SPECIAL DAYS - 2019 FEBRUARY

February 2

World Wetland Day is celebrated on 2nd February
World Wetlands Day occurs annually on February 2nd, marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on February 2, 1971.
Established to raise awareness about the value of wetlands for humanity and the planet, World Wetland Day was celebrated for the first time in 1997.
Some of the benefits of Wetland: biologically diverse ecosystems that provide habitat for many species, serve as buffers on the coast against storms and flooding, and naturally filter water by breaking down or transforming harmful pollutants.

February 4

World Cancer Day is observed on 4nd February
World Cancer Day is an international day marked on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.
World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration.
'I Am and I Will' is the theme of World Cancer Day 2019
Sri Lanka Celebrates 71st Independence day on 4th February
On 4th February Sri Lanka Celebrated 71st Independence Day. The National day celebrations were held with usual fanfare and enthusiasm.
Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was the guest of honour at the main function held in Colombo.
The three branches of military performed an impressive parade along with display of defence equipments while artistes and students showcased the major dance forms of the country including Kandyan and Bharatnatyam.

February 6

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
On 20 December 2012, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution to observe 6 February as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.
To enhance awareness-raising campaigns and to take concrete actions against female genital mutilations.
Female genital mutilation is a global human rights issue affecting girls and women in every region of the world. At least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation.

February 10

World Pulses Day celebrated on 10th February, 2019
The United Nations designated first-ever World Pulses Day was held on February 10, 2019.
The global event aimed at celebrating pulses worldwide and the important contributions it made to sustainable food production after 2016 International Year of Pulses.
In 2018, the UN General Assembly, in 2018, decided to mark 10 February as World Pulses Day, to keep alive the positive momentum surrounding these healthy, nutritious, protein-rich, nitrogen-fixing legumes after FAO’s successful 2016 International Year of Pulses Campaign.
National Deworming day Celebrated on February 10
National Deworming Day 2019 was observed all over India on 10th of February.
The aim of this programme is to deworm all the children from 1 to 19 years and improve their well-being.
To run the programme successfully and to achieve the goal, all the school teachers and workers are provided special training and resource material.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) conducted its eighth round of National Deworming Day (NDD) with a objective to reduce the prevalence of Soil Transmitted Helminths (STH) or parasitic intestinal worms so that there will be no longer be public health problem.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) envisioned an open-defecation-free India which holds the capacity to reduce the overall worm burden in a community.
NDD falls under the purview of the Extended Gram Swaraj Abhiyan.

February 11

11th February declared as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated each year on 11 February, was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls.
This Day is a reminder that women and girls play a critical role in science and technology communities and that their participation should be strengthened.
2019 Theme: "Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth"
At present, less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women. According to UNESCO data (2014 - 2016), only around 30% of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education.
Globally, female students’ enrolment is particularly low in ICT (3%), natural science, mathematics and statistics (5%) and in engineering, manufacturing and construction (8%).

February 12

National Productivity Council celebrates its Foundation Day on 12th February.
February 12th National Productivity Council (NPC) celebrated its 61st Foundation day as Productivity day and celebrated national productivity week from February 12 to February 18.
Theme: “circular economy for productivity & sustainability” which represents a unique opportunity for circular business models for Make- Use- Return.
It represents an opportunity for long term economic prospects and regeneration of materials.

February 18

Taj Mahotsav is celebrated from 18th to 27th February
Taj Mahotsav, is celebrated from 18th to 27th February every year at Shilpgram near the Eastern gate of "Taj Mahal".
This 10 days long carnival is actually a vibrant platform that gives you information of India where you can find India’s rich arts, crafts, cultures, cuisine, dance and music.
Taj Mahal is the most beautiful historical place of India which tells about incredible India.
Taj Mahotsav is organized by Taj Mahotsav Committee presented by Commissioner, Agra Devision Agra.
Theme for Taj Mohatsav 2019 is “Parampara”

February 20

World Day of Social Justice is observed on 20th February
World Social Day of Justice is observed on 20th February to raise the awareness about the social injustice done throughout the world and to look into the solutions and improvements.
Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations.
The ILO estimates that currently about 2 billion people live in fragile and conflict-affected situations, of which more than 400 million are aged 15 to 29.
The Theme for World Day of Social Justice 2019 is “If You Want Peace & Development, Work for Social Justice”.

February 21

International Mother Language Day is celebrated on 21st February
International Mother Language Day is celebrated worldwidesince February 2000 annually,it observed on 21 February to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and promote multilingualism.
This year, International Mother Language day 2019 will be framed by the International Year of indigenous languages 2019 (IYIL19) around the Theme “Indigenous languages matter for development, peace building and reconciliation”.
First announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999, it was formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in a resolution establishing 2008 as the International Year of Languages.
The idea to celebrate International Mother Language Day was the initiative of Bangladesh.
In Bangladesh 21 February is the anniversary of the day when Bangladeshis fought for recognition for the Bangla language.

February 22

World Thinking Dayis celebrated annually on 22 February
World Thinking Day, is celebrated annually on 22 February by all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
It is also celebrated by Scout and Guide organizations and some boy-oriented associations around the world.
It is a day when they think about their "sisters" (and "brothers") in all the countries of the world, the meaning of Guiding, and its global impact.
22 February was chosen as it was the birthday of Scouting and Guiding founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell and of Lady Olave Baden-Powell, his wife and World Chief Guide
World thinking day 2019 Theme is “Leadership”.

February 24

Central Excise Day is celebrated on 24 February
The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) celebrates Central Excise Day every year all across the India on 24th of February.
It encourage the employees of excise department to carry out the duty in better way in order to prevent the corruption in goods manufacturing business as well as implement other rules to carry out best possible excise services.
Central excise has become the vital source of the financial development of the country for the better socio-economic development in India.
In the Previous years, the financial revenue of the country has become double through the better service delivery standards of the central excise departments.

February 27

World NGO Day is celebrated on 27th February
World NGO Day is annually observed on the 27th of February. Officially recognized and declared by the 12 member countries of the IX Baltic Sea NGO Forum of the Council of the Baltic Sea States in 2010 and first time marked by the United Nation (UN), EU leaders and international organizations in 2014.
World NGO Day aims to inspire people to become more actively involved within NGOs and encourage a greater symbiosis between NGOs and both the public and private sector.
The universal concept of the World NGO Day is Celebrate, Commemorate and Collaborate the various NGOs around the world, and the people behind them.
World NGO Day was marked in 89 countries, six continents during 2010-2018.

February 28

National Science Day is celebrated on 28th February
National Science Day is celebrated in India on 28 February each year to mark the discovery of the Raman effect by Indian physicist Sir C.V. Raman on 28 February 1928.
For his discovery, Sir C.V. Raman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930.
In 1986, the NCSTC asked the Government of India to designate February 28 as National Science Day.
Theme for National Science Day 2019 is ''Science for the People, and the People for Science''.


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