List of Important Days in April


General Awareness section is one of the important section in any competitive exam. The static part of General Knowledge weighs more than 50% of the General Awareness section, therefore, one has to focus on its various sub-topics and Important Days is one such topic. Have a look at the detailed list of Important Days in April.

1. Odisha Foundation Day: 1 April

  • It is also known as Utkal Divas. Odisha was established as a separate state on 1st April 1936.
  • Odisha is the eighth largest state of India in terms of area. Its capital is Bhubaneshwar.
  • It has the third largest population of Scheduled Tribes.
  • Its current Governor is Ganeshi Lal and Chief Minister is Naveen Patnaik. It has unicameral legislature with a State Legislative Assembly having 147 seats.

2. World Autism Awareness Day: 2 April

  • The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution 62/139 on 1st November, 2007 and later adopted this resolution on 18th December, 2007 to designate April 2 as the World Autism Awareness Day. The day was first observed in 2008.
  • The day is celebrated every year to create awareness in people regarding those living with autism, especially children.
  • Theme 2020: “The Transition to Adulthood”
  • Theme 2019: “Assistive Technologies, Active Participation”

3. International Day for Mine Awareness: 4 April

  • On 8th December 2005, the United Nations General Assembly confirmed that 4th April of every year would be observed as International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. It was primary observed on 4th April, 2006.
  • The day calls for efforts from nation leaders to create and develop national mine-action capacities.
  • Daniel Craig was the first UN Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards.
  • Theme 2019: “United Nation promotes SDGs- Safe Ground – Safe Home”

4. National Maritime Day: 5 April

  • National Maritime Day is celebrated to create awareness regarding support to intercontinental commerce and the worldwide economy. This day is being observed since 1964.
  • The first ship SS loyalty, introduced by the Scindia steam navigation company, traveled from Mumbai to the United Kingdom in 1919. 
  • Varuna Award is conferred on this day to recognize the people who made an outstanding contribution to the Indian maritime sector.
  • World Maritime Day is observed every year on the Thursday of last week in September.
  • Theme 2019: “Indian Ocean – An Ocean of Opportunity”

5. International Day of Sport for Development and Peace: 6 April

  • UNGA passed a resolution on 23rd August 2013 to observe 6th April as the ‘International Day of Sport for Development and Peace’.
  • The day aims to create awareness regarding the power of sport to drive social change and promote peace and understanding.
  • It also commemorates the inauguration of first modern Olympic Games in 1896 in Athens, Greece.

6. World Health Day: 7 April

  • World Health Day is celebrated every year on 7 April as on this day in 1948, World Health Organization was founded.
  • The World Health Day 2020 celebrate the contribution of nurses and midwives and recognize their roles in keeping the world healthy.
  • The year 2020 was declared as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Assembly.
  • Theme 2020: “Support Nurses and Midwives”
  • Theme 2019: “Universal Health Coverage”: Everyone, Everywhere

7. World Homoeopathy Day: 10 April

  • World Homoeopathy Day is observed every year on 10th April to mark the birth anniversary of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, the father of the Homeopathy system of medicines.
  • The way to heal through homeopathy is ‘similia similibus curantur’ i.e. likes can cure likes.
  • Homeopathy is one of the recognised system of medicines in India and is part of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) Ministry.
  • World Homeopathy Awareness Week is celebrated between 10th April and 16th April and is coordinated by the World Homeopathy Awareness Organisation.
  • Theme 2020: "Enhancing the scope of Homoeopathy in Public Health"

8. National Safe Motherhood Day: 11 April

  • National Safe Motherhood Day (NSMD) is observed annualy on 11th April to elevate consciousness about the appropriate healthcare of women and maternity services to pregnant and lactating women.
  • The day was declared in 2003 by the government and India became the first country to do so.
  • The day marks the birth anniversary of Kasturba Gandhi, wife of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • This day also emphasis on decreasing anaemia among women and increasing institutional delivery, for pre and post natal health care, etc.
  • Theme 2019: “Midwives for Mothers”

9. World Parkinson's Day: 11 April

  • World Parkinson's Day is observed every year on 11 April to raise awareness of this disease
  • Parkinson's is a disease neurological condition in which involuntary shaking or tremors occur in body muscles.
  • It is the world’s second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s disease.

10. International Day for Street Children: 12 April

  • 12th April is celebrated every year as the International Day for Street Children, a day recognising the potential of millions of street children around the globe. It is being celebrated since 2012.
  • Theme 2020: “Safe Spaces”

11. Jallianwala Bagh Massacre: 13 April

The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, also known as the Amritsar Massacre was a massacre that happened in Amritsar, in 1919. On 13th April, 1919, British Indian Army soldiers started gunfire at an unarmed crowd which gathered on the occasion of Baisakhi. Many men, women and children were killed during the massacre.

