World Arabic Language Day

Used daily by more than 400 million people, Arabic (the word meaning nomadic) was first spoken by nomadic tribes who occupied the area between Mesopotamia, the Lebanon mountains, the Sinai and northwestern Arabia. Much of what is known of written, classical (or old)...

International Migrants Day

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) notes that there is no universally accepted definition for migrant, and that this word is an umbrella term, not defined under international law, reflecting the common lay understanding of a person who moves away from...

World Children’s Day

Established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day, the now-named World Children’s Day is to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide, and to improve children’s welfare. The date marks the adoption of both the 1959...

World Philosophy Day

The word philosophy comes from the Greek philo (love) and sophia (wisdom). It is defined thus as the love of wisdom, and is the study of human existence: why a person is born; what is their purpose and how life is to be understood. The term is applied to a formalised...

International Day of Non-Violence

International Day of Non-Violence marks the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the famous and much-loved leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. The Day is to disseminate the message of non-violence, and to...