WORLD WATER DAY

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Water, the Hub of Life.

Water is its mater and matrix, mother and medium.

Water is the most extraordinary substance!

Practically all its properties are anomolous, which enabled life to use it as building

material for its machinery.

Life is water dancing to the tune of solids.

-Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Water is the most common liquid on our planet, vital to all life forms. Water, odorless, tasteless, transparent liquid, is colourless in small amount but exhibits a bluish tinge in large quantity. It is the most familiar and abundant liquid on earth.

On the 22nd of December 1992, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution through which 22nd March of each year is declared World Day for Water, as a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues and to prepare for how we manage water in the future.

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION

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Racial discrimination divides and kills; it hinders peace and destabilises social unity within increasingly diverse societies. It can be brutal and wide-ranging, which sometimes is embodied in dissolute laws. It can also insidiously, silently, deprive people’s daily basic rights to employment, housing and a social life. We all have a role to play, each at our respective levels, in combating racism.

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was established six years after an event, known as the Sharpeville tragedy or Sharpeville massacre, which captured worldwide attention. This event involved police opening fire and killing 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against the apartheid “pass laws” in Sharpeville, South Africa on March 21, 1960.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS

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It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.

- Charles Spurgeon 

Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.

- Aristotle

What is happiness? Is it subjective or can we put an objective value on it? How can and should we pursue happiness? The word of happiness is used frequently in our lives, and most of us strive to be happy. However, defining happiness can be knotty as there are many diverse routes to happiness subjected to an individual priority of life.

The concept of happiness is indeed straightforward; it is a state of mind, pleasant emotion made of love, inner peace, joy, contentment and fulfilment. It is an art that can be cultivated by focusing and being grateful on small things in life which are often ignored, but carry a lot of meaning. We all do our utmost and spend our entire lives for achieving success, more money, better career and greater wealth in order to attain happiness. Oppositely, the truth happiness is derived from the contentment of what we have - health, relationships, peace of mind, gratitude, kindness, love, faith and so forth and being grateful of every opportunity given to strive for betterment. Happiness is, without a doubt, our choice.

INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY

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Languages are powerful tools in protecting and developing our tangible and intangible legacy. It promotes the spreading of mother tongues that will serve not only to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to develop full awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world in inspiring unity based on perceptive, charity and dialogue.

International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 with the aim of promoting linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It was created by the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in order to promote cultural traditions and instigate solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue. The date represents the incident that took place in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of their country’s two national languages, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of what is now called Bangladesh.

WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE

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Social justice, equality and equity constitute the fundamental values of all societies. To achieve a society for all, governments should make a commitment to the creation of a support for action to promote social justice at national, regional and international levels. The advancement of social justice is a part of the global mission to promote human dignity and development. Social justice means removing barriers amongst people all over the world created because of their age, gender, religion, ethnicity, race, or disability.

The promotion of gender equality or struggle for the rights of migrants and indigenous people are dazzling examples of the pursuit of social justice because all people should have equal opportunities irrespective of their gender or origin.