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Indispensable Humanitarian Events in January to Mark Your Agenda

In this series of articles, we want to provide insight into the global development agenda. We mark important days throughout the upcoming month which focus on development in countries.

The importance of commemoration days about humanitarian events

Nowadays, information about humanitarian events spread through social media and the internet at a rapid speed. This results in more and more voices which can be heard and acknowledged. People can be informed, outraged and then triggered to respond to tragedies that happen throughout the world, even at the most remote locations. More and more information enters our minds every day. We must ensure that the important strides we made throughout history are not overlooked or forgotten. Listed below are commemorative days which remember important humanitarian issues and developments.

  • 4th January – Independence Day (Myanmar)
    Independence Day is a national holiday observed in Myanmar on January 4 of every year. The date celebrates Myanmar's Declaration of Independence from the United Kingdom on January 4, 1948.
  • 12th January – 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 the National Youth Day, and since 1985, the event is celebrated in India every year.
  • 25th January – National Voters’ Day (India)
    To encourage more young voters to take part in the political process, Government of India has decided to celebrate January 25 every year as 'National Voters' Day.' It started from January 25, 2011, to mark Commission's foundation day.
  • 27th January - 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.
  • 31st January – Street Children’s Day
    2009 marked the 75th anniversary of the canonisation of John Bosco, the “Father, and Teacher of Youth." To mark the anniversary, Jugend Eine Welt launched “Street Children‘s Day“ the same year. The "Street Children's Day" is commemorated every year on the January 31st and should highlight the situation of these children and young people and raise funds for projects run by the Salesians of Don Bosco and the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco in favor of street children worldwide.

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