List of Important Days in September

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1. September 4: Dadabhai Naoroji birth anniversary

  • Born on 4 September 1825, Dadabhai Naoroji was the first person who estimated the national income of India in 1867.
  • He was a moderate leader and the first Asian to become a British MP.
  • He presided three sessions of Congress. They are the Calcutta session in 1886, the Lahore session in 1893 and the Calcutta session in 1906.
  • He proposed the theory of economic drain. He is also known as Grand Old Man of India and official Ambassador of India.
  • Book: Poverty and Un-British Rule in India (published in 1901).


2. September 5: Teacher’s Day  

  • The birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan is celebrated as a teacher’s day since 1962.
  • Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was 2nd President of India and the first Vice President of India.
  • Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was awarded Bharat Ratna in 1954 and Templeton Prize in 1975.
  • His philosophy was based on Advaita Vedanta and he wrote books such as the philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore, The Hindu View of Life, Recovery of Faith.
  • Teacher’s Day is celebrated to honour contributions of teachers.


3. September 5: International Day of Charity

  • International Day of Charity is celebrated annually on 5 September. It marks the death of Mother Teresa, who got a Nobel Prize in 1979 for her work on poverty.
  • She was born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in 1910 and came to India in 1928.
  • She started the order of Missionaries of Charity in Kolkota (Calcutta) in 1950 and died on 5 September 1997.
  • United Nations General Assembly declared 5 September as International Day of Charity in 2012.


4. September 7: International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies

  • On 19 December 2019, UNGA adopted a resolution to observe an international day of clean air for blue skies.
  • The first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies will be observed on 7 September 2020.
  • The day stresses on the need to raise public awareness at every level regarding air pollution and its impact and also to improve air quality.
  • Only 12% of the cities in the world meet WHO standards on air quality.
  • 92% of the world population is exposed to polluted air causing around 7 million premature deaths every year.
  • Theme 2020: “Clean Air for All”
  • Indian Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar will chair a webinar on International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies.
  • He will also review the progress of the measures taken under the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP).


5. September 8: International Literacy Day

  • Theme 2020: “Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond”
  • Over 265 million children are out of school and 22% of them are of primary school age. 
  • 773 million adults still lack basic literacy skills. 
  • SDG-4: Quality Education


6. September 9: International Day to Protect Education from Attack

  • For the first time International Day to Protect Education from Attack is being celebrated on 9 September.
  • Theme: “Protect Education, Save a Generation”
  • In May 2020, United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution and proclaimed 9 September the International Day to Protect Education from Attack.
  • According to the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA), there have been more than 11,000 attacks on education in 36 countries in last five years.
    • It is one of the specialized agencies of the United Nations that aims at promoting world peace through international cooperation in education, science and culture.
    • Established: 1945
    • Members: 193 countries
    • Its headquarters is located in Paris, France.
    • Director-General: Audrey Azoulay


7. September 10: World Suicide Prevention Day

  • Organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and co-sponsored by WHO. 
  • To raise awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented. 
  • WHO had launched a “40 seconds of action” campaign to increase awareness about the scale of suicides all over the world.


8. September 12: United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation 

  • It is celebrated annually to mark the adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (BAPA) in 1978.
  • United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation celebrates economic, social, and political developments made by the regions and countries of the South. 
  • It highlights UN efforts to work on technical co-operation among developed countries.


9. September 14: Hindi Divas (India)

  • Hindi Divas is celebrated annually on 14 September.
  • It commemorates the adoption of Hindi as the official language of India.
  • The Constitutional provisions of Official Language were passed Constituents Assembly on 14 September, 1949 and Hindi became the official language of India.
  • In the list of most spoken languages of the world, Hindi comes in fourth place after Mandarin, Spanish, and English.


10. September 15: Engineer’s Day

  • Celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of India’s greatest engineer Sir M Vishweshvaraya.  
  • He constructed many dams in India including the Krishna Raja Sagara dam.
  • He was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1955.


11. September 15: International Day of Democracy

  • Theme (2019): participation
  • International Day of Democracy presents an opportunity to urge all the governments to respect their citizen’s rights to active, substantive, and meaningful participation in democracy.
  • The First International Day of Democracy was celebrated in 2008.
  • SDG 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies. 


