List of Important Days in December 2021


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 sub-topic. Have a look at the detailed list of Important Days in December 2021.

 

1. Nagaland celebrated its 59th foundation day on 1st December 2021.

  • Nagaland had come into existence as the 16th state of India on 1 December 1963.
  • In the year 2021, it celebrated its 59th foundation day.
  • Nagaland is known for its diversity, traditions, Hornbill festival and Amur Falcons.
  • Nagaland:

    • It is a mountainous state in northeast India.
    • It shares its boundary with Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Myanmar.
    • Its capital is Kohima.
    • It is one of the smallest states in India.
    • Its current Chief Minister is Neiphiu Rio and Governor is Jagdish Mukhi.
    • It has 1 Lok Sabha seat, 1 Rajya Sabha seat, and 60 legislative assembly seats.

2. 57th Raising Day of Border Security Force (BSF) celebrated on 01 December 2021.

  • Director General of BSF, Pankaj Kumar Singh said that strict border patrolling has drastically brought down cases of cattle smuggling between India and Bangladesh.
  • BSF Raising Day is celebrated on December 1 as BSF was established on this day in 1965.
  • BSF is a paramilitary force. It protects International border of India along with Pakistan and Bangladesh borders.

Border Security Force (BSF):

It was founded on 1 December 1965 after the Indo-Pak 1965 war.

‘Jeevan Paryant Kartavya’ is the motto of the Border Security Force.

Its headquarters is located in New Delhi. It works under the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Pankaj Kumar Singh is the current Director-General of the Border Security Force.

3. World AIDS Day 2021: 1 December

  • The World AIDS Day is celebrated every year on 1 December worldwide.
  • UNAIDS is emphasizing the urgent need to end the inequalities that drive AIDS and other pandemics around the world on World AIDS Day.
  • The theme for World AIDS Day 2021 is “Ending the HIV Epidemic: Equitable Access, Everyone’s Voice”.
  • In 1988, the first World AIDS Day was celebrated.
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) targets the immune system and weakens people’s defense against many infections and some types of cancer.
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is the most advanced stage of HIV infection.

4. National Pollution Control Day: 02 December

  • National Pollution Control Day or National Pollution Prevention Day is observed every year on 2nd December in India in memory of the people who lost their lives in Bhopal Gas Tragedy.
  • On the night of 2–3 December in the year 1984, Bhopal gas tragedy occurred and many people died due to poisonous gas Methyl Isocyanate (MIC).
  • The objective of National Pollution Prevention Day is to increase awareness on managing and controlling industrial disasters.
  • National Pollution Prevention Day also aims to prevent the pollution produced by industrial processes or human negligence.
  • It also aims to spread awareness among people and industries about importance of pollution control acts.

5. International Day of Persons with Disabilities: 03 December

  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed annually on 03 December to promote rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities.
  • The theme for International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021 is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.”
  • United Nations General Assembly had proclaimed 03 December as International Day of Persons with Disabilities in 1992.
  • Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted in 2006. It is an international treaty for the protection of rights and dignity of disabled people.

6. Indian Navy Day: 4 December

  • Every year on December 4, Indian Navy Day is commemorated to honour the sacrifices and accomplishments of our country's naval forces.
  • The day is marked to commemorate the sinking of four Pakistani ships by the Indian navy during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war. The liberation of Bangladesh was the goal of the 1971 Indo-Pak war.
  • The Indian Navy is the naval arm of the Indian Armed Forces, and its Commander-in-Chief is the President of India.
  • The Indian Navy's military staff is led by the Chief of the Naval Staff. Recently, Admiral R Hari Kumar has been appointed as the new Chief of the Naval Staff.
  • To mark the 50th anniversary of India's triumph in the 1971 war, the year 2021 is being celebrated as 'Swarnim Vijay Varsh.'

7. World Soil Day 2021: 5 December

  • World Soil Day is celebrated every year on December 5 to promote awareness of the importance of soil to the survival of all living things on the planet.
  • To mark the birthday of the King of Thailand, HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej, this day was chosen as December 5, who formally carried out the event.
  • The day is commemorated to draw the attention of the people to the importance of healthy soil.
  • “Halt soil salinization, enhance soil production” is the theme of World Soil Day 2021. 
  • The General Assembly of the United Nations decided to dedicate a day in 2013, and the first official day was started on December 5, 2014.
  • The aim of this day is to reduce soil salinization, increase soil productivity, and promote awareness about the problems of soil management and solving the problem of soil salinization. The campaign also takes place every year to improve soil health.

8. India and Bangladesh jointly observed Maitri Divas on December 6.

  • Maitri Divas has been observed jointly by both countries in Belgium, Canada, Egypt, Indonesia, Russia, Qatar, Singapore, the UK, and Australia.
  • Both countries had decided to observe December 6 as Maitri Divas. It is the day on which India recognized Bangladesh as the new country in 1971.
  • India was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic ties with Bangladesh. This year is the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh independence.
  • Maitri Divas is observed to strengthen the ties between India and Bangladesh.

