Important Dates and Events in September Month
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Events and festivals have their own importance. They have their own history and reasons. Their recognition can be national or global. But they all educate us in some or the other way. And knowledge without awareness doesn’t work. It is important to know the reason for a better understanding. The month of September also has many important events. We have compiled a list of all important national and global events. This list of September events is must to know for competitive exams like UPSC, IAS etc.
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Global Events in September Month
Let us firstly see Global events in September:
1. World Coconut Day – 2 September
The Asian and Pacific Coconut Community came into being in September 1969. It is an intergovernmental organization of coconut producing countries. The idea is to highlight the importance of coconut in human life. It aims to promote the uniqueness of coconut. It is used as food, drink, building material, etc.
2. Calendar Adjustment Day – 2 September
British Parliament passed a Calendar Act in 1751. According to this act, the Georgian calendar will replace the Julian calendar. But to do that, 11 days were needed to sync with the new calendar. People in Britain slept on 2 September 1752 and woke up on 14 September 1752. This is the reason the new year starts on 1 January. Before 26 March was the new year date.
3. Victory over Japan Day or V-J Day – 2 September
This day marks the defeat of Japan in World War II. this took place on 15 August 1945, 6 days after Nagasaki Bombing. This date marks the end of WWII. But the surrender documents were signed on 2 September 1945 in Tokyo Bay. Thus the US celebrates this victory in September.
4. Skyscraper Day – 3 September
Louis Henry Sullivan was an American architect. He is believed to be the creator of modern skyscrapers. He was born on 3 September 1856. This day is to honor him and appreciate the creation of skyscrapers. The Burj Khalifa of Dubai is the tallest skyscraper in the world.
5. Taiwan Armed Forces Day – 3 September
The Republic of China celebrates this day to honor their military forces. Another reason to celebrate their victory over Japan in WWII. The first celebration took place in 1955.
6. International Day of Charity – 5 September
The UN General Assembly made this day official in 2012. The Hungarian Civil Society came up with this idea in 2011. Mother Teresa know for her charity, passed away on 5 September 997. This day is to promote charity and provide a reliable platform for it.
7. Brazilian Independence Day – 7 September
Brazil’s Declaration of Independence came into being on 7 September 1822. They were under the United Kindom of Portugal, Brazil, and the Algarves rule from 1534 – 1740. The Treaty of Rio de Janeiro was signed between Brazil and Portugal on 29 August 1825. This made their independence official. Their first president was Deodoro da Fonseca.
8. World Physical Therapy Day – 8 September
World Confederation of Physical Therapy came into being on 8 September 1951. They made World Physical therapy day official in 1996. The idea is to highlight the role of the physiotherapists in keeping people well. The theme for 2020 is “rehabilitation and COVID-19”.
9. International Literacy Day – 8 September
UNESCO made this day official in 1996 and the first celebration took place in 1977. The idea to promote literacy for growth and development. By this, they focus on individual, community, and societal growth. The focus of 2020 is “Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond”.
10. World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) – 10 September
This day became official in 2003. The International Association for Suicide Prevention, the World Health Organization, and the World Federation for Mental Health are the main hosts. The idea is to prevent suicide and focus on mental health. The theme for 2020 is “Working Together to Prevent Suicide”.
11. World First Aid Day – 2 Saturday of September
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies took the initiative to start this day in 2000. The idea is to promote the use of first aid to save lives. The theme for 2019 was “First Aid and Excluded People”.
12. International Day of Democracy – 15 September
The Universal Declaration on Democracy became official in September 1997. This was by Inter-Parliamentary Union. The UN General Assembly made this day official in 2007. The idea is to promote the principles of democracy.
13. International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer – 16 September
The Montreal Protocol is an international treaty to preserve and protect the ozone layer. It absorbs ultraviolet radiation from the sun. It is part of the stratosphere. This Day was signed on 16 September 1987. The UN General Assembly made this day official in 1994. The idea is to highlight the precaution to preserve the ozone layer.
14. Malaysia Day – 16 Sepetember
The Malaysian federation came into being on 16 September 1963. This day is to celebrate the union of Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak, and Singapore. Though this federation was expelled in August 1965.
15. International Talk Like a Pirate Day – 19 September
It’s a parodic day by John Baur and Mark Summers, of Oregon, US. The first celebration took place in 1955. The idea is to talk like a pirate for a day.
16. Alzheimer’s Day – 21 September
Alzheimer’s is a disorder in which brain cells degenerate and die. The ide is to raise awareness about this disease worldwide. It is an initiative by Alzheimer’s Disease International. The theme for 2019 was “Raising awareness and challenging stigma”.
17. Day for Peace & Non-violence (UN) – 21 September
The UN Assembly made this day official in 1981. The idea is to promote peace above all. They discourage war and violence. It is to honor those who work hard every day to maintain peace. The theme for 2020 is “Shaping Peace Together”.
18. Rose Day (Welfare of cancer patients) – 22 September
Melinda Rose, 12 years old from Canada died because of rare cancer. This day is to honor her and support other cancer patients. The idea is to bring happiness to people fighting this battle. Rose is a symbol of love and affection.
