Nutrition Calendar

It is celebrated every year on January 24. Since 2008, the Ministry of Woman and Child Development observes this day by focusing attention on major issues faced by girls in India to promote awareness on the rights of a girl child, health and nutrition.

The day is observed to raise awareness on the disease all around the world. In India it is observed on 30th January.

On 30 January 2020 concerted global efforts to fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) will kick off, including in India, to focus attention and work towards meeting commitments under the Sustainable Development Goals.

Observed globally on February 4 every year, the event seeks to create awareness about cancer including prevention and treatment.. The day was first established on February 4, 2000, at the World Cancer Summit Against Cancer for the New Millenium, held in Paris.

Marked on February 10 in India since 2015, the event sees campaign to deworm all pre-school and school-age children between the age of 1-19 years through platform of schools and Anganwadis. Deworming is essential for children as worms can cause anemia, malnourishment and lead to mental health damage thus posing a serious threat to their development.

Held on February 11 every year by UNESCO, and UN-Women in collaboration with many institutions and civil society partners, it aims to promote equal access to women and girls in the field of Science.

Celebrated across the globe on 13 February, it aims to highlight the role of radio in educating people, disseminating information, and promoting freedom of expression across all cultures. Originally proposed by Spain, it was proclaimed on November 2, 2011, at UNESCO’s 36th General Conference.

Observed across the world February 20 every year, it seeks to put spotlight on the need to recognize and work towards eradication of global issues such as poverty, exclusion and unemployment. The day was institutionalized by United Nations General Assembly on 26 November, 2007 though the annual event started only in 2009

March 8 is marked every year as International Women’s Day to promote economic, cultural and social rights of women across the globe. The Socialist Party in America had organized a Women’s Day on February 28, 1909 in New York, after which a German Revolutionary Clara Zetkin proposed at the 1910 International Socialist Woman's Conference, that March 8 should be celebrated annually to honour the working women.

Poshan Pakwada was initiated by Ministry of Women and Child Development, as a part of Poshan Abhiyaan to promote the importance of nutrition and sanitation in rural and urban parts of India. It was launched on International Women’s Day and was celebrated this year from March 8 to March 22nd.

It is celebrated from March 10 to 16 to encourage people to eliminate Glaucoma - a condition of increased pressure within the eyeball, leading to gradual loss of sight -through regular eye check-ups.

Celebrated on March 12 every year, the event seeks of highlight the importance of kidney health and raise public aware of the several diseases related to this vital organ.

Focusing on consumer rights, the annual event on March 14 seeks to raise awareness on the laws that seek to protect the basic rights of the consumers everywhere. It also offers a platform to raise voice in case of any violation of those rights. The day was first observed in 1962, with former US president John F Kennedy speaking up on consumer rights.

Since 2013, March 21 has annually been observed as the International Day of Forests International Day of Forests to highlight the importance of conserving all types of forests and tress outside forests for the benefit of current and future generations.

Observed annually on March 22 to advocate sustainable management of freshwater resources, the day aims to educate the people all over the world on water-related issues, like waster scarcity, water pollution, inadequate water supply, etc. The day was first formally proposed in Agenda 21 of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. In 1993, the practice of observing World Water Day commenced..

The day is observed every year on March 24 to honour Dr Robert Koch’s discovery of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis -the bacteria that is responsible for causing tuberculosis- in 1882. The event also seeks to raise public awareness on the dangers and impact of tuberculosis.

Celebrated in honour of Eniyavan, a popular idly caterer from Chennai, who on March 30, 2015., prepared and catered a staggering 1,328 varieties of idlis to popularise the nutritious food and commemorate this day. A giant 44-kilogram idly was cut by a top bureaucrat to seal the deal and declare March 30 as World Idli Day

Sponsored by World Health Organisation (WHO) and other health organizations, April 7 is observed across the world as World Health Day to raise an awareness on global health issues. The day was first observed in 1950.