12. September 16: World Ozone Day

  • World Ozone Day is a celebration of the remarkable Montreal Protocol that was signed by many countries to protect the ozone layer. 
  • The ozone layer is the shield of gas that protects the Earth from the harmful UV rays of the sun. 
  • The depletion of ozone layer can cause skin cancer in humans and the destruction of the ecosystem. 
  • Montreal Protocol has led to the phase-out of 99% of the Ozone Depleting Substances.
  • Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol that aims at phasing down HFCs, can avoid up to 0.4° C rise in the earth’s temperature by the end of this century.
  • Theme and tagline: Ozone For Life - 35 Years Of Ozone Layer Protection


13. September 16: M.S. Subbulakshmi birth anniversary

  • She was an Indian Carnatic singer from Madurai, Tamil Nadu.
  • She became the first Indian Musician to receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award (1974). 
  • She has also acted in Tamil films. Her debut film- was Sevasadanam.
  • Awards:
    • Padma Bhushan (1954)
    • Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1956)
    • Padma Vibhushan (1975)
    • Kalidas Samman (1988)
    • Bharat Ratna (1998)


14. September 17: World Patient Safety Day

  • The first World Patient Safety Day is being observed on 17 September 2020 to increase public awareness and spur global action to promote patient safety.
  • On 29 May 2019, 72nd World Health Assembly adopted a resolution to observe World Patient Safety Day annually on 17 September.
  • The day recognizes patient safety as a global health priority and calls for action by all countries and stakeholders to improve patient safety.
  • 134 million adverse events occur each year due to unsafe care in hospitals in low- and middle-income countries, contributing to 2.6 million deaths annually.
  • 4 out of 10 patients are harmed in the primary and ambulatory settings.
  • Theme 2020: "Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety."
  • Slogan: Safe Health workers, Safe patients!


15. September 18: International Equal Pay Day

  • International Equal Pay Day is being celebrated for the first time on 18 September 2020.
  • The day highlights the efforts of achieving equal pay for equal work.
  • On 15 November 2019, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution to observe 18 September as International Equal Pay Day.
  • SDG 5: Gender Equality
  • SDG 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  • Related facts:
    • Women earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, creating a lifetime of income inequality between men and women.
    • Women are mostly concentrated in low-paid, low-skill work with high job insecurity and are under-represented in decision making roles.
    • One of the most vulnerable migrant worker groups is domestic workers who are mostly women.
    • Nearly 65% of people above retirement age without any regular pension are women.


16. September 21: World Alzheimer’s Day

  • World Alzheimer’s Day is celebrated annually on 21 September.
  • Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease that leads to dementia.
  • German psychiatrist and pathologist, Alois Alzheimer described it for the first time in 1906.
  • Its symptoms are memory relate difficulties, mood swings, and disorientation.
  • It may be inherited genetically or caused by head injuries, depression, and hypertension.


17. September 21: International Day of Peace

  • Theme: “Shaping Peace Together”
  • International Day of Peace is celebrated to strengthen the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people.
  • International Day of Peace was started in 1981. In 2001, it was designated as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.


18. September 22: World Rhino Day

  • Every year 22 September is celebrated as World Rhino Day.
  • It was first announced by WWF-South Africa in 2010.
  • Kevin Pietersen a famous cricketer has collaborated with National Geographic for a document Web series “This Rhino: India” for creating awareness to protect One-horned Rhinos in India.
  • One-horned Rhinos is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.


19. September 23: International Day of Sign Languages

  • International Day of Sign Languages is celebrated on 23 September to mark the establishment of the World Federation of the Deaf in 1951. 
  • 2019 Theme: "Sign Language Rights for All!"
  • 2020 Theme: "Sign Languages are for Everyone!"
  • There are approx. 72 million deaf people in the world and more than 80% of them live in developing countries using more than 300 different sign languages. 
  • The day is annually celebrated to raise awareness regarding the importance of sign language for deaf people. 
  • Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes and promotes the use of sign languages. 


20. September 24: National Service Scheme Day

  • NSS was formally launched on 24th September 1969, the birth centenary year of Gandhiji, hence, the day is celebrated every year as NSS day. 
  • Aim of NSS- Develop student’s personality through community service
  • The motto of NSS- “NOT ME BUT YOU” 
  • Logo of NSS is based on Rath Wheel of Konark Sun Temple (The Black Pagoda), Orissa.


21. September 24: World Maritime Day 

  • The celebration of World Maritime Day 2020 will be held at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) headquarters in London.
  • World Maritime Day 2020 parallel event will be organized in Durban, South Africa in October.
  • The theme provides an opportunity for world leaders from shipping and other sectors to reflect on the work done so far and the urgent steps needed for a sustainable future.
  • Theme: “Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet."