19. World Maritime Day – 24 September 2020
The IMO Convention came into effect in 1958. This day is to highlight shipping safety, maritime security, and the marine environment. The first celebration took place in 1978. The date of the celebration changes every year. The theme for 2020 is “Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet”.
20. International Week of Deaf – 4 Week of September
It starts with the International Day of Sign Languages. The World Federation of the Deaf came into being in September 1951 in Rome. The idea is to celebrate and support the global deaf community. World deaf day is now a part of this week too. It falls on 28 September every year. The first celebration of this day took place in 1958. This day, since 2009 has become a full week celebration. The theme for 2020 is “Sign Language Rights for All”.
21. International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons – 26 September
The UN General Assembly made this day official in 2013. This date marks the Soviet nuclear false alarm incident in 1983. The idea is to discourage nuclear war. It aims to highlight the threat to humanity because of this weapon.
22. World Contraception Day – 26 September
The first celebration took place in 2007. The idea to raise awareness about contraceptive methods. It aims to promote information about sexual and reproductive health.
23. European Day of Languages – 26 September
The Council of Europe made this day official in 2001 and the first celebration was in 2002. 2001 was the European year of language. The idea is to highlight the importance of these languages for personal development. They promote language learning across Europe.
24. World Tourism Day – 27 September
It is an initiative by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. The first celebration took place in 1980. The Statutes of this organization came into being on 27 September 1970. The idea is to highlight the role of tourism in social, political, and economical development. The theme for 2020 is “Tourism: Building Peace”.
25. World Rabies Day – 28 September
The Global Alliance for Rabies Control hosts this day every year. Louis Pasteur with his colleagues made the first effective rabies vaccine. He died on 28 September 1895. The first celebration took place in September 2007. The idea is to encourage rabies prevention. The theme for 2020 is “End Rabies: Collaborate, Vaccinate”.
26. World Heart Day – Last Sunday of September
World Heart Federation took the initiative to start this day. The first celebration took place in 1999. The idea is to make people aware of cardiovascular diseases. They discourage the consumption of tobacco, unhealthy diet, and promote physical activity for better health. The theme for 2020 is “A Healthy Heart Your Goal”.
27. International Translation Day – 30 September
It is an initiative International Federation of Translators. The first celebration took place in 1953. St. Jerome was the latin translator of the Bible. He died on 30 September. The idea is to promote translating as a profession. The theme for 2020 is “Finding the words for a world in crisis”.
28. World Rivers Day – Fourth Sunday of September
The first celebration took place in 2005 by the UN. the idea is to promote active involvement in global river issues. They encourage river cleaning drives and educational outings to raise awareness. The theme for 2019 was “Day of Action for Rivers”.
National Events in September Month
Let us now see National Events in September month:
1. Onam Festival – 1 week of September
It is the harvest festival of Kerala that refers to 27 constellations. It is to honor the return of King Mahabali. He was a demon but with a kind heart. He was a believer in Lord Vishnu. It is believed that Vishnu went to Mahabali’s kingdom during the time of Onam. The date for the festival changes every year according to the Malayalam calendar. This festival will start on 22 August and end on 2 September in 2020.
2. National Nutrition Week – 1 September
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics took the initiative to start this week in 1973. In 1982, the Government of India made this week official in India as well. The Food and Nutrition Board within the Ministry of Women and Child Development organizes this week every year. The idea is to highlight the importance of a balanced diet for healthy individuals. The theme for 2019 was “Har Ghar Poshan Vyavahar”.
3. Teachers’ Day – 5 September
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhkrishnan was the second president of India. He was born on 5 September 1888 and was a professor at many Indian and international colleges. He was a philosopher and taught Advaita Vedanta based knowledge. This day honors him and his contribution to the country. It also asks everyone to appreciate and respect their teachers.
4. Hindi Diwas – 14 September
It is to celebrate the adoption of the Hindi language as an official language in India. Beohar Rajendra Simha was one of the supporters of this language. He was born on 14 September 1899. On his 50th birthday, the Constitution of India made Hindi an official language. There are 22 official languages of India but only at the state level. Hindi and English are at the union level.
5. National Engineers’ Day – 15 September
Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya was an Indian civil engineer. He was the Chief Engineer of Krishna Raja Sagara dam and flood protection system in Hyderabad. He was born on 15 September 1860. This day is to honor his contribution to engineering. He received Bharat Ratna in 1955.
6. Antyodaya Diwas – 25 September
The government of India took the initiative to start this day. Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya was a philosopher and an important figure in the nationalist movement. He did not believe in communism and supported small scale organizations. He was born on 25 September 1916. Antyodaya means uplifting the weaker. This day is to recognize his contribution and help the weaker sections. This is done by blood donations, seminars, etc,.
These were some of the important events in September. They are generally in the general studies paper. Exams like UPSC, RRB, SSC, etc. always gave general knowledge questions. If you are planning to appear for any of these exams, then you must read the article carefully. All the relevant details about particular events are mentioned above. It is also a good read to enhance your knowledge.