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Global Commemoration Days in January

In this series of articles, we want to provide insight into the global development agenda. We mark important global events throughout the upcoming month which focus on development in countries all over the world. Below, you find a list of important global commemoration days for January.

In the modern world that we live in, information about global events spread through social media and the Internet at a rapid speed. This results in more and more voices which can be heard, acknowledged, and acted upon. People can be informed, outraged, and then triggered to respond to tragedies that happen around the world, even in the most remote locations. More information enters our minds every day from various sources. We must ensure that the outstanding achievements accomplished throughout history are not overlooked or forgotten. Listed below are commemorative days which help remind us of important humanitarian issues and developments.

  • 4thJanuary – Independence Day (Myanmar)
    Independence Day is a national holiday observed in Myanmar on January 4 every year. The date celebrates Myanmar's Declaration of Independence from the United Kingdom on January 4, 1948.
  • 12thJanuary – National Youth Day (India)
    National Youth Day is celebrated in India on 12 January on the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. In 1984, the government of India declared the day as National Youth Day, and since 1985, the event is celebrated in India every year.
  • 25thJanuary – National Voters’ Day (India)
    To encourage more young voters to take part in the political process, the government of India has decided to celebrate January 25 every year as National Voters' Day. It started in January 25, 2011, to mark the Commission's foundation day.
  • 27thJanuary – International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
    The theme for the Holocaust remembrance and education activities in 2017, including the Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, is "Holocaust Remembrance: Educating for a Better Future." The theme emphasizes the fact that Holocaust education has a universal dimension and can serve as an appropriate platform for building respect for human rights, increasing tolerance, and defending our common humanity. The Holocaust was a defining point in history, and its lessons have much to teach about the danger of extremism and the prevention of genocide today.
  • 31stof January – Street Children’s Day
    2009 marked the 75th anniversary of the canonization of John Bosco, the “Father, and Teacher of Youth." To mark the anniversary, Jugend Eine Welt launched Street Children‘s Day the same year. Street Children's Day is commemorated every year on January 31 and will highlight the situation of these children and young people to raise funds for projects run by the Salesians of Don Bosco and the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco on behalf of street children worldwide.

We believe our world is a better place when compassion can travel to where it is needed most. There are countless projects which tried and succeeded in eradicating humanitarian issues. These projects are clebrated in commemorative days about global events in which we think about their achievements. Please follow our blog for more stories about humanitarians, humanitarian organizations, and travel information.