April 11 marks National Safe Motherhood Day, observed annually since 2010 to raise awareness about proper healthcare of woman, including need for good nutritional facilities to pregnant women and lactating mothers. It also focuses on reducing anemia among women, institutional delivery for better pre and post natal health care, etc.

Another global event on April 11 every year marks the birthday of Dr J. Parkinson, an English surgeon, best known for his 1817 work, An Essay on the Shaking Palsy. The day is meant to raise awareness on Parkinson’s disease, a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement, by organizing marathons in several cities across the world.

Observed annually on April 17 since 1989 to increase awareness on hemophilia and other genetic bleeding disorders, it seeks to bring under focus millions of people, who suffer from such disorders and do not get access to treatment. The day was first observed by the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) to commemoration WFH founder Frank Schnabel’s birthday on April 17.

Concerns over environment protection marks the annual event on April 22. The idea was first propagated by a peace activist named John McConnell and the first event was held on March 21, 1970.

To be observed on April 25, it focuses on global efforts to combat Malaria. The first World Malaria day was established in May 2007 at the 60th session of the World Health Assembly, WHO's decision-making body. The day was established to provide education on the disease and also ways of controlling it. However, the idea first originated from Africa Malaria Day, which was celebrated in 2001.

Organised from April 24–30, the week-long event seeks to highlight the importance of vaccination to protect people against all types of diseases. It was first endorsed by the World Health Assembly in May 2012.

Also referred to as Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), or National Health Protection Scheme, is celebrated across the country on April 30. The program aims at promoting and making medical facilities available and affordable in the remotest parts of the country for the poor. It was originally launched in 2018, under Ayushman Bharat Mission of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).

To be celebrated on May 5 this year to raise awareness on the health condition and several risks attached to it, it is organised every year by GINA with different themes. The day was first observed in 1998.

Marked on May 8 every year, the event honours all those who strive and show courage to lead normal lives while battling with the disease. The day is also celebrates the tireless efforts of all those scientists who have dedicated themselves to ensuring a better life for those with Thalassemia.

Celebrated on May 11 to honor mothers, the event highlights the importance of maternal bonds, and motherhood. The day was first celebrated in 1908 in West Virginia, when Anna Maria Jarvis, the founder of the day, held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton.

The day is celebrated on May 12 to honour the contribution of the nurses to the society. It was observed for the first time in 1965.

May 15 marks the day to promote awareness on issues relating to families, and understanding social, economic and demographic processes that affect families. It was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993.

Celebrated on May 22 to observe the importance of biodiversity, and raise awareness on the need to protect all kinds of biodiversity, the day was proclaimed by the second committee of UN General Assembly 29 December, 1993.

Observed on May 28 every year by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and its global partners, the event seeks to raise awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco and wean people away from using tobacco in any form.

An awareness campaign commemorated on May 28 seeks to draw attention to millions of people suffering from chronic hunger around the world. It is an initiative started in 2011 by The Hunger Project to eradicate hunger and poverty related issues from all parts of the world.

On June 1, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations celebrates World Milk Day to recognize milk as a global food. The event, first celebrated in 2001, also seeks to draw attention of the people towards development of dairy sector.

June 5 is a landmark day to raise awareness on environment issues and their fallout. It stresses on the need to protect the environment by reaching out to the people across the world.

In December 2018 the General Assembly decided to designate June 7 as World Food Safety Day. It focuses on recognizing the vital role of food safety to uplift the level of nutrition and promote food safety to incentivise healthy diets.

The day is celebrated on June 14 across the globe to raise awareness on the importance of safe blood productsm and to extend gratitude to the those who donate blood to save the lives of those in need. The annual event, which is part of eight official global health campaigns, took off in 2004 under the World Health Organisation (WHO) umbrella.

Celebrated annually on June 21, it was conceived by United Nations General Assembly and was proclaimed on 11 December 2014. The day focuses on raising awareness about the benefits of practicing Yoga.

The day is observed globally on June 26 to address issues related to drug abuse and illegal trafficking.

