Monday, January 12, 2009

Red letter days

Calendar of dates to remember for prayer and action
(Days established by the United Nations and the Church)

January
1        World Day of Prayer for Peace (Church)
27      Day to Combat Leprosy
30      Commemoration of the death of Gandhi and all Martyrs for Non-violence School day for peace and non-violence

February
11       International Day for the Sick (Church)

March
8        International Women’s Day.  Day for Women’s Rights (UN)
21      International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN)
22      World Water Day (UN)
25      International Day of Solidarity for Those Detained and Disappeared

April
4       Day against Child Prostitution
6       Remembrance of Chernobyl
7       World Health Day (UN)
22     Earth Day
28     World Day for Security and Health on the Job (WLO)

May
1        International Workers’ Day/ Labor Day
3        World Press Freedom Day (UN)
15      International Day of Families/ International Day for Conscientious Objectors (UN)
21      World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (UN)
22      International Day for Biological Diversity (UN)
31      World No-Tobacco Day

June
4       International Day for Innocent Children Victims of Aggression (UN)
5       World Environment Day (UN)
12     World Day to Combat Child Labor (UN)
17     World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (UN)
20     World Refugee Day (UN)
26     International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking/ International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (UN)

July
9        International Day for Destruction of Armaments
11      World Population Day (UN)
16      World Day of Men and Women of the Sea

August
6        Commemoration of Hiroshima
9        Commemoration of Nagasaki
9        International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (UN)
12      International Youth Day (UN)
31      International Solidarity Day

September
8        International Literacy Day (UN)
16      International Day for Preservation of the Ozone Layer (UN)
21      International Day of Peace (UN)

October
First Monday:  World Habitat Day (UN)
1        International Day for Older Persons (UN)
4        Feast of Saint Francis, patron of Ecology
10      World Day against the Death Penalty
16      World Food Day (UN)
17      International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (UN)
24      United Nations Day
27      Day for Prayer in “the Spirit of Assisi”
24-30:  Disarmament Week

November
3        Day for Justice
6        International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in 
    War and Armed Conflict
12      World Day for the Homeless
16      International Day of Tolerance (UN)
20      Universal Children’s Day/Africa Industrialization Day (UN)
25      International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women /World “no-shopping Day
29      International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (UN)

December
1        World AIDS Day
2        International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (UN)
3        International Day of Disabled People (UN)
5        International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development (UN)
10      Human Rights Day (UN)
18      International Migrants Day (UN)
19      United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation

Thanks to Ka Berto!