International Day for Tolerance

The 1995-adopted Declaration of Principles on Tolerance explains tolerance as respect and appreciation of the variety of the world’s cultures, forms of expression and ways of being human. Qualifying tolerance not just as a moral duty, the Declaration states...

United Nations Day

United Nation Day marks the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter and the coming into being of United Nations (UN). Then 50 states and now made up of 193 Member States, the UN undertakes the following: Maintains International Peace and Security by working to...

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...

International Music Day

Initiated in 1975 by Lord Yehudi Menuhin, the 1 October International Music Day is to encourage the promotion and application of: musical art among all sections of society; UNESCO ideals of peace and friendship between peoples, of the evolution of their cultures, of...

World Smile Day

In 1963, Harvey Ball created the smiley face symbol – a yellow circle with black eye dots and a smile curve. World Smile Day began in 1999 and is on the first Friday of October each year. It is a Day to smile and to make small acts of kindness. Harvey wanted to...