22. September 25: Birth Anniversary of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya 

  • He joined the RSS in 1942 and remained a pracharak till the end. 
  • He has been the President of Bhartiya Jana Sangh. 
  • Many government schemes and programmes have been named after him like Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana, Den Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana, etc
  • He is known for his philosophy of integral humanism.
  • In February 2020, the tallest statue of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya was unveiled by PM Modi.


23. September 25: Birth Anniversary of Satish Dhawan

  • Indian Mathematician and aerospace engineer
  • Father of Experimental Fluid Dynamics research in India. 
  • Third Chairman of ISRO - 1972
  • The satellite launch centre at Sriharikota was renamed to the Satish Dhawan Space Centre to honour his contribution to the Indian Space Programme.
  • Awards- Padma Vibhushan (1981) and Padma Bhushan (1971)


24. September 26: International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

  • Provides an opportunity to educate the people and national leaders about the benefits of eliminating nuclear weapons.
  • Mobilize international efforts towards achieving the common goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.
  • "The only sure way to eliminate the threat posed by nuclear weapons is to eliminate the weapons themselves." - UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
  • 26 September was declared as International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons in 2013.


25. September 27: World Tourism Day

  • Its purpose is to create awareness among the global community of tourism’s social, cultural, political, and economic value. 
  • Despite the fact that tourism generates 10% of world jobs, its role in job creation is often undervalued.
  • UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) expects tourism to grow at an average of 3% annually until 2030. 
  • Related SDGs:
  • SDG 8: Inclusive and sustainable economic growth and employment
  • SDG 12: Sustainable consumption and production


26. September 28: International Day for Universal Access to information

  • On 17 November 2015, a resolution was adopted by UNESCO declaring 28th September as International Day for Universal Access to Information. 
  • On 15 October 2019, UN General Assembly adopted 28 September as International Day for Universal Access to information.
  • SDG 16.10- Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements.
  • Theme: “Access to information in times of crisis”


27. September 28: Bhagat Singh birth anniversary

  • He was a socialist revolutionary and Indian freedom fighter.
  • In March 1926, Naujawan Bharat Sabha was founded by him. Along with other leaders, he also founded the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association. He also served as secretary of Kirti Kisan Party
  • In December 1928, Bhagat Singh and Shivaram Rajguru confused John Saunders with James Scott and fired on him to take revenge of the death of Lala Lajpat Rai.
  • In April 1929, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt threw bombs inside Central Legislative Assembly.
  • Along with Sukhdev and Shivaram Rajguru, he was hanged on 23 March 1931.


28. September 28: Lata Mangeshkar birth anniversary

  • Lata Mangeshkar is an Indian playback singer, who received Bharat Ratna in 2001.
  • She received Padma Bhushan in 1969, Padma Vibhushan in 1999, and Officer of the Legion of Honour by France in 2007.
  • She has sung in more than 36 regional languages from India and foreign countries.
  • After M. S. Subbulakshmi, she is only a second vocalist to receive Bharat Ratna.


29. September 28: World Rabies Day

  • World Rabies Day is celebrated to raise awareness about Rabies prevention and highlight the progress in defeating this disease. 
  • It also marks the death anniversary of Louis Pasteur, who developed the first rabies vaccine.
  • Rabies is a viral disease transmitted from animals to humans.
  • Theme: “End Rabies: Collaborate, Vaccinate”


30. September 29: World Heart Day

  • A global campaign to highlight that by controlling risk factors like tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, etc. at least 80% of the premature deaths from CVDs can be avoided. 
  • Cardiovascular Diseases including heart disease and stroke accounts for 17.9 million deaths globally. 
  • World leaders committed to reducing global mortality from Non-Communicable Diseases by 25% by 2025. 


31. September 30: International Translation Day

  • International Translation Day is celebrated annually on 30 September, the day dedicated to St. Jerome.
  • St. Jerome is considered as the patron saint of translators.
  • He translated the Bible from Greek manuscripts of the New Testament into Latin.
  • He died on 30 September 420.
  • International Translation Day is an opportunity to honor the role of language professionals in connecting nations and fostering peace.


32. World Rivers Day (fourth Sunday of September)

  • It was for the first time celebrated in 2005.
  • Water for Life Decade was launched by United Nations General Assembly in 2005.
  • World Rivers Day is celebrated to make people aware of important rivers.
  • Water Action Decade, 2018-2028 was launched by UN General Assembly on 22 March 2018.


33. World Deaf Day (last Sunday of September)

  • It is celebrated every year on the last Sunday of September 
  • It draws the attention of people and authorities towards the achievements and challenges of the deaf community.
  • The last full week of September is every year celebrated as International Week of the Deaf.


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