12. World Hemophilia Day: 17 April

  • World Hemophilia Day was started by the World Federation of Hemophilia (WHF) and is yearly observed on 17th April. The day was first celebrated in 1989 and 17th April was selected to makr the birth anniversary of Frank Schnabel, the founder of WHF.
  • The day aims at raising consciousness about hemophilia and other bleeding disorders.
  • Theme 2020: “Get+involved”
  • Theme 2019: “Outreach and Identification”

13. World Heritage Day: 18 April

  • The International Day for Monuments and Sites, also known as World Heritage Day, is celebrated every year on 18th April to promote awareness about rich cultural heritage and efforts required to protect and conserve them.
  • The day was proposed by ICOMOS in 1982 and the UNESCO General Assembly approved it in 1983.
  • Theme 2020: “Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility”

14. World Liver Day: 19 April

  • World Liver Day is celebrated every year on 19th April to create awareness about liver, the function it plays in our body and liver-related diseases.
  • Liver is the second largest and most vital organ in the human body. While it is the largest gland in the human body followed by Pancreas.
  • According to WHO, liver diseases like Hepatitis A, B, liver cirrhosis, etc. are the 10th most common cause of death in India.

15. Civil Services Day: 21 April

  • Civil Services Day is observed in India every year on 21 April.
  • On this day Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel addressed the first batch of civil servants at the Metcalf House, New Delhi in independent India.
  • He addressed the civil servants as the ‘steel frame of India’.
  • On this occasion, PM’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration are given to districts/ implementing units for the implementation of priority programme and innovation categories.
  • Lord Cornwallis is called the Father of civil services in India.

16. World Earth Day: 22 April

  • World Earth Day is celebrated every year on 22nd April to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, the day goes global in 1990.
  • The year 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the Earth Day.
  • Theme of World Earth Day 2020: “Climate Action”
  • Theme 2019: “Protecting  Our Species”

17. World Book and Copyright Day: 23 April

  • World Book Day, also known as International Day of the Book, is observed each year on 23rd April since 1995. The day is organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
  • The day aims to celebrate both books and reading, especially among younger members of our societies.
  • Kuala Lumpur is UNESCO World Book Capital 2020.
  • Theme 2020: “Share a Million Stories”
  • Theme 2019: “Shared A Story”

18. National Panchayati Raj Day: 24 April

  • Every year on 24th April, Ministry of Panchayati Raj celebrates National Panchayati Raj Day as this day is very important in the history of Indian Polity in terms of decentralisation of power to the grassroots level.
  • On 24th April 1993, the President gave his assent to the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Bill providing constitutional status to Panchayats.
  • The day is being celebrated since 2010. On this day, the best performing panchayats are given awards like Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar (DDUPSP), Nanaji Deshmukh Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar (NDRGGSP), Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) Award, e-Panchayat Puraskar, Child-friendly Gram Panchayat Award.

19. World Malaria Day: 25 April

  • World Malaria Day (WMD) is observed globally on 25 April to recognise the global efforts in controlling malaria.
  • In May 2007, World Health Assembly in its 60th session decided to observe 25 April as World Malaria Day every year.
  • Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by Plasmodium. It is most commonly spread by female Anopheles mosquito.
  • Theme 2020: “Zero Malaria Starts with Me”.

20. World Intellectual Property Day: 26 April

  • World Intellectual Property Day, also known as World IP Day, is observed every year on 26 April to create awareness about the role played by intellectual property (IP) rights in promoting innovation and creativity. 
  • The day was recognized by the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) in 2000 as on 26 April 1970, Convention Establishing the WIPO came into effect.
  • WIPO is one of the specialised agencies of United Nations and currently has 193 member states.
  • Theme 2020: “Innovate for a Green Future”
  • Theme 2019: “Reach for Gold: IP and Sports”

21. World Veterinary Day: 27 April

  • World Veterinary Day is observed every year on the last Saturday of April.
  • The day is celebrated to mark the importance of veterinary doctors who serve to protect animals.
  • The World Veterinary organization is organising World Veterinary Day since 2000.
  • Theme 2020: “Environmental Protection for Improving Animal and Human Health”

22. World Day For Safety and Health at Work: 28 April

  • World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international day to promote secure, safe and health at work. 
  • The International Labour Organization (ILO) is celebrating the day since 2003.
  • Theme 2020: “Stop the pandemic, safety and health at the work can save lives”
  • Theme 2019: “Safety and Health and the Future of Work”

23. International dance Day: 29 April

  • International Dance Day is observed every year on 29th April to celebrate dance.
  • The Dance Committee of International Theatre Institute (ITI) founded this day in 1982 to mark the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), maker of modern ballet.
  • Theme 2019: “ Dance and Spirituality”
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