The day is observed on July 1 annually in the honor of Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy, a physician, and also pay tribute to doctors who play a crucial role in shaping our lives and safeguarding our health. The day is marked by several events in the honor of the medical community.

Held on July 6 every year to commemorate the anniversary of the day in 1885, when Louis Pasteur successfully administered the first vaccine against Rabies virus, a zoonotic disease. Events held on the day seek to raise awareness against the disease and ways to keep it under check.

Observed on July 11 every year to raise awareness related to population, such as importance of family planning, gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights. It was established by the governing council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, cashing on the public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987.

The July 15 event seeks to emphasize on need for enhancing skills of the youths across the world by advocating skill as an important factor to equip the young generation for addressing the issues challenging the globalization.

The day is observed on July 28 annually to raise awareness on Hepatitis A and B, and to encourage people to go for vaccination, immunization, and ways to prevent the disease. The inaugural International Hepatitis C Awareness day, coordinated by various European and Middle Eastern Patient Groups and Baby Muriel, first took place on October 1, 2004. In May 2010 World Hepatitis Day was inaugurated during 63rd World Health Assembly.

July 29 marks the recognition accorded to the importance of healthy environment for ensuring a stable and productive society for the wellbeing of the present and future generations.

The annual event from August 1-7 is celebrated across more than 120 countries to re-establishing a global breastfeeding culture and facilitate support for breastfeeding everywhere. The week was first observed in 1992 by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA).

It is observed on August 9 to promote and protect the rights of the indigenous people and recognizes their contributions in making the world a better place to live. It was established by United Nations General Assembly on December 1994.

It is celebrated on August 12 to draw the attention of the people towards legal and cultural issues that surround the youths of today. United Nations finalized the day in 1999 and the first celebrations took place on 12 August 2000. The trend of hosting concerts, workshops, cultural events and meetings continues .

Marking the birth anniversary of hockey legend Dhyan Chand on August 29, it is celebrated across various countries in the true spirit of sports and to honour its role in our lives.

The week long annual celebrations from September 1-7 seeks to make people realize the importance of nutrition in everyone’s lives and to curb the problem of malnutrition. It was initiated in March 1973 by the members of the American Dietetic Association (now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics), to deliver the nutrition education message to the public while promoting the profession of dietetics. Taking note of public response in 1980, Indian government has also been holding annual celebrations since 1982.

The day is celebrated on September 2 to make people aware of the importance of coconut in daily lives, as well as its role in poverty eradication. This has led to greater stress being laid on the protection of coconut trees on a large scale.

It is celebrated on September 8 every year to highlight the importance of literacy among the individuals, communities and societies. It was established by UNESCO on 26 October, 1966.

Observed on September 10, the event seeks to raise awareness about the need to curb crimes committed by the individuals, specially suicides. The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) has been collaborating since 2003 with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) to host the annual event.

The day is observed on September 16 every year to commemorate the signing of the Montreal Protocol on reducing use of substances that deplete the ozone layer.

The day is celebrated on September 21 annually with several organizations dedicated to the treatment of the condition striving to raise awareness about the medical condition among the masses.

Held on October 6, the annual event since 1996 seeks to raise awareness about scores of problems that can affect joints, the tissues that surround the joint, and other connective tissue. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis.

October 10 marks global efforts to raise awareness on mental health education, and advocate against its perception as a social taboo. It was first celebrated in 1992 by World Federation for Mental Health in collaboration with other global mental health organizations in more than 150 countries.

Celebrated every year on October 11 since 2012 to fight against the gender bias all around the world, the event seeks to draw attention of the people towards the challenges and problems faced by a girl child, and promoting girl’s empowerment.

The annual event on October 15 seeks to highlight the contribution of rural women and indigenous women in agriculture, improving food security, and eradicating rural poverty. The idea was first put across at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, in 1995. The first celebration was held on October 15, 2008.

Annually on October 15, the day is observed as a remembrance for the parents who lost their infants, or had a miscarriage. The event has an interesting history. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Movement began in America on October 25, 1988. President Ronald Reagan designated the month of October 1988 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Every year, this day is observed with remembrance ceremonies and candle light vigils, across several countries.

Another important event held on October 15 every year are campaigns to highlight the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent any kind of disease. It was established by The Global Handwashing Partnership (GHP) (formerly called "Public Private Partnership for Handwashing" (PPPHW)) in 2008, as a way to promote a global and local vision of handwashing with soap.

The day is observed on October 20 every year to raise global awareness about Osteoporosis - a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. As a result, bones become weak and may break from a fall. The event seeks to enhance awareness about the condition, need for early diagnosis, prevention and treatment. The day was first observed on October 20, 1996 by UK’s National Osteoporosis Society.

Marked October 29 annually, the event strives to raise awareness about the chronic autoimmune condition that causes rapid buildup of skin cells, leading to scaling on the skin's surface.

Celebrated on November 1 every year, by the vegans to highlight the benefits of Veganism for humans, and to advocate awareness about animal rights. The day was established by British animal rights activist, Louise Wallis in 1994.

November 7 every year marks global attention on the need to protect and ensure proper development of the infants and young children, to ensure their well-being.

The events on November 12 provide a platform for people across the world to come together and pledge to fight against pneumonia, an infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs. It is also celebrated in remembrance of Jonas Salk, an American medical researcher and virologist who discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines.

It is celebrated annually by International Diabetes Federation (IDF) on November 14 to focus on themes related to diabetes. The day was proclaimed on 1991 by IDF and WHO in response to the accelerating rise of diabetes all around the world.

It is celebrated every year on November 14 in India, though the dates are different for the other countries. The day is observed to celebrate children and childhood. In India the day also commemorates the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, who was fondly referred to as ‘Chacha Nehru’ by kids.

It is observed globally on November 19 to explore ways to tackle sanitation crisis. The day was established by the World Toilet Organization (WYO) in 2001.Twelve years later in 2013, the UNGC declared it as an official UN day.

It is celebrated on November 20 every year, to promote international togetherness among the children all around the world. The day was established in 1954. The UNGA encouraged all the countries to introduce this annual event.

It is celebrated on November 26 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Verghese Kurien, the chief architect of Operation Flood, launched in 1970s. The day essentially marks the importance of milk in every person’s life, to celebrate the contribution of the people in the dairy industry who put immense efforts to meet the needs of the milk consumers in the country.

It is celebrated every year on December 1 to raise awareness about AIDS pandemic caused by HIV infection, and remembering those who lost their battle against this disease. The day was first celebrated in 1988. World AIDS Day was initially conceived by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter in August 1987. They took their idea to Dr. Jonathan Mann, Director of the Global Programme on AIDS (now known as UNAIDS), who approved the concept and finalized the decision on December 1, 1998.

The day is observed on December 2 every year in remembrance of thousands of people, who lost their lives due to the infamous Bhopal Gas leak. The day is observed to raise awareness on controlling and management of industrial disasters, check pollution emitted due to industrial processes or human negligence.

Observed on December 3 every year to spread awareness about disability-related issues and to mobilize support to help provide a life of dignity to the disabled people all across the world. The day has been observed by the United Nations since 1992.

On December 5 global efforts zero on efforts to encourage volunteer-involving organizations and individual volunteers in promoting volunteerism, and to gain government’s attention towards recognizing volunteer efforts in achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local, national and international levels. The day was proclaimed by United Nations General Assembly in 1985.

This day is widely celebrated every year on December 5 to mark the importance of soil for basic survival purposes, such as food and energy. The day is promoted by many soil scientists and organizations around the world, like the International Union of Soil Sciences, with the help of social media.

The day is celebrated on December 23 every year in India to commemorate the birth anniversary of the fifth Prime Minister of India, Chaudhary Charan Singh, who was also a farmers leader. The day focuses of improving the economic conditions of farmers in the country.

Celebrated in India on December 25 since 2014 to coincide with the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The event seeks to foster awareness among the people of the need for accountability in government.