9. International Civil Aviation Day: 7 December

  • International Civil Aviation Day is observed every year on 7 December. It is celebrated to raise awareness about the role and importance of international civil aviation organizations.
  • The theme for International Civil Aviation Day 2021 is “Advancing Innovation for Global Aviation Development.
  • The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 7 December as the International Civil Aviation Day in 1996.
  • International Civil Aviation Day was first celebrated in the year 1994. It was first celebrated to mark the 50th anniversary of the ICAO.
  • International civil aviation organization is responsible for keeping the safety standards of international aviation.
  • ICAO organizes various events, activities, seminars, and sessions related to civil aviation on this occasion.

10. Armed Forces Flag Day: 7 December

  • National armed forces Flag day is also known as the National flag day of India. It is celebrated every year on 7 December.
  • It is observed to honour the martyrs who have heroically fought for the country.
  • Armed Forces Flag Day is dedicated to the soldiers who protect the country’s borders.
  • Indian Armed Forces Flag Day is being celebrated since 1949. A committee was appointed for the observance of the annual Flag Day on 7 December.

Armed forces Flag Day Fund:

It was constituted by Baldev Singh Committee in 1949. In 1993, related welfare funds were consolidated into a single Armed Forces Flag Day Fund (AFFDF).

It is managed by a Managing Committee. Defense Minister (Raksha Mantri) is chairman of this committee.

11. International Anti-Corruption Day: 9 December

  • International Anti-Corruption Day is celebrated every year on 9 December. It is being celebrated every year since 2005.
  • International Anti-Corruption Day is commemorated to recognize the United Nations Convention against Corruption signed in 2003.
  • The theme for the International Anti-Corruption Day 2021 is: “Your right, your role: Say no to Corruption.
  • The General Assembly adopted 9 December as International Anti-Corruption Day to raise awareness about corruption.
  • India's rank has placed on 86th position among 180 countries in the corruption perception index (CPI) in 2020.

12. Human Rights Day: 10 December

  • Every year, Human Rights Day is observed on 10 December. It is celebrated to raise awareness about the social, cultural and physical rights of people.
  • This year’s Human Rights Day theme is “Equality, Reducing inequalities, advancing human rights”.
  • It is observed to mark the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.
  • The principle of equality and non-discrimination are the two main human rights. Human rights are the best ways to reduce inequalities in society.
  • United Nations Human Rights Council established in the year 2006 is responsible for the promotion and protection of human rights in the world.

Human rights:

These are the basic right for all humans around the globe.

It includes the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, etc.

13. International Mountain Day: 11 December

  • International Mountain Day is celebrated annually on 11 December.
  • The UN General Assembly declared the UN International Year of Mountains in 2002.
  • The theme of this year's International Mountain Day (IMD) is sustainable mountain tourism.
  • Mountain tourism can attract around 15 to 20 percent of global tourism. Sustainable tourism can contribute additional and alternative livelihood options.
  • 15% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s land animals and plants live in the mountains.

14. UNICEF Day: 11 December

  • UNICEF Day is observed every year on 11 December. It is observed to raise awareness about saving children’s lives.
  • UNICEF Day was first established by U.N. Relief Rehabilitation Administration on December 11, 1946.
  • It was established after world war to provide immediate relief to children and mothers affected by World War II.
  • Initially, it was established as a temporary relief fund by the United Nations and known as the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund.
  • The theme for this year’s UNICEF Day is to help children recover from interruptions and learning losses experienced through the Pandemic in the last two years.

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):

It is a United Nations agency that was created on 11 December 1946 as United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund.

It works for the overall development of children globally and promotes policies for child protection and inclusion.

Headquarters: New York City, United States

Executive Director: Henrietta H Fore

15. Universal Health Coverage Day: 12 December

  • Universal Health Coverage Day is commemorated every year on 12th December.
  • This day is celebrated to raise awareness about the importance of having robust and resilient world-class health systems globally with multi-stakeholder partners.
  • The theme for Universal Health Coverage Day 2021 is ‘Leave No One Behind When It Comes to Health: Invest in Health Systems for All.’
  • The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution on December 12, 2012, urging countries to accelerate efforts toward universal health care (UHC).
  • On this day in 2017, the United Nations had declared 12 December as International Universal Health Coverage Day.

16. National Energy Conservation Day 2021: 14 December

  • Every year on December 14, National Energy Conservation Day is celebrated.
  • The day is dedicated to raising public awareness about global warming and climate change, as well as encouraging people to save energy.
  • The Energy Efficiency Bureau (BEE) implemented the Energy Conservation Act in 2001.
  • BEE is a constitutional entity that works under the Indian government and aids in the creation of energy-saving policies and programs.
  • The Ministry of Power is commemorating Energy Conservation Week from December 8 to 14, 2021, as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
  • For school children, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency has organized National Level Painting Competitions on Energy Conservation.
  • The theme for the 2021 competition is ‘AzadikaAmritMahotsav: Energy Efficient India” and ‘AzadikaAmritMahotsav: Cleaner Planet’.

