Important Dates and Days Current Affairs | January 2021

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Important Dates and Days Current Affairs | January 2021

Important Dates & Days Current Affairs January 2021

15 January, 2021

Indian Army Day

On January 15, 1949, General KM Cariappa became the first Indian to take charge of the Indian Army. This is the reason that January 15, every year is celebrated as Indian Army Day. The day is celebrated in the form of parades and other military shows in all the Headquarters and also at the Cariappa Parade Ground in the national capital New Delhi. This year, India is celebrating its 73rd Indian Army Day in New Delhi. 

12 January, 2021

National Youth Day

January 12, every year is celebrated as the National Youth Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand. This day was designated as National Youth Day in 1984 and is also referred to as Swami Vivekanand Jayanti.

Swami Vivekanand is remembered for his focus on youth. Many schools and colleges, on this day pay tributes to him and organise debates, sports, speech competitions, etc to help the students showcase their talents.

11 January, 2021

Road Safety Day 

Every year, Road Safety Week is observed from January 11 to January 17. The purpose of this week is to make the roads and streets in India safer. The government also creates awareness about how to avoid road accidents injuries while driving.

According to Ministry of Transport and Highways, the Ministry has decided to observe Road Safety Month instead of Road Safety Week this year from January 18 to February 17.

10 January, 2021

World Hindi Day

World Hindi Day or Vishwa Hindi Diwas is observed every year on January 10 to commemorate the anniversary of the first World Hindi Conference held in Nagpur on January 10, 1975. Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India inaugurated the conference. The aim of this day is to promote the use of Hindi language worldwide. 

Hindi is India’s most spoken language and the third most spoken language in the world with over 615 million speakers.

9 Januray, 2021

PravasI Bhartiya Diwas

Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas or Non-Resident Indian day is observed on January 9, every year by the Republic of India to highlight the contribution of the overseas Indian community towards the development of India. This day is celebrated since 2001 and it also commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to Mumbai on January 9, 1915.

6 January, 2021

World Day of War Orphans

The World Day of War Orphans is observed every year on January 6, to create awareness about children who have been orphaned due to wars. The main purpose of this day is to voice out the predicament of war orphans and highlight the challenges faced by those children while growing up. The initiative to observe this day was taken by the French organization, SOS Enfants en Detresses.

4 January, 2021

World Braille Day

World Braille Day is an international day observed on January 4, in honour of French educator Luis Braille, the one who invented the system of reading and writing for visually impaired. This day is celebrated to create awareness about the rights of visually impaired people and to highlight the importance of Braille as a means of communication.

Braille is a tangible representation of alphabetical and numerical symbols in which letters and numbers are represented using six dots.

1 January, 2021

Global Family Day

January 1 is celebrated by two thirds of the world’s population as a global day of peace and sharing. It aims at uniting and spreading peace and promoting the idea that Earth is a one Global Family so as to  make the world a better place to live for everyone.

The purpose of this day is to gather all the families as a single society on the first day of every year to welcome the New Year.