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January 03, 2018

Important Days in January 2018

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Friends, here is the Complete list of important days in January 2018. This list consists of all important National and International days of January 2018 month. The themes of these days except the World Day of Peace have not yet been announced. We will update them as soon as they announced on day basis. Keep visiting us for the lists of important days for the remaining months in the year 2018.

January 2018 Important Days (National / International)

1st January 2018
  • 51st World Day of Peace
    • The World Day of Peace is a feast day of the Roman Catholic Church dedicated to universal peace.
    • This day was first observed on 1 January 1968.
    • Theme of World Day of Peace 2018 : ‘Migrants and Refugees: Men and Women in search of Peace
    • Important Note : Don't be confused between this day and International Day of Peace.  The International Day of Peace is observed annually on 21 September.
4th January 2018
  • World Braille Day
    • World Braille Day celebrates the 208th Birth anniversary of French Innovator Louis Braille (4 January 1809 – 6 January 1852).
    • He was a French educator and inventor of a system of reading and writing for use by the visually impaired.
    • His system remains known worldwide simply as braille.
  • 351st birth anniversary of the 10th and last Prophet-teacher of the Sikh faith, Guru Gobind Singh.
  • 70th Independence Day of Myanmar.
6th January 2018
  • World Day for War Orphans.
    • This day was initiated by the French organisation, SOS Enfants en Detresses.
    • Held on 6th January each year, this special day enables the International Community to recognise the plight of a particularly vulnerable group.
9th January 2018
  • Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
    • This day is observed to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community towards the development of India. 
    • The day commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to Mumbai on 9 January 1915.
    • Theme for this year :  “Ancient Route, New Journey”.
10th January 2018 
  • World Hindi Day
    • The World Hindi Day is commemorated every year with the objective to promote use of Hindi language abroad.
    • The first World Hindi Conference was organized on 10 January 2006 in Nagpur and since then every 10 January is observed as the World Hindi Day.
    • At present Hindi as a language is spoken in more than 20 countries around the world and is being taught in 150 Universities of the world.
    • Important Note :
    • World Hindi Day and Hindi day are different.
    • Hindi Day is celebrated on September 14.
    • The Constituent Assembly adopted Hindi as the Official Language of the Union on this day (14 September) in the year 1949.
12th January 2018
  • National Youth Day
    • National Youth Day is celebrated every year on 12th of January, the birth anniversary of social reformer, philosopher and thinker Swami Vivekananda.
    • Since 1985 onwards, National Youth Day is being celebrated all over the country.
    • To celebrate this day, the 21st National Youth Festival was held in Rohtak, Haryana.
15th January 2018
  • 70th Indian Army Day
    • It was on this day in 1949 when Lt. General (later Field Marshal) KM Cariappa became the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army post Independence.
    • This day inspires the troops to continue to enrich the glorious traditions of the Indian Army with their dedication and sacrifice.
    • This Day also marks a day to salute the valiant soldiers who sacrificed their lives to protect the country and the people living in it.
    • Important Names to Remember :
      • Chief of Army Staff - Bipin Rawat
      • Chief of Naval Staff - Sunil Lanba
      • Air Chief Marshal - Birender Singh Dhanoa
16th January 2018
  • Religious Freedom Day
21st January 2018
  • 46th Statehood Day of 3 states Manipur, Tripura and Meghalaya.
    • The three states attained statehood in 1972 under the North-Eastern Areas (Re-organisation) Act, 1971.
    • While Meghalaya was a part of Assam before becoming a full-fledged state, Manipur and Tripura were Union Territories before 1972.
  • Squirrel Appreciation Day
23rd January 2018
  • 120th birth anniversary of Indian Nationalist and Freedom Fighter Subhash Chandra Bose.
    • Bose was born on January 23, 1897, in Cuttack, which was then a part of Bengal province.
    • An advocate of complete freedom, Netaji went to jail 11 times during the independence struggle.
    • Netaji, the founder of the Indian National Army, was chosen President of the Congress twice when Mahatma Gandhi was also nominated.
24th January 2018
  • 11th National Girl Child Day.
    • This day has been started as a national girls development mission by the Government of India.
    • This mission raises the awareness among people all over the country about the importance of girl’s promotion.
    • It enhances the meaningful contribution of the girls in decision making processes through the active support of the parents and other community members.
25th January 2018
  • 8th National Voters’ Day.
    • The date (25th January) was declared as the National Voters' Day in the year 2011 as the Election Commission of India was founded on 25 January 1950.
    • The day aims at increasing the enrolment of voters, especially encourage participation of newly eligible young voters and ensure universal adult franchise.
  • National Tourism Day
    • Note : World Tourism Day is observed on 27th September. 
26th January 2018
  • International Customs Day
    • This day recognizes the role of custom officials and agencies in maintaining border security.
  • 69th Republic Day
    • The Constitution of India came into force on January 26, 1950, replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India.
    • To commemorate this, January 26 is celebrated as Republic Day every year.
    • This day was also chosen as the Republic Day because, on January 26, 1930, the declaration of complete independence was proclaimed by the Congress.
    • Important Note :
      • The leaders of all 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries will be chief guests at the Republic Day Parade. 
      • This includes Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam
27th January 2018
  • International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust (International Holocaust Remembrance Day).
    • This day commemorates the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated 6 million Jewish people, 2 million Romani people, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, and 9,000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.
28th January 2018
  • Data Privacy Day (Data Protection Day).
    • The purpose of this day is to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices.
  • National Immunization Day.
  • Anti Leprosy Day.
    • Anti Leprosy Day is observed internationally on January 30 or its nearest Sunday to increase the public awareness of the Leprosy or Hansen's Disease. 
    • This day was chosen in commemoration of the death of Gandhi, who understood the importance of leprosy. 
  • Pakistan was named on this day (28th January) in the year 1933.
    • Muslim nationalist Choudhry Rahmat Ali, who is also known as the Founder of Pakistan National Movement, used 'Pakistan' in his pamphlet 'Now or Never' explaining reasons to establish a separate nation.
    • 'Pakistan' referred to the five northern units of India- 'P'unjab, North-West Frontier ('A'fghan) Province, 'K'ashmir, 'S'ind, and Baluchis'tan' (PAKSTAN).
30th January 2018
  • National Martyrs' Day.
    • This day is also known as Sarvodaya day / Shaheed Diwas.
    • We observe this day to commemorate 69th death anniversary of Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
    • Note : On this day in 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse at a prayer meeting.
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