17. International Migrants Day: 18 December

  • Every year, 18th December is celebrated as International Migrants day to create awareness regarding the plight of migrants across the world.
  • In December 2000, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 18 December as International Migrants Day.
  • In 1990, the Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.
  • Migration is a global phenomenon driven by many forces. The theme for the year 2021 is 'Harnessing the potential of human mobility'.
  • International Migrants Day was created to commemorate the importance of strengthening international cooperation and migration bilaterally, regionally, and globally.
  • The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has assisted millions of migrants.

18. Goa Liberation Day: 19 December

  • Every year on December 19, Goa Liberation Day is celebrated.
  • Goa was part of Portuguese colonies since 1510. It was liberated by the Indian Army in 1961.
  • Indian military had started ‘Operation Vijay’ on 18 December 1961 to liberate Goa from Portuguese rule. After 36 hours of operation, Indian troops reclaimed the Goa territory on 19 December.
  • Portuguese governor, Manuel Antonio Vassalo e Silva, signed the certificate of surrender, which ended Portuguese rule in Goa. Goa was granted statehood on 30 May 1987.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Goa on December 19 for the 'Goa Liberation Day' celebrations, where he laid the foundation stone for a number of development projects totalling over 650 crores.
  • At the event, PM Modi honored the freedom fighters and veterans of 'Operation Vijay.'
  • The Prime Minister inaugurated several development projects including the renovated Fort Aguada Jail Museum, Super Specialty Block at Goa Medical College, New South Goa District Hospital, Aviation Skill Development Center at Mopa Airport, and a gas-insulated substation at Dabolim-Navelim, Margao.
  • He also laid the foundation stone for the Bar Council of India Trust's India International University of Legal Education and Research in Goa.

19. International Human Solidarity Day 2021: 20 December

  • Every year on December 20, International Human Solidarity Day is celebrated.
  • International Human Solidarity Day is observed to remind people all over the world of the importance of unity.
  • Since 2006, the International Human Solidarity Day has been observed.
  • On December 22, 2005, the United Nations General Assembly declared that the Day will be observed on December 20 each year.
  • In 2003, the United Nations General Assembly had established the World Solidarity Fund that aims to eliminate poverty and promote human development.

20. National Mathematics Day: 22 December

  • National Mathematics Day is celebrated every year on December 22 across the country.
  • It is celebrated as the birth anniversary of mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan. He has given 3500 mathematical formulae to the world.
  • Its main objective is to raise awareness among people about the importance of mathematics for the development of humanity.
  • In 2012, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared 22 December as National Mathematics Day.

Srinivasa Ramanujan:

He was born on 22 December 1887 in Tamil Nadu.

He was the first Indian to be elected a Fellow of Trinity College.

He is also known as the “man who knew infinity”.

He had contributed to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fraction.

He was one of the youngest people to receive the fellowship of the Royal Society.

21. National Farmer's Day: 23 December

  • National Farmer's Day or Kisan Diwas is celebrated every year on 23 December.
  • National Farmer's Day is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Choudhary Charan Singh.
  • This day is celebrated to praise farmers’ contribution to the economy and society and create awareness about the role of farmers in society.
  • In 2001, the government decided to declare 23 December as Kisan Diwas.
  • Chaudhary Charan Singh was the fifth Prime Minister of India from July 28, 1979, to January 14, 1980. He introduced many farmer welfare schemes during his tenure.

22. Siddha Day: 23 December.

  • Fifth Siddha Day was celebrated by AYUSH Ministry on 23rd December 2021.
  • AYUSH Minister Sarbananda Sonowal addressed a gathering on the occasion of Siddha Day.
  • Siddha system of medicine is one of the oldest codified traditions of healthcare.
  • It originated in the Indian sub-continent. It is still being practiced in the southern parts of the country.
  • "Siddhargal" or Siddhars were the premier scholars of this system in ancient times.
  • The word Siddha has its origin in the Tamil word Siddhi. Agastyar or Agasthya, is believed to be the founding father of Siddha Medicine.

23. National Consumer Rights Day 2021: 24 December

  • National Consumer Day, or Bharatiya Grahak Diwas, is celebrated on December 24.
  • The theme of National Consumer Day 2021 is “Tackling Plastic Pollution”. It aims to create awareness regarding consumer rights.
  • On 24 December 1986, the Consumer Protection Bill was passed.  24 December was marked as National Consumer Day under the Consumer Protection Act, 1986.
  • Every year on March 15, World Consumer Rights Day is commemorated.

Consumer Protection Act guarantees six basic rights to consumers:

Right to choose the product.

Right to be protected from all kinds of hazardous goods.

Right to be informed about the performance and quality of all products.

Right to be heard in all decision-making processes related to consumer interests.

Right to seek redressal, whenever consumer rights have been infringed.

Right to complete consumer education.

24. Good Governance Day 2021: 25 December

  • Every year on 25 December Good Governance Day is celebrated in India.
  • It is celebrated to honor the former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his birth anniversary.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi established the Good Governance Day in 2014, since then the day is being celebrated in India.
  • It was founded to raise public awareness of government responsibility among Indian citizens.
  • On December 23, 2014, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee declared former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the winner of the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour for merit.

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