Dubey
World AIDS Day
- It was founded in 1988 by the WHO.
- It was the first-ever global health day with the objective of raising public awareness about AIDS.
In 2019, 6,90,000 people died from HIV-related causes and 1.7 million people were newly infected
- The theme for 2020 is “Global solidarity, resilient HIV services.”
- WHO is calling out to the global leaders and citizens to rally for “global solidarity” to overcome the challenges posed by Covid-19 on the HIV response.
- 2020 being the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, it is a call for more protection and support to these health workers who have long been on the frontline of HIV service delivery.
Nagaland State Formation Day
Nagaland is celebrating its 58th statehood day on 1st December amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- Nagaland became the 16th state of India on 1 December 1963.
- It attained its statehood with the enactment of the State of Nagaland Act in 1962.
- The interim body was dissolved in 1963, 30th November, and Nagaland was made a state with Kohima as its capital.
- The formal inauguration was done by the then President Dr. s. Radhakrishnan
- The current CM of Nagaland is Neiphiu Rio
- This year due to the coronavirus outbreak, it will be a low-key event.
- The celebratory program will be held with limited invitees at the Secretariat Plaza where Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio will be present.