Each year on January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is an international memorial day commemorating the tragedy of the Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War. The Holocaust profoundly affected countries in which Nazi crimes were perpetrated, but also had universal implications and consequences in many other parts of the world. Member States share a collective responsibility for addressing the residual trauma, maintaining effective remembrance policies, caring for historic sites, and promoting education, documentation and research, seven decades after the genocide.
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This year, UNESCO and the United Nations commemorate the International Day with a joint online ceremony and panel discussion. For more information click and register here
Every year on January 26 Republic Day in India. Since 1950 the date is celebrated to honor the date of which the Constitution of India came into effect. India was a colony on the British for over 200 years and became independent from the rule of the British Raj following Indian independence movement. While India became on August 14, 1947, it still did not have a permanent constitution.
Republic day is celebrated with large military parades are held in New Delhi and the state capitals. Representatives of the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force and traditional dance troupes take part in the parades.A grand parade is held in New Delhi and the event starts with India’s prime minister laying a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate, to remember soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their country. India’s president takes the military salute during the parade in New Delhi while state governors take the military salutes in state capitals.
Tu Bishvat (Known as The New Year for Trees)
The 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar—celebrated this year on Monday, January 17, 2022—is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees. Commonly known as Tu Bishvat, this day marks the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.
According to Biblical law, there is a seven-year agricultural cycle, concluding with the Sabbatical year. When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, on years one, two, four, and five of this cycle, farmers were required to separate a tenth of their produce and eat it in Jerusalem. This tithe is called Maaser Sheni, the Second Tithe because it is in addition to the (two percent which must be given to the Kohain, and the) ten percent which is given to the Levite. On the third and sixth years of the cycle, instead of the owners eating the Maaser Sheni in Jerusalem, they gave this second tithe to the poor, who were permitted to consume it wherever they wished. On the Sabbatical year, no tithes are separated. All produce that grows during this year is ownerless and free for anyone to take.
On this day it is customary to partake of the fruit with which the Holy Land is praised (Deuteronomy 8:8): olives, dates, grapes, figs, and pomegranates.
This year on January 18 is National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH). NDORH is an opportunity for people, organizations and communities across the United States to call for racial healing, bring people together in their common humanity and take collective action to create a more just and equitable world. The day was established in 2017 by more than 550 leaders from around the United States who wanted to set aside a day to take action together.
Ways to get involved
- Find ways to reinforce and honor our common humanity and create space to celebrate the distinct differences that make our communities vibrant.
- Acknowledge that there are still deep racial divisions in America that must be overcome and healed, and
- Commit to engaging people from all racial, ethnic, religious and identity groups in genuine efforts to increase understanding, communication, caring and respect for one another.
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The SMHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion Presents: The 6th Annual SMHS Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Three Event Series “Advancing the Dream: We Cannot Walk Alone.” Tuesday, January 18th, Wednesday, January 26th, and Thursday, January 27th, 2022 Click here to register
This year on January 17 Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday in the United States marking the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.
Dr. King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.
World Religion Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of January every year since 1950. The initiative to observe this day was taken by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States.
Although originally the celebration of this day was confined to the United States of America, it is now celebrated in many other nations of the world.
The main purpose of this celebration is to spread the fact that the various religions in the world are not meant to divide the people but unite them all. Many discussions and conferences are held on how to live in harmony along with people of other religions.
We all want peace, respect, happiness irrespective of the religions we belong to and this day reminds us of this.
Have a happy World Religion Day everybody!
National Birth Defects Awareness Month
CDC recognizes January as National Birth Defects Awareness Month. This is a time to raise awareness about birth defects and highlight efforts to improve the health of people living with these conditions across their lifespan. Join the nationwide effort to raise awareness of birth defects and their impact on individuals, parents, and families.
Birth defects are structural changes present at birth that can affect almost any part of the body. Advancements in medicine and surgery have led to better survival, and thankfully more children born with birth defects grow up to lead full lives. Awareness of birth defects across the lifespan helps provide individuals, parents, and families affected by birth defects the information they need to seek proper care. It also gives healthcare professionals the evidence they need to deliver the best care for patients across all stages of life: before and during pregnancy, and in infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